New Zealand Dance News

2019 Alana Haines Australasian Awards

Posted on: 11/4/2019 9:00AM

2019 Alana Haines Australasian AwardsSoon the 2019 Alana Haines Australasian Awards will take place in Wellington, New Zealand. Set for Easter Weekend on April 18 - 22, the ballet competition boasts a prize pool of more than $450,000, including cash awards, international training scholarships and travel grants.

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NZDC to tour 'Kiss The Sky' nationally

Posted on: 27/3/2019 5:20AM

New Zealand Dance CompanyThe New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) will soon forge its stellar national and international reputation for powerful contemporary dance with its first national tour of Kiss The Sky, which premiered in June 2017. Artistic Director Shona McCullagh will showcase an Asian-Pacific constellation of original dance, music and design, reflecting on the themes of nature and time.

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RNZB shares roadmap for Tutus on Tour

Posted on: 11/12/2018 7:05AM

Royal New Zealand BalletThe Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) is hitting the road again next year! Following sell-out performances around New Zealand in 2018, the company will return with its much-loved regional touring programme, Tutus on Tour.

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Noah Slee releases dance-y short film

Posted on: 30/11/2018 12:55PM

Noah Slee releases dance-y short filmBerlin-based, New Zealand-raised artist Noah Slee released his debut album Otherland last year (listen). On November 20, the soul singer and producer released a visual EP/short film entitled "...and so, we move to Otherlands” with various dance vignettes.

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NZSD presenting two visionary programmes

Posted on: 29/11/2018 10:10AM

Isaak McLean and Teagan Tank. Photographed by Stephen A’Court.Recently the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) began its celebration of 20 years of outstanding service and leadership from its Director Garry Trinder MNZM. This celebration is combined with the School’s 2018 Graduation Season and kicked off November 21. Running through this Saturday, December 1, the Season has been programmed and curated to reflect the profound impact that Trinder’s tenure has had on the school.

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NZSD hosts 2019 Full Time Auditions

Posted on: 21/8/2018 3:30PM

Full-time dace trainingThe New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) will soon hold auditions in Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for 2019 intake to its full-time tertiary programmes. Interested dancers must apply to audition before September 2.

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RNZB to present 'Dancing With Mozart'

Posted on: 3/5/2018 7:15AM

Dancing With MozartGreat music inspires great dance at the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) this winter as the company brings audiences an eclectic mixed bill of four works – classical and contemporary – inspired by the music of Mozart. RNZB's Dancing with Mozart season begins at the end of May.

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DANZ and YET celebrate dance on film

Posted on: 26/4/2018 6:35AM

New Zealand Dance WeekDance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) in partnership with Wellington International Dance Day organisers, YouthDance Education Trust (YET), has revealed a screening of short dance films at Te Papa, commemorating International Dance Day and the end of New Zealand Dance Week (which began April 21). The short programme of films will be screened on Sunday, April 29 in Soundings Theatre.

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New Zealand Festival announces dance shows

Posted on: 4/1/2018 7:30AM

2018 New Zealand FestivalThe New Zealand Festival has announced its complete 2018 programming, with headliners including Michael Keegan-Dolan’s award-winning take on the ballet classic Swan Lake, Crystal Pite’s cutting-edge Betroffenheit, and Michael Parmenter’s brand-new dance opera OrphEus, presented with The New Zealand Dance Company.

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Atamira welcomes new Artistic Director

Posted on: 26/12/2017 8:00AM

Atamira Dance CompanyThe Atamira Dance Collective Charitable Trust recently announced the appointment of Jack Gray as Artistic Director of Atamira Dance Company. Current Artistic Director Moss Patterson will step into the role of Executive Director, and they will form a leadership partnership for Atamira until Patterson retires from this role with the company in mid-2018.

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2017 Harry Haythorne Award Winner

Posted on: 9/11/2017 8:00AM

Royal New Zealand Ballet director with Sir Jon Trimmer The Royal New Zealand Ballet recently hosted the 2017 Harry Haythorne Choreographic Awards on October 19-21. Finalists had included RNZB dancers Jo Funaki, Laura Saxon Jones, Shaun James Kelly, Sarah Knox and Loughlan Prior. It was announced that the official winner is Sarah Knox for her work Between There and Now.

