Lauded by The NZ Listener as a ‘dance highlight of the year’, the New Zealand School of Dance 40th Anniversary Graduation Season featured the fresh talent of New Zealand’s next generation of gifted dancers.
Well-known NZSD alumni Jane Casson (The Australian Ballet), Craig Davidson (Royal Ballet of Flanders) and artists from acclaimed contemporary dance companies Black Grace and Footnote Dance joined the students in this unique gala event.
The 40th Anniversary Graduation Season offered a sweeping view of the School’s past and present with a variety of well-loved and bold new works. Those passionate about contemporary dance revelled in the electrifying choreography of Michael Parmenter (The Bach), Garry Stewart (Currently Under Investigation) and Leigh Warren (Never Mind the Bindies). Compelling, expressive and magical ballet featured in the works of August Bournonville (La Sylphide), Kenneth MacMillan (Balcony Pas de Deux from Romeo and Juliet) and George Balanchine (Agon and Theme and Variations).