The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) Choreographic Season is a highlight of the Wellington arts calendar, relished by dance aficionados and newcomers alike. Renowned for technical accomplishment, the students’ choreographic talents are showcased in this performance season titled SCOPE.
Book your place and witness an extraordinary collection of new dance works by the ten graduating students of the School’s full-time contemporary dance programme. The season will run from 20-28 May at Te Whaea Theatre in Wellington.
Jag Popham, one of the students creating a work for the show, describes the experience as a “highly rewarding process for those choreographing, you get to see the class fully immerse themselves into the works of the show. It is fulfilling for each of us to develop our creative voice and put something of our own making before an audience.”
SCOPE, is both raw and deep; exploring the idea of the human condition and what our existence means to us. The theatre has been set up so the audience is placed around the dancers, a challenge for the students to make choreography that can be viewed from all angles.
The production is a collaboration between the dance students of the NZSD and the production/stage craft students of Toi Whakaari (New Zealand Drama School). Coordinator of the show, and NZSD graduate herself, Victoria Colombus emphasises the importance of this experimental method of creation. “This year the New Zealand School of Dance students and Toi Whakaari students are cultivating a very collaborative working process. They have been working together to investigate overriding themes and how they can utilise different elements of stagecraft and performance to sew together these common threads.”
Video by Jeremy Brick, sound Te Aihe Butler
Photo: 2016 third year contemporary students, photographed by Stephen A'Court
For further information please email the NZSD Marketing Manager or phone +64 4 381 9216