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Internationally Eclectic

Internationally Eclectic

“The Royal New Zealand Ballet may be based a long way from the main centres of ballet, but the repertory for its UK tour is as international as it is eclectic,” Judith Mackrell writes…

Bringing Life Force to Nevada

Bringing Life Force to Nevada

Hastings-based full-time Maori dance company Kahurangi recently performed at the Carson City Library in Nevada as part of a theatre in education tour of Canada and the United States. A performance by…

Crowds Go Wild

Crowds Go Wild

Gisborne hosted as many as 25, spectators and 2 competitors at this year’s National Kapa Haka Festival, Te Matatini o Te Ra, held from16 through 2 February, with Rotorua-based Te Matarae i Orehu taking…

Star Dancer Touring

Star Dancer Touring

Christchurch-born Dancing with the Stars judge Brendan Cole was recently in Scotland touring with his own theatre show Live and Unjudged. The professional dancer, known for his snake hips and equally venomous…

Dancing Success

Dancing Success

A New Zealand dancer took out one of the top accolades in the dancing world at this year’s Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards. Following in the success of her dance company, Rambert Dance, Pieter…

Musical Fashion

Musical Fashion

Fashion designers Trelise Cooper and Karen Walker are among a wave of labels turning their hand to costume design in 2011. Cooper has created costumes for the Victorian Opera and NBR New Zealand Opera’s…

Ballet Appointment

Ballet Appointment

The Royal New Zealand Ballet has appointed American dancer Ethan Stiefel, 37, as artistic director of the company. Stiefel, who assumes the role in 211, will be taking over from London-born Gary Harris, who…

Hands Like Wings

Hands Like Wings

Lemi Ponifasio’s 29 work Birds with Skymirrors, which was performed by his company MAU at this year’s Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, is awarded four stars by Guardian reviewer Alice Bain. “With Skymirrors, fills…

Excelling on all levels

Excelling on all levels

Dunedin ballerina Jordan Mullin, 16, had high hopes ahead of her 21 McDonald’s Ballet Scholarship contemporary and classical solos in the Concert Hall at Sydney Opera House. Mullin, who moved to the Gold Coast…

Tumult at Tanz

Tumult at Tanz

New Zealand-based choreographer Lemi Ponifasio and his troupe MAU continue their worldwide tour performing Tempest: Without a Body at Berlin’s Internationales Tanzfest on August 28-29. In an interview with English-language magazine ExBerliner, Samoan-born Ponifasio…

Chance taken

Chance taken

Auckland-based hip-hop women’s dance troupe Request has won the 21 World Hip Hop Dance Championship at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The eight-member group is the first dance crew from New Zealand to…

Current choreography

Current choreography

New Zealand-based theatre-artist and choreographer Lemi Ponifasio and his troupe MAU have taken Tempest: Without a Body to this year’s Venice contemporary dance festival. Guardian reviewer Judith Mackrell called the performance “an intensely crafted…

Seriously moving

Seriously moving

Choreographer Neil Ieremia’s contemporary dance group Black Grace’s Gathering Clouds performance in February at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre is reviewed in the New Jersey State Ledger. Reviewer Robert Johnson writes: “Black Grace takes its dancing…

Graceful turns with clouds

Graceful turns with clouds

Contemporary dance company Black Grace is touring the US making their debut at Princeton University’s McCarter Theatre in late February, performing their signature work “Minoi” and their latest work “Gathering Clouds”. One…

Part of the whole

Part of the whole

New Zealand-born choreographer and video artist Olive Bieringa — who with American Otto Ramstad form the San Francisco-based BodyCartography Project — …

Shadows and light

Shadows and light

New Zealand choreographer Lemi Ponifasio’s “disturbing, visually beautiful” Tempest: without a body, recently performed as part of the Sydney Festival, is reviewed by The Australian’s Deborah Jones who describes Tempest as a production with…

Top 50 title for Wright

Top 50 title for Wright

Ghost Dance, the 2004 memoir by dancer and choreographer Douglas Wright, has been selected in Richard Canning’s Fifty Gay & Lesbian Books Everybody Must Read (Alyson Books, New York, 2009). ‘This untypical…

Big Cheers for Danielle

Big Cheers for Danielle

Auckland dancer and Warriors rugby league cheerleader Danielle Miller, 22, has been named Big League’s 2009 Cheergirl of the Year the first time it has been awarded to someone outside NSW or ACT in…

