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Plump Corpus Of Work Gives Cantebrians A Work Out

Body Festival, A Plump Corpus Of Work Gives Cantebrians A Work Out

Get ready to blast away the winter cobwebs and jete spring as Christchurch limbers up to play host to the third Body Festival on, in and about the stages, streets and galleries of the city from September the 14th to the 26th.

An annual festival now in its third year the Body Festival is building reputation as one of New Zealand's most dynamic and unique festivals.

The Body Festival showcases professional performers and companies, and delivers public workshops for people interested in trying out a wide range of dance styles and traditions. Brimming with optimism for this year's festival, director Adam Hayward delights in effect the festival has on the City.

"The Body transforms Christchurch into a hive of performance activity as performers from around the country descend on our fair city for twelve days of workshops, performances, demonstrations and film screenings."

This year's festival aims to provide something for everybody. Encompassing a wide range of venues and events.

Hayward picks some of the professional highlights of this year's festival to be: 4 Christchurch company, Scrambled Legs with the return season of '7'; 4 Footnote Dance from Wellington with 'Feet First 2004': and, 4 A second Body Festival presented world premiere work from Michael Parmenter, 'Tristan and Isolde.'

All three companies took the 2002 festival by storm, and Hayward predicts the seats will sell quickly again this year.

The foyer of the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu will once again come alive with the sights and sounds of global dance cultures. Two weekends of community, cultural workshops and performances will give the public the opportunity to experience dance traditions from all over the world.

Hip-hop and breakdancing will figure prominently to cater for the street savvy teens looking for action during the school holidays. Sharon Howells will present Peter and The Wolf as a cushion theatre for the little ones.

The Body Festival programme will be released on the streets from the 25th of February, and avitars can check at the cyborg body online at http://www.thebody.co.nz.

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