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Nervous Doll Dancing To Dance In NZ

Nervous Doll Dancing To Dance On NZ Shores With A Live Projected Puppetry Show

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Wellington born cellist Francesca Mountfort is returning home to perform in this year's New Zealand Fringe Festival for the release her much anticipated sophomore album.

The Melbourne-based musician, who goes by the name Nervous Doll Dancing, will be presenting her new show Aphelion for the first time in New Zealand at Bats Theatre before embarking on a tour of the South Island.
Aphelion is an ethereal, miniature puppet show filmed live and projected as an evocative, mesmerising installation that takes the audience on an emotional journey along with a fragile yet powerful musical soundscape created from the cello. Melding the old with the new, Aphelion creates a sense of timelessness by incorporating technology in the classical context of music and theatre.

"Mountfort demonstrates a true and tasteful meld of centuries-old bowman ship and well-metered digital aggregations. This is artistry is worth your time and money." The Package, Wellington.

Crossing the boundaries of time, this unique and intriguing performance is not to be missed! Francesca released her self titled debut album Nervous Doll Dancing in 2004, and has since performed solo in Melbourne festivals including Apollo Bay, Electundra, The Sustainable Living Festival and Melbourne Fringe. "I am excited to be coming home to share this new show with everyone. I hope that people are able to take away something personal for themselves from it."

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Francesca's new album, also called Aphelion, is available in local music stores and will be for sale at the Bats Theatre box office on the nights of the performance.

"Mountfort uses the full range of the cello which results in a sound that sometimes is comforting and lulling, at others emotional and heartfelt and if we turn around the corner words like nervous and claustrophobic are more likely to come to mind. That’s quite an achievement, along with the way she manages to create some of the most beautiful cello playing I’ve heard in some time." from The Broken Face, Sweden.

Bats Theatre, 16th - 19th Feb, 9.30PM $16 full, $13 concession, $10 Fringe card holders Bookings at Bats Ph. 8024175 For more info visit


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