Inspired by Wings

Inspired by Wings

New Zealand choreographer and Rambert Dance Company’s artistic director Mark Baldwin is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth with The Comedy of Change, a new work inspired by Darwin’s theory of the…

Educating Through Dance

Educating Through Dance

Atamira Dance Collective’s production ‘Ngai Tahu 32’ has made its Australian debut, performing in Tasmania’s premier arts festival — Ten Days on the Island 2009 — and is reviewed by Kylie Eastley, writing for…

Island Choreography

Island Choreography

Dance troupe Black Grace are in Guam performing a series of workshops in local schools and at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort for an audience at a gala dinner. Black Grace was founded in…

Top Honours for Bell

Top Honours for Bell

New Zealand dancer Rodney Bell earned an ‘Izzie’ at the 23rd Isadora Duncan Dance Awards in San Francisco last week, for his part in the Axis Dance Company’s ensemble performance ‘To Color Me…

A Vision in Ribbons

A Vision in Ribbons

Auckland ballerina 16-year-old Hannah O’Neill — who recently won first prize at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland — is in her second year at the Australian Ballet School and “has a luminous quality…

Ode to the Environment

Ode to the Environment

Auckland choreographer Lemi Ponifasio and his 24-member dance troupe MAU performed ‘Requiem’ at New York’s Rose Theater as part of the city’s Mostly Mozart Festival – the company’s first ever US show. Commissioned by…

Weathering the Storm

Weathering the Storm

Rotorua-born and Ruatoria-raised political campaigner and artist Tame Iti has the leading role in a Europe-bound performance based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Iti will perform in Tempest II with the 15-member Mau Dance Company….

Dispelling the Myths

Dispelling the Myths

Black Grace is in Aspen where founder and artistic Neil Ieremia is helping the American public come to grips with a dance company “from a place not especially known for dance.” Ieremia has…

Sydney Sees Red

Sydney Sees Red

Established in 1953, the Royal New Zealand Ballet had humble beginnings, performing nationwide with a company of three and a pianist. Now 32-strong, and with an international reputation to boot, the RNZB…

Contemporary Navigation

Contemporary Navigation

Dancer and choreographer Jeremy Nelson’s latest performance Sail, is inspired by his childhood in New Zealand; inspired by the sea, the Maori haka and rugby. Nelson performed Sail at New York’s Danspace Project,…

Familiar sights in Utah

Familiar sights in Utah

25,000 International Rotary members were treated to a Polynesian luau at a Utah convention centre this month. The performance, which involved story, song and dance, was put on by Kaeo-born Dave Atkinson, chairman of…

Edge Moves

Edge Moves

An American dance professor gained a fascinating insight into NZ culture during an exchange organised by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Tarin Chaplin wrote about her time in Auckland and Wellington in a…

Chinese tour for RNZB

Chinese tour for RNZB

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is set for its first tour of China since 1985. The company has been invited to perform at the Shanghai International Arts Festival in November and will stage further…

Kahurangi in Kuala Lumpur

Kahurangi in Kuala Lumpur

The Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre will celebrate Waitangi Day in Kuala Lumpur, performing at the Malaysia-New Zealand Cultural Extravaganza. Founded by Tama Huata in 1983, Kahurangi has showcased the songs and dances of the…

Dance film tackles domestic drama

Dance film tackles domestic drama

Shona McCullagh’s short film Break was a highlight of the Dance on Camera Festival at New York’s Walter Reade Theatre, according to the New York Times. Set in rural NZ, ‘Break’ illustrates, with surprising subtlety, the breakdown…

Kudos for Kahurangi

Kudos for Kahurangi

The Kahurangi Maori Dancers made a big impression on natives of Penticton, British Columbia, this month. The dance group, which comprises graduates of NZ’s Takitimu Performing Arts School, regularly tours North America, as well…

Good Things Come in Threes

Good Things Come in Threes

The Royal NZ Ballet’s recent tour earned high praise in the Australian national media. The RNZB performed a trio of works by Christopher Hampson, Javier de Frutos and Michael Parmenter, collectively entitled Trinity. The…

Douglas Wright’s “poem of love, cruelty and death”

Douglas Wright’s “poem of love, cruelty and death”

During his dance career Douglas Wright was said to resemble Nijinsky in his face, his flair and his soaring leap. He now has the taut, high cheekbones, full lips and furrowed brow of…

