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NZ School Of Dance Graduation Season 2005

New Zealand School Of Dance Graduation Season 2005

Dancers: NZ School of Dance students, Photography: Stephen A'Court

16 - 26 November, Te Whaea Theatre, Wellington

Seven works. Three world premieres. A programme overflowing with innovation, artistry and excitement.

As always, the New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2005 promises to be one of enormous appeal, with three distinctive choreographers - Daniel Belton, Ann Dewey and Jane Pirani - creating original pieces especially for the programme, plus a selection of works from four of the most prominent choreographers of the last 100 years.

The celebrated choreographer/director of Broadway, ballet and Hollywood, Jerome Robbins shows his exceptional mastery in the tender and lyrical 2 & 3 Part Inventions. Even in the most complex moments Robbins creates a sense of simple fluidity, superbly complementing Johann Sebastian Bach's piano score in a seemingly spontaneous manner.

Hailed as "a dazzler" by New York Post dance critic Clive Barnes, the eminent English choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton's virtuosic Pas de Quatre from Swan Lake is certain to offer both rapture and delight. As concise as it is precise, it is Ashton's celebration of the marvellous possibilities that exist at the very heart of classical ballet, inspired by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky's beloved music.

From the modern Czech master Ji ¡ Kyli n come extracts from three of his most hauntingly beautiful works - Dream Dances, Evening Songs and Indigo Rose - presented under the umbrella title of Kyli n Study II. These exquisite pieces demonstrate the masterly touch of one of the world's greatest living choreographers, with Kyli n's signature style of earthy, poetic dance shining through every moment.

Choreographer George Balanchine was one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. His Valse-Fantaisie is a swift, ravishing miniature to the music of Mikhail Glinka. It is a ballet of romantic urgency, of windswept, lyrical and otherworldly qualities.

Last year, the Dominion Post said of the Graduation Season that it is: "...always eagerly anticipated, not just to spot talented dancers of the future but also to view great works." Don't miss out on this compelling programme. An event that promises to be a rewarding experience!


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