Time | 2018 International Tour




December Dance International Festival
Concertgebeouw Brugge
Saturday, 15th December 2018



C’est Central
Tuesday, 18th December 2018



Théâtre de la Ville Luxembourg
Friday, 21st December 2018


Show Overview

The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) is thrilled to present Time –a riveting triple bill from highly acclaimed New Zealand, Korean and Australian choreographers, Ross McCormack, KIM Jae Duk and Stephanie Lake. Artistic Director Shona McCullagh has drawn together works that each speak to a different concept of time—using ideas of contrasting speeds, dystopian futures and the link of our present to the past.

Matter “an aesthetic and conceptual masterpiece” by Ross McCormack (New Zealand Arts Laureate) is a powerful work inspired by several multi-disciplinary artists created by one of New Zealand’s finest and internationally acclaimed dance artists (les balllets C de la B). With an absurdist eye for detail, McCormack created a mythological yet futuristic work where questions of purpose, indecision, and human obsession with order are contemplated within a surreal world of poles. With sound by Jason Wright and light design by Jo Kilgour this work is starkly powerful. “The world of Matter is a total triumph of collaboration, light, sounds, and ultimately…
vision” (DANZ)

Choreographer KIM Jae Duk’s quartet Sigan, commissioned for NZDC, draws from the dual themes of meditation and attack, with a dynamic score created by Jae Duk himself featuring traditional Korean instruments: jang-gu (drum), kkwaenggwari (small gong) and jing (large gong) within a contemporary composition. The stunning dancers of NZDC shine in this work that is “…not only visually, but techinically flawless.” (DANZ)

If Never Was Now by renowned Australian choreographer Stephanie Lake is a surreal hive of buzzing activity reflecting the beauty and brutality of the natural world linked to our past through “… moments of darkness, violent aggression, frustration with chaos amongst playfulness.” (Theatreview) A Helpmann Award winning choreographer and former Sidney Myer Creative Fellow and Dame Peggy Van Praagh Choreographic Fellow, Lake is one of the world’s most innovative choreographers of her time, with her work having been performed widely internationally. If Never was Now was first commissioned and presented by Dancenorth Australlia as part of the double bill, If ____Was_____ curated by Dancenorth’s Artistic Director, Kyle Page. The score by Robin Fox reflects our ever-increasing digital world and is a powerful collaboration including costume designer Andrew Treloar and lighting designer Ben Shaw.

Creative Team

Chief Executive & Artistic Director: Shona McCullagh
Producer: Behnaz Farzami
Production Manager: Jo Kilgour
Rehearsal Director/Artistic Executive/Marketing Designer: Caroline Bindon

Carl Tolentino
Chrissy Kokiri
Katie Rudd
Xin Ji
Lucy Lynch
Emily Adams
Chris Clegg
Christina Guieb

Sebastian Geilings

Choreographer & Set Designer: Ross McCormack
Composer: Jason Wright 
Light Designer: Jo Kilgour
Costume Designer: Vicki Slow

Choreographer & Composer: KIM Jae Duk
Costumes Designer: Elizabeth Whiting 
Set Designer: Rachael Walker
Light Designer: Jo Kilgour

If Never Was Now
Choreographer & Director: Stephanie Lake
Composer: Robin Fox
Lighting Designer: Ben (Bosco) Shaw
Costume Designer: Andrew Treloar

If Never Was Now was first commissioned and presented by Dancenorth Australia as part of the double bill, If ____Was_____ curated by Dancenorth’s Artistic Director, Kyle Page.

Stamps of Approval


“The world of Matter is a total triumph of collaboration, light, sounds, and ultimately… vision” Paul Young (DANZ)

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“It is masterfully choreographed with elegiac dendritic twitching, inventive partnering and mesmerising group sequences” Lyne Pringle (Dominion Post)

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Sigan, by Korean composer/choreographer Kim Jae Duk, is precise and controlled…” Raewyn Whyte (NZ Herald)

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“… is the choreographic highlight of the programme…It’s a dynamic quality I haven’t seen in a long time, and I find Kim’s choreographic choices intriguing.” Chloe Klein (Theatreview)

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If Never was Now

“…we were introduced to a sense of whimsicality, offset with moves that were as playful and striking as they were somewhat rebellious.” (Express Magazine)

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“The movement is eccentric and imaginative as the dancers, dressed in aluminous pink trousers and nude tops, travel and immerse themselves in white polystyrene beads.” Laureen Sanderson (DANZ)

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