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Experimental Dance Week Aotearoa 2019

Reflecting an international trend taking the dance world by storm, the boundary-breaking and inclusive craft of alternative dance in New Zealand will be celebrated through the inaugural Experimental Dance Week Aotearoa 2019, running February 4-9, 2019 at Basement Theatre.

After eight years based in Berlin, the award-winning choreographer and creator Alexa Wilson returns home to curate the festival, which will recognise the 20-year history of the liberating discipline in New Zealand. An award-winning dancer, choreographer, collaborator and teacher who has worked in New Zealand and around the world, she choreographed the award-winning Magic Box (2004) and Toxic White Elephant Shock (2009), for which she earned the prestigious title of Best Emerging Choreographer and the Creative New Zealand Tup Lang Award respectively. She returned in 2011 to win four Auckland Fringe Awards for her solo Weg: A-Way. Her work has taken her all around the world, including Berlin, Vienna, New York City, Germany, Belgium, Poland, London, Stockholm, Zurich, India and China, with a canon of choreographed work that includes Star/Oracle (2014), The Status of Being (2014), 21 Movements (2017), The Dark Light (2017), 999: Alchemist Trauma Centre/Power Centre (2018).

“[Wilson’s] art prompts us to continue making contributions towards planetary change.” – NZ Herald

“... a liberating force of potential for dance in this country” – Theatreview

With a programme packed with high-quality performances from 25 live artists, plus workshops, panel-led open discussions and a book launch, Experimental Dance Week Aotearoa 2019 aims to highlight this unique discipline and foster the growing community of creative minds behind the movement. The diverse selection of artists set to perform are the finest and most eclectic performers in their field, and each will contribute their unique style and perspective to the festival. Amongst the dozens of creatives involved are Mark Harvey, Cat Ruka, Sean Curham, Tru Paraha, Tallulah Holly-Massey, Claire O’Neil, val smith, and Aloalii Tapu. A book about experimental New Zealand dance contributed to by up to 30 artists will also be launched during the live week to mark 20 years of this new movement of dance in and alongside the wider contemporary dance scene in Aotearoa.

In New Zealand, experimental dance has a history that spans two decades. After finding its feet in the late 1990s, choreographers Sean Curham, Mark Harvey and Charles Koroneho helped inspire generations of new dance artists out of Unitec Performing and Screen Arts School and The University of Auckland to take risks with their dance practices and push contemporary dance in this country into new directions. Defined by convention breaking in both contemporary dance form and concept, experimental dance in Aotearoa has a range of interdisciplinary influences. Performance art, improvisation and contemporary dance all fuse before being interrogated and informed by theoretical, cultural, identity, post-colonial, and socio-political influences. Convention is shattered and from that void, new forms of expression emerge with culturally transformative effects.

Experimental Dance Week Aotearoa 2019

Basement Theatre, February 4-9, 2019
General admission: $25 // Concession and group: $18
Other discount packages available.

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