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RNZB to award emerging choreographer soon

Posted on: 18/10/2017 9:00AM

2017 Harry Haythorne Choreographic AwardsThe Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) is continuing its legacy of supporting emerging choreographers. This week a special artist will receive the 2017 Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award. Finalists include RNZB dancers Jo Funaki, Laura Saxon Jones, Shaun James Kelly, Sarah Knox and Loughlan Prior.

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RNZB preparing to tour ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Posted on: 26/7/2017 7:30AM

The Ryman Healthcare Season of Romeo & JulietThe Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) will soon premiere a brand-new Romeo and Juliet by Italian choreographer Francesco Ventriglia. His Romeo and Juliet will tour nationally, bringing fair Verona to audiences in Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Rotorua, Dunedin, Invercargill, Palmerston North and Napier.

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Living Ritual to gather Indigenous artists

Posted on: 12/7/2017 9:00AM

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre to present International Indigenous Performing Arts FestivalKaha:wi Dance Theatre, one of Canada’s leading performing arts companies based in Toronto, will soon host Living Ritual, an international Indigenous performing arts festival. The special event will see artists from across Turtle Island (Canada, United States), Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia gather to network, perform, celebrate, promote and dialogue about Indigenous artistic practice.

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Auckland dancer invited to perform in Taipei

Posted on: 22/6/2017 7:04AM

Auckland dancer to perform in TaipeiAuckland dancer, performance artist and choreographer Zahra Killeen-Chance is about to perform a new work in Taipei alongside leading intermedia artists from Taiwan and Japan. The event is being organised by New Zealand-Taiwan art magazine White Fungus and is supported by the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei.

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Patricia Barker named RNZB Artistic Director

Posted on: 12/6/2017 10:00AM

Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 12th Artistic DirectorThe Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) has appointed Patricia Barker, a former prima ballerina and current Artistic Director of Grand Rapids Ballet in Michigan, USA, as the company’s new Artistic Director. She'll begin later this month, joining the company as rehearsals for the RNZB’s brand-new production of Romeo and Juliet begin.

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NZDC set to present ‘Kiss The Sky’

Posted on: 7/6/2017 8:30AM

New Zealand Dance Company in Kiss the SkyThe New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) will premiere Kiss the Sky this month, with the triple bill opening June 29 at the Bruce Mason Centre for four performances only. NZDC Artistic Director Shona McCullagh has brought together three international choreographers from Aotearoa, Korea and Australia.

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RNZB launches ‘Three By Ekman’ Tour

Posted on: 17/5/2017 9:00AM

Royal New Zealand BalletThe Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) opens its newest program, Three by Ekman, in Wellington this week. Running through May 20, the tribute to choreographer Alexander Ekman will present his acclaimed work Cacti and two additional works – Tuplet and Episode 31. Following this presentation, RNZB will tour Three by Ekman to Auckland, Napier, Christchurch and Dunedin.

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Movitae interviews Hannah O’Neill

Posted on: 8/4/2017 6:15AM

New Zealander Hannah O’Neill is a Premier Danseur with Paris Opéra BalletMovitae, an engaging online hub for dance schools, recently released a video interview with the amazing Hannah O’Neill, a New Zealander performing as a Principal Dancer at the prestigious Paris Opéra Ballet.

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Atamira Dance Company presents ‘AWA’

Posted on: 20/3/2017 10:00AM

Atamira Dance Company and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra present AWA - When Two Rivers CollideAtamira Dance Company and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will soon present AWA - When Two Rivers Collide in association with Auckland Arts Festival. Dance, Kapa Haka and Tai Chi will all converge in this arts spectacle.

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NZDC launches classes for seniors

Posted on: 16/3/2017 8:00AM

New Zealand Dance Company 2017 Creative Dance Classes for SeniorsThe New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) now offers Creative Dance Classes for Seniors at two locations. The program, entitled “Feisty Feet”, kicked off on 22 February and runs through 16 August.

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Royal New Zealand Ballet opens its season in Christchurch, now touring

Posted on: 23/2/2017 8:30AM

Royal New Zealand Ballet tours Carmen by Roland PetitFor the first time in many years, The Royal New Zealand Ballet opened a national tour in Christchurch at the Isaac Theatre Royal recently. Now the RNZB is touring to Invercargill, Dunedin, Blenheim, Rotorua, Palmerston North and Wellington. The tour will conclude in Auckland on April 1.

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Applications open for NZDC 2017 secondments

Posted on: 19/1/2017 10:00AM

New Zealand Dance Company 2017 SecondmentsThe New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) runs a secondment programme for tertiary students to assist them in the development and understudying of professional practice. Applications to second with NZDC in 2017 are now open for submission.

