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.