New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) students are touring a production featuring their original choreography to the Body Festival in Christchurch, and Tempo Festival in Auckland, this October.
‘And Then It Moved’ is an innovative development of the School’s annual choreographic season and the result of five intensive months of preparation.
Created and performed by contemporary dance students in their third year of full-time study at the School, and directed by NZSD tutor and graduate Victoria Colombus, the show premiered in May with a critically acclaimed two-week season in Wellington.
“Choreographic Season is an amazing opportunity for us to explore both our own individual movement vocabularies and things that are relevant to us as young people,” said Sarah Gatzonis, one of the student choreographers.
The New Zealand School of Dance, based in Wellington, is well known as the tertiary institution of choice for dancers wishing to train full-time towards a career in ballet or contemporary dance. This is the first time the School has presented work at the Body festival.
Michael Gudgeon, from Christchurch, who also choreographed for 'And Then It Moved', applied to study at NZSD after high school and is now in his third year majoring in contemporary dance. “I’m really excited to go back to Christchurch and show my friends and family what I’ve learnt over the past three years,” says Michael. “I think they’ll see a huge difference in me as a performer – how I move, and how I can move."
Paula Steeds-Huston, Head of Contemporary Dance at the NZSD and also a Cantabrian, says: “Having taught at the School for twelve years, I really want to give back to my home town, to share our passion for contemporary dance with Christchurch audiences. The energy and physicality our students channel through their choreography will leave you feeling enriched.”
All the third year students involved in ‘And Then it Moved’ are taking up secondments with professional companies during their final year of study. The companies include some of Australasia’s most impressive names in contemporary dance, including Sydney Dance Company, Expressions Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre and Dancenorth in Australia, and the New Zealand Dance Company, Footnote Dance, and Atamira in New Zealand.
In another innovation for the School, ‘And Then It Moved’ is one of the success stories of the new Boosted arts crowd funding website. Through the NZSD crowd funding campaign $5,045 was donated by 56 donors.
Highlights from AND THEN IT MOVED
“And Then It Moved is a stunning collection of works by a brave group of new choreographers and dancers. Regardless of one's experience with contemporary dance these are works that will speak to their audience through the beautiful compositions that have been made with physical wit [and] meticulous athleticism.” Sam Trubridge, Theatreview
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