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Dance Diversifies - Final Week

Dance Diversifies

Moth: Julia Sadler
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Moth: Julia Sadler (Choreographer/Dancer)

the body ’06 Festival of Dance and Physical Theatre

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

The BODY ’06 dives into the final week, with outstanding international, national, and local talents still to come! Hot on the tails of yet another huge weekend of dance workshops, films, and shows, we have saved the best for last. From comic dance/theatre from NZ’s first ladies of dance and dance film fresh from the editing suite, to a contemporary piece designed specifically for Christchurch, mixed-ability dance, and lively interactive debate; we have a feast of dance delights for every palate. With just six days to go, don’t let Christchurch’s fifth annual Body Festival fly by…Catch a performance, film or just get moving! September 15th to October 1st.

On tonight [Tuesday]:

Having just completed a sell-out Australian tour, UK Hip Hop legends Robert Hylton and DJ Billy Biznizz are set to take Christchurch by storm with Verse. Don’t miss this opportunity to see fresh perspectives from the world of professional street dance. Check out the physical and musical boundaries of Hip Hop in theatre: take the journey into Urban Classicism! Tuesday 26th September, 7:00pm at the Great Hall. $10 from Court Theatre.

Beginning this week:
Local professional choreographer Julia Sadler presents the Christchurch premiere of her ground-breaking work, Moth. See dancers scan the floor, scale the walls, and traverse the ceiling of Christchurch’s most intriguing underground performance space. This sold out in Auckland! Book now: tickets are very limited. Wednesday 27th September – Sunday 1st October, 8:00pm, at Nibelheim (below SoFA gallery, The Arts Centre). $20 (includes refreshments) from Court Theatre.

Award-winning multimedia production company Daniel Belton and Good Company bring a rare retrospective of all their work from the last two years to Christchurch for two screenings only! Athletes of the Imagination is an extraordinary programme of five short films, each intertwining human movement with fine arts. Between them the first four have made official selection for 25 major international festivals. And the fifth is a world premiere! Wednesday 27th September, 4:00pm & 6:00pm, at the Philip Carter Auditorium, Christchurch Art Gallery. $10 on the door or presales from Court Theatre.

Wanna see some sexy chicks in their Fishnets? Bipeds Productions stir up the Southern Ballet Theatre with Fishnet, a rapturous exploration of the mature dancing body by two of NZ’s most celebrated senior contemporary dancers: Lyne Pringle and Kilda Northcott. Roll up for this slow strip around the politics of dance, age, and the invisibility of the older woman. Thursday 28th September – Sunday 1st October, 8:00pm, at Southern Ballet. $18 & $15 concessions from Ticketek.

Finally, mixed-ability dancer and film producer Bronwyn Hayward rounds off the Festival with her unforgettable short film BEAUTY. Capturing a compelling and moving semi-biographical tale of a woman who dreams of becoming a dancer but is told “disabled people don’t dance”; Bronwyn will also be in attendance to lead discussion, asking “What is Dance?”. Sunday 1st October, 6:00pm at the Great Hall. $10 from Court Theatre.

DANZ Forum: The State of Dance in the South Island
Don’t miss the opportunity to have your say! DANZ (Dance Aotearoa NZ) aim to explore current issues facing dance down south, alongside our future direction and the initiatives required to reach this potential. Meet and debate with representatives from DANZ, Creative NZ, and professional, education, and cultural dance. Saturday 30th September, 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Great Hall. FREE.

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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