Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Art That Speaks Volumes

10 June 2004

Art That Speaks Volumes


Dancers: Anita Hunziker and Travis Khan Photography: Matt Grace

Eight student choreographers will premiere their original work in the Smokefree Arts Season of Intimate Space, the 2004 choreographic season by second and third year contemporary dance students from the New Zealand School of Dance.

Previous choreographic seasons have launched the careers of Sarah Knox (Black Grace Dance Co.), Ross McCormack (Australian Dance Theatre), Lance Riley and Erynne Gleeson (Footnote Dance Company). Come and see the choreographers who at the beginning of their careers will lead NZ contemporary dance into the 21st century.

The Smokefree Arts Season of Intimate Space consists of two separate works - the first is based on the expressive works of French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. With the use of specific sculptures as their creative starting point the students aim to take the audience on a journey through what they perceive as the emotional history still alive in the sculptures of Rodin.

"For my piece I have drawn inspiration from Rodin's Gates of Hell which has so many intricate sculptures through it," says Elizabeth Kinley about her choreographic work, "this was a fantastic creative influence for me."

The other work is inspired by one of New Zealand's finest artists, Colin McCahon. Colin McCahon's paintings are the impetus behind this piece and some of the landscapes form settings for fantasy narratives. Within the choreography physical limitations will be pushed in reflection of McCahon's ability to carry painting beyond societal constraints.

Third year student, Travis Khan explains what Colin McCahon's influence has meant for his choreography, "The words and other symbolic figures in his paintings form the inspiration for my piece," "I aim to in my choreography explore a non-restrained form of communication through harsh physicality, with the same courage shown by McCahon."

Also lending their talents to this production are two acting students from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and Wellington composers Stephen Gallagher and Micka, who have created a new score that captures the real essence of each piece.

"The 2004 choreographic season, continues the tradition of presenting innovative, dynamic works by fresh new talent," said Wendy Wallace, Head of Contemporary Dance at the School.

This creative journey is made possible thanks to the support of Smokefree Arts and The Performing Arts Foundation of New Zealand. Smokefree Arts is a major sponsor of the New Zealand School of Dance and Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news