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Dance on Your Doorstep

the body ’06 Festival of Dance and Physical Theatre

9 performance works - 43 workshops - 52 films - 80+ events

The BODY ’06 is nearly upon us! With only three days to go, Christchurch’s fifth annual Festival of Dance and Physical Theatre is gearing up for a hive of activity over 17 days. Expect to see dance in all its forms: on, in, and around our stages, streets, and galleries, September 15th to October 1st.

From street dance with UK Hip Hop legends Robert Hylton and DJ Biznizz; poi technique with leading exponent and author, Ngamoni Huata; and stunning dance on film from Sydney's ReelDance Festival; to the best of contemporary NZ talent with the Christchurch débuts of works from Bipeds Productions, Scrambled Legs Dance Theatre Company, Julia Sadler, Java Dance Company, Jack Gray and much, much more...And don’t forget the myriad of public workshops where all can ‘have a go’.

Beginning this week…
The Festival kicks off with Outstanding Feet 2006; a one-night only celebration of the diverse Dance talents of Canterbury youth. Saturday 16th September, 7:30pm, at the James Hay. Book now! $10 from Ticketek.

Mixed-ability theatre group A Different Light brings you Dante. Inspired by the epic poem Divina Commedia, the imaginative journey of the poet Dante through Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso to discover the love that moves the sun and the stars. Saturday 16th – Tuesday 19th September, 8:00pm, at Southern Ballet Theatre. $12 & $10 from Court Theatre.

The world premiere from Auckland-based choreographer Jack Gray hits Christchurch for 3 nights only! View From the Gods is a vibrant new dance show: brighter than the promise of springtime, with a dash of zesty contemporary dance, vibing electronica music and kaleidoscopic video (V.J) action. It is an innovative cross-disciplinary design collaboration exploring abstract continuums of space and time.

“Interwoven bodies of work by three Maori contemporary artists"

Saturday 16th – Monday 18th September, 8:00pm, at the Great Hall. $18 & $15 from Court Theatre.

And for those of you who want to try something new: put your best foot forward, come down to the Art Gallery and get dancing!

Foyer, Christchurch Art Gallery. Entry by koha (donation). Open to all, no need to book.

Saturday 16th September
10:15am – 12:15pm: Flamenco with La Senda Flamenco
12:30pm – 2:30pm: Kapahaka with Nga Tai e Rua Culture Group
2:45pm – 4:45pm: Tango with Rima Herber

Sunday 17th September
10:15am – 12:15pm: Salsa/Modern Jive with UCanDance
12:30pm – 2:30pm: Salsa/Merengue with Salsa Fusion
2:45pm – 4:45 pm: Ceroc with Ceroc Christchurch

Or catch a film at the Philip Carter Auditorium: $10 from Court Theatre.

Saturday 16th September
11:00am ReelDance #01: All About Love Global Shorts (70min)
Three very different love stories from award-winning dance film-maker Clara van Gool (DV8’s Enter Achilles), Belgium’s Les Ballet C. de la B. and the NZ premiere of a musical comedy set at a Palestinian/Israeli checkpoint.
2:00pm ReelDance #02: Globetrotting Global Shorts (90min)
A choreographed trip around the world featuring the NZ premiere of DV8 Dance Theatre’s new film, dance experimentation in a Swedish forest, dance-comedy set in a Hong Kong café, and a butoh-inspired solo on the streets of Uruguay

Sunday 17th September
11:00am ReelDance #03: Contemporary Dance (110min incl. interval)
The very best European contemporary dance adapted for the screen from the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium, and featuring the new film by Wim Vandekeybus (Ultima Vez).
2:00pm ReelDance #04: Dance Documentaries (80min)
The winner of the ReelDance award for Best Dance Documentary (NZ’s own “Black Grace: From Cannon’s Creek to Jacob’s Pillow”), alongside a fascinating portrait from Uganda.

And in sneaky Underground Dance News (you heard it here first…) catch a special screening of ReelDance #07: Classic Dance Music Videos (from bands: Avalanches, Dirty Vegas, Björk, Playgroup, Divine Comedy, Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, Death In Vegas, Blur, Gotan Project, Aphex Twin, New Order, Moloko, Four Tet, Tube and Berger, Futureshock and LFO…) at Massive’s Spring Equinox and Earthdance Outdoor Dance Party this Saturday 16th, at the Grey River Flats. $20 presale/$30 on the gate. Check for more details.

The Body Festival '06 offers something for everyone at a diverse range of venues and events. It’s an exciting mixture of top international and national artists.

Check our website or call the Festival office (03) 3667709 for programme and booking details.

THE BODY ’06 Festival of Dance and Physical Theatre
September 15th to October 1st ::


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