Graduation Season 2016

16 – 26 November 2016

Graduation Season brings together the hard work of accomplished students and distinguished tutors in a beautifully presented production.

This year’s season features several premieres and the work of acclaimed choreographers from New Zealand and abroad. 'Meistens Mozart', by the artistic director of San Francisco Ballet Helgi Tomasson, will be performed for the first time in New Zealand. Classical precision comes to the fore with a pas de deux from ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ and Jack Carter's ‘Pas de Deux Romantique’, danced on alternate nights.

Contemporary dance pioneers Taane Mete and Taiaroa Royal of Okareka Dance Company bring a shot of New Zealand culture with their work 'He Taonga'. This all-male work is challenged by an equally powerful piece choreographed for the female students by Amber Haines from Australia's Dancenorth. Also creating a new work, Jiří Bubeníček whose choreography is in demand by the foremost ballet companies of the world, contributes a second world premiere and highlight of the programme.

Also announced for the programme, contemporary students will perform a passage from Hofesh Shechter's 'Political Mother' and classical students unite for the exuberant ensemble ballet 'Tempo di Valse'.

These exhilarating performances by 2016’s new dance talent will show they have earned their place alongside the many graduates of the School performing with companies world-wide.


“Each year the standard of the students graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance just seems to get better. This year the array of talent on stage is stunning.”Read the Reviews
We thank the Embassy of the United States of America, the Australian High Commission and Pelorus Trust for providing funding towards this project.

Photos by Stephen A'Court: 2016 students Hosanna Ball and Song Teng (top), Tiana Lung (above)
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