From Paris to Liverpool to Aotearoa
From Paris to Liverpool to Aotearoa:
the New Zealand Dance Company Lights up the Stage
Direct from the prestigious Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris and in Liverpool, The New Zealand Dance Company proudly presents one of its most sought after and celebrated programmes – Lumina, touring to all new venues around New Zealand this May.
Restaging the anthology programme, which was first performed to critical acclaim in 2015 and enjoyed sold out seasons and standing ovations in Aotearoa, Germany, and the Holland Dance Festival, Luminawill return home from Paris and the UK, with the programme making debut performances in Hamilton (Gallagher Playhouse, Friday 4th), Christchurch (Isaac Theatre Royal, Thursday 10th) and Nelson (Theatre Royal, Monday 14th) and Auckland (Bruce Mason Centre, Wednesday 23rd May).
Set to a visceral and charismatic soundscape, and complimented by bespoke AV and light design,Lumina reveals the depth and vivacious energy of the dynamic talent involved. Artistic director Shona McCullagh tasked her team to use the connective force of light to bring together three incomparable pieces of contemporary dance from some of the finest choreographers New Zealand has ever produced.
“I’ve always had a great love for the integration of image and movement and so with Lumina, I commissioned three choreographers and their creative teams to consider this intersection along with light and sound. What resulted is an immersive triple bill that has enthralled audiences around the world from New Zealand to some of the most prestigious dance festivals and theatres in Europe. I’m thrilled we will be sharing this very special programme across more regions in Aotearoa and allowing our Auckland home base another opportunity to experience its magic,” says Shona McCullagh.
The programme features
the bold, loud, high-energy Brouhaha
from decorated local choreographer Malia
Johnston, and her long standing creative partners,
composer Eden Mulholland and AV Designer
Rowan Pierce. Providing a vivid reflection
of the traces left behind in the Māori ritual of encounter,
In Transit is the moving work of
Māori choreographer Louise Potiki Bryant
and composer/AV designer Paddy Free (Pitch
Black). Completing the programme is the company’s first
international commission in co-production with the Holland
Dance Festival, The Geography of an
Archipelago. Created by Stephen
Shropshire (USA/Holland) in collaboration with
composer Chris O’Connor (The Phoenix
Foundation), the work brings together trio of dancers to
explore the emotions that accompany exile and belonging.
With powerful design by Kasia Pol (set and
costume) and Jo Kilgour (lighting), the
programme is The New Zealand Dance Company’s most sought
after season to date.
“a tour de force of
dance, music and light”
Francesca Horsley (DANZ – Auckland, 2015)
Lumina will feature six of The New Zealand Dance Company’s most impressive performers: Carl Tolentino, Chrissy Kokiri, Katie Rudd, Xin Ji, Bree Timms, and Eddie Elliot. Delighting audiences with a festival version of the programme at WOMAD and SPLORE in 2017, this regional run of performances will offer the complete show to all new audiences.
New Zealand Dance Company will tour
Lumina direct from the standing
ovations of their New Zealand Festival and Auckland Arts
Festival presentations of Michael Parmenter's OrphEus - a
dance opera. Taking Lumina to
new European centres is a milestone for the Company, having
been invited by the Artistic Director of the Théâtre
National de Chaillot to stage Lumina
as the first New Zealand work performed at the iconic
theatre in the heart of Paris.
that combine the best of contemporary dance with new
expressions, digital but classical, and modern at the same
Thomas Hag, (Neuss Grevenbroicher Zeitung – Germany, 2016)
Théâtre National de Chaillot
Wednesday-Friday, 11-13 April 2018
11th & 13th- 7:45pm
*Brouhaha will not be performed
The Capstone Theatre
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
National Tour HAMILTON
Friday, 4 May 2018
Isaac Theatre Royal
Thursday, 10 May 2018
Theatre Royal Nelson
Monday, 14 May 2018
Bruce Mason Centre
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
11am & 7pm