On the Mark

On the Mark

The Guardian hails the rise and rise of Mark Baldwin, Fijian-born NZ-raised artistic director of London’s renowned Rambert Dance Company. After just three years in the job, Baldwin has significantly increased the Company’s…

Princes of Darkness

Princes of Darkness

Black Grace was invited to perform again at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival after being the surprise hit of the event last year. “Never before has this reviewer seen a group of male dancers who…

Heavenly Creatures

Heavenly Creatures

The Royal NZ Ballet impresses critics with its first foray into Sydney. The Herald reviewer is particularly taken with the show’s titular piece, A Million Kisses to My Skin. “I suspect that the…

Memorable Moves

Memorable Moves

The Royal NZ Ballet’s performance of Javier Frutos’ Milagros made the Observer‘s top ten dance moments of 2004. The piece toured the UK in May as part of an RNZB triple bill.

Black Grace “a revelation”

Black Grace “a revelation”

The US debut of Black Grace was one of the New York Times’ dance highlights of 2004. Says reviewer Jennifer Dunning; “The audience was filled with Berkshires vacationers of all ages and degrees of…

Dance Floor Casanova

Dance Floor Casanova

“Strapping Kiwi dancer,” Brendan Cole, has found UK tabloid immortality as the fiery star of hit BBC1 show Strictly Come Dancing. Cole won the first series with TV presenter partner Natasha Kaplinsky – with…

Good gut feeling

Good gut feeling

The Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre enthralled Boston audiences, according to the Village Voice. “From rapid finger flutters to haka warrior poses, thrusts, and vocal outbursts so strong you feel them in your gut, Tama…

Edge awardees

Edge awardees

NZ performers Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Ross McCormack were commended at the annual Helpmann Awards in Sydney, August 10. Rhodes was named Best Male Performer in an Opera for his lead role in…

Graceful Entry

Graceful Entry

Black Grace made its highly anticipated US debut at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Boston, earning ecstatic reviews from the national press. New York Times: “This modern-dance company from NZ exceeded expectations in…

Strictly First

Strictly First

NZ ballroom dancer Brendan Cole won the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing contest with celebrity partner Natasha Kaplinsky. Hosted by Bruce Forsyth, the series was one of the surprise hits of…

Pushing the boundaries

Pushing the boundaries

Dunedin born dancer/choreographer Carol Brown has won two major European awards; the NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts) Dream Time Award in the UK, and the Ludwig Forum International Art…

RNZB Romances Britain

RNZB Romances Britain

The Royal NZ Ballet production of Romeo and Juliet – helmed by star British choreographer Christopher Hampson – has received glowing reviews in the UK press. Guardian: “The NZ dancers are terrifically…

Jolly good fellow

Jolly good fellow

New York-based dancer/choreographer Jeremy Nelson was named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2004 in April. The prestigious award is granted annually to scientists, scholars, and artists at the peak of their achievements. Nelson was born…

Cultural export

Cultural export

Boston Globe writer catches a performance from acclaimed NZ dance troupe, Black Grace, at their first European festival outing in the Netherlands. “Australia and NZ are among those enlightened nations that want the rest…

Dancing from the ceiling

Dancing from the ceiling

“Start off by swinging from the chandeliers.” Mark Baldwin has been appointed artistic director of the prestigious Rambert Dance Company. The Fijian-born Baldwin, who danced with Limbs Dance Company and New Zealand ballet before…

Hula hello

Hula hello

American Frances Price does Maori, Hawaiian and Tahitian dance. “The Polynesian dancers were a real hit at our wedding,” said Diane Szymanski Dorcey who created a Hawaiian style wedding in Brighton last month. “We…

Elegy in Utah

Elegy in Utah

Chris Graves present’s Douglas Wright’s AIDS-lament, Elegy, in Salt Lake City.

Bloodlust ballet brings in the crowds in Australia

Bloodlust ballet brings in the crowds in Australia

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Dracula is slaying audiences across the Tasman. Described as “grand gothic entertainment layering gloom, psychological gutsiness and new eroticism over a hackneyed old plot” it has opened in Melbourne…

Te Whaea opens Options

Te Whaea opens Options

Options, a tertiary dance festival for Australian and New Zealand students held in Sydney, was joined on its gala day by the New Zealand School of Dance. The Kiwi dancers shone in a generally…

Dance arc

Dance arc

Dance film Arc features “virtuosic performances by the brilliant Douglas Wright”.