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A Body of Lies Explodes on Stage

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A Body of Lies Explodes on Stage

ColdharbourDANCE: and STAMP at THE EDGE® present
WOMEN & HONOUR – notes on lying
A dance work exploring the art of deception

Following the success of solo performances at Tempo, Auckland Dance Festival and the Wellington Fringe, ColdharbourDANCE return to the Auckland stage on February 14 2008 with a full length ensemble production of the thrilling and flirtatious dance work – WOMEN & HONOUR - notes on lying.

“...the body is flung, wrapped, taut, furious, dishevelled, distorted; the hair wild and loose, building tension until the body explodes into paroxysms of movement that are barely believable as the sound builds to an ear shattering crescendo. Damn fine choreography and a thrillingly articulate body!” - Lynne Pringle, Wellington Fringe Festival 2007 Theatre Review

ColdharbourDANCE unites the collaborative team of choreographer Clare Luiten, composer Charlotte Rose, (Best sound Score, Tempo 2006)and Lighting Designer Sean Curham (Best Lighting Design, Tempo 2006), whose explosive combination of choreography, gorgeous music, and sensuous design enable a multitude of characters and images to come to life on stage. WOMEN & HONOUR - notes on lying explores the nature of lying and the complexity and fragility of human relationships. Ironically the four night Auckland season opens on Valentine’s Day which may strike a chord with audiences who see through the facade of this highly commercial celebration.

Multi talented choreographer Clare Luiten has been developing this work for the last 18 months. She has engaged three professional dancers to join her on stage for this full length version of her short solo work which was critically acclaimed in its 2006 premiere at the tempo° dance festival. The work was originally inspired by the essay Women and Honour: Some Notes on Lying (1977) by celebrated poet and writer Adrienne Rich alongside Luiten’s own personal experiences. In this work Rich says the possibility of life between people is dependent on speaking the truth. This powerful provocation was electric on stage and resonated with kiwi audiences.

Clare is a graduate of London Contemporary Dance School, and New Zealand School of Dance and worked extensively in the UK, Europe and NZ. Aside from work as a choreographer and dancer Clare also is one of Auckland’s most highly sought after Pilates practitioners and manages her own studio in Eden Terrace. Since its 2002 opening Absolute Pilates has expanded and her clients enjoy the satisfaction that working with experienced instructors can offer. The art of juggling business and her chosen choreographic career is always a tricky one, but it is certainly worth it and Clare thrives in both areas. Also a keen cyclist, Clare participated in a 2007 Oxfam Overseas Challenge – Cycle Wild China, which saw her cycling phenomenal distances at altitudes 3900m over the roaring mighty waters of the Yangtze through the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan, China whilst raising $6500 for Oxfam in the process.

WOMEN &HONOUR - notes on lying features dancers Matt Gibbons (Touch Compass), Tallulah Holly-Massey (Late night Choreographer), Kerryn McMurdo (Artillery Productions) and Clare Luiten. In this new full length work Clare aims to immerse the audience in a unique and evocative world, layering the elements of dance, theatre, costume, music, photography, and lighting.

WOMEN & HONOUR - notes on lying plays:
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE®
Thursday 14th February, 6pm (Preview); Friday 15th February 8.00pm; Saturday 16th February 8.00pm and Sunday 17th Matinee Performance 6.00pm.
Tickets $25 (plus booking fees). Special Preview Prices and Group Booking Details available.
Book at Ticketek Ph: 0800 TICKETEK
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WOMEN &HONOUR - notes on lying is presented in partnership with STAMP - Creative Development at THE EDGE®
High res images are available from the publicists


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