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UCOL makes dramatic moves

UCOL makes dramatic moves

Palmerston North’s Youth Space will be a sea of movement tempered with a touch of narcissism this week.

Students of UCOL’s Diploma in Performing Arts will present four performances of Narcissus_013, a work based on the Greek myth that will be told with the use of movement and dance.

This is the second year that UCOL programme leader and director Jaime Dorner has challenged his students with a specialised ‘Movement Laboratory’ piece.

It is the first time the UCOL performing arts students have performed as an ensemble at Youth Space.

Well known for his emphasis on physical theatre, Jaime says, “The students by and large are not dancers but must engage their bodies with full commitment and an understanding of narrative drive without the need for text.”

In a quote from the ensemble notes in the show programme the students say, “Through this tale, we are able to explore the concepts of self-love, personal image, self-consciousness, self-hatred, shame- and above all, how we are seen and how we see ourselves. These themes are particularly apt for young people at our stage of self-discovery and development.”

UCOL music tutor Suzy Hawes has joined local musician and social anthropologist Rob Thorne, to create the music for Narcissus_013.

When: 7 - 10 August at 7.30pm

Where: Youth Space, 1-7 Coleman Mall (Cnr George St), Palmerston North.

Bookings are essential; $10 tickets are available from


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