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Heaven's Breath: A Spiritual Awakening

7 June, 2006

A Spiritual Awakening

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Lauren Carr

Heaven's Breath, the New Zealand School of Dance Choreographic Season 2006, takes you on a journey, at times meditative and at others highly energetic, through a physical and stimulating exploration of the energy centres of the human body (chakras).

Every human being has seven chakras. Each chakra represents an aspect of consciousness vital to our lives (such as safety, sexuality, power, love, communication, intuition and self realisation), and are invisible to the naked eye. Together, they are the network through which mind, body and spirit interact as one holistic system.

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Janessa Dufty and Luke Hanna

Eleven second and third year contemporary dance students have combined resources with lighting design students from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School to present an evening of new dance that is creative, emotive, vibrant and innovative.

The choreographers have taken an in-depth look into the seven major chakras and created dance movement that reflects the dynamic rhythms and healing properties of each. Additionally they have explored the power of breath and the concept of all encompassing white light.

Featuring a commissioned score, Wellington-based composer Stephen Gallagher has collaborated with each of the choreographers to mould their creative ideas into a cohesive whole.

Third year student Sophie Ryan speaks of her enthusiasm for Heaven's Breath: "Throughout this collaborative process we have been faced with the challenging question where does dance begin - is it with the movement, music, costuming or lighting design? All of these components have become aligned during the creative process and as the work nears completion, it is exciting to see how it ebbs and flows between the atmospheric and sensual, encompasses emotional and physical extremes and culminates in the balance of energy."

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Ben, Luke and William B

This creative journey is made possible thanks to the support of The Lion Foundation, Radio Active 89FM and Graphic Press & Packaging Ltd.


What: Heaven's Breath - NZSD Choreographic Season 2006 When: 16 June to 24 June (no show Mon 19 June) Fri 16 June, Sat 17 June, Tues 20 June - Sat 24 June at 8.00pm. Sun 18 June at 2.00pm Where: Te Whaea Theatre. Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington Tickets: $15 - Adult/Waged, $12 - Concession/Student/Unwaged Bookings: 04 381 9254 (automated line). Groups and School Bookings: 04 381 9216


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