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RNZB dancers perform abroad

Posted on: 3/1/2017 8:00AM

Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers Mayu Tanigaito and Joseph Skelton in GreeceBefore joining the rest of the company on leave last month, Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) dancers Mayu Tanigaito and Joseph Skelton spent a couple of weeks in Greece as international guest artists. They performed with the Greek National Opera Ballet.

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Sergei Polunin documentary to be released

Posted on: 16/11/2016 9:00AM

Dancer documentary from Vendetta FilmsVendetta Films has announced the theatrical release of Dancer, the new documentary about Sergei Polunin from Oscar-nominated director Steven Cantor, in Australian cinemas from December 1 and New Zealand cinemas from December 8.

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RNZB announces 2017 Season

Posted on: 25/10/2016 8:00AM

2017 Season of Royal New Zealand BalletThe Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) recently announced its 2017 Season, setting the stage for what will be a year filled with passion, tragedy, rhythm and energy. The season will include three national tours, seven special regional performances, and visits to a total of 16 centres.

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RNZB tours Ethan Stiefel’s 'Giselle'

Posted on: 25/8/2016 10:00AM

Giselle with Lucy GreenThe Royal New Zealand Ballet’s internationally acclaimed classic production of Giselle, created in Wellington by ballet superstars Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg, once again returned to its city of origin on August 11. Since then, the company has been touring it to seven centres across New Zealand. The tour will conclude on Friday, September 9 in Palmerston North at the Regent on Broadway.

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NZSD hosts auditions for 2017 full time intake

Posted on: 22/8/2016 10:00AM

Full Time Dance Training New ZealandAs one of the Southern Hemisphere's leading dance training institutions, the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) offers two full-time courses – the Certificate in Dance Performance and the Diploma in Dance Performance. For 2017 intake to these courses, auditions will soon be held in Wellington, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney.

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NZDC premieres ‘The Absurdity of Humanity’

Posted on: 3/8/2016 7:00AM

The New Zealand Dance CompanyLater this month, the New Zealand Dance Company will premiere The Absurdity of Humanity, what it’s describing as its “most provocative and poetic season yet.” Aotearoa’s newest dance troupe will present this programme at Q Theatre on August 24-27 for a strictly limited season. Artistic Director Shona McCullagh will couple the works of choreographers Ross McCormack and Lina Limosani.

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Atamira creates new ‘Manaia’ project

Posted on: 26/5/2016 10:00AM

Paige Shand and Kelly Nash at Wellesley Studios. Photo by Jinki Cambronero.Atamira Dance Company, New Zealand's leading Maori contemporary dance company, is currently preparing its new work Manaia. Six new dancers were brought on for this project along with a team of designers.

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RNZB to premiere ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Posted on: 28/4/2016 9:00AM

Royal New Zealand Ballet to premiere ‘The Wizard of Oz’One of the world’s best-known stories, The Wizard of Oz, has been lovingly crafted into a magical two-act ballet by the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia. The world premiere of The Wizard of Oz takes place in Wellington on May 4, ahead of the RNZB’s biggest tour of 2016, visiting nine centres around New Zealand.

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Inaugural NZ Dance Week set for this month

Posted on: 19/4/2016 9:30AM

New Zealand Dance Week 2016For the first time, New Zealand Dance Week will take place on April 23-30, 2016. Organised by Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ), New Zealand Dance Week is a national event aimed to celebrate and elevate the awareness of all forms of dance.

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NZSD welcomes Darcey Bussell for High Tea

Posted on: 29/3/2016 10:00AM

NZSD welcomes Darcey Bussell for High TeaThe New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) will present an opportunity to have high tea with internationally acclaimed ballerina Darcey Bussell during an exclusive fundraiser for the school’s 50th anniversary events in 2017. This event set for Saturday, April 2 from 3-6 pm will include delicious food, an auction, a dance performance by NZSD students, live music and a tutu display.

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NZDC hosts 2016 Audition

Posted on: 25/2/2016 8:00AM

New Zealand Dance Company hosts 2016 AuditionThe New Zealand Dance Company is seeking a dancer with strong technique, partnering and improvisational skills for an Auckland-based contract commencing April 11. The audition is set for Saturday, March 19. Applications will close Friday, March 4.

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Kiwi is finalist for Ohad Naharin mentorship

Posted on: 19/2/2016 6:45AM

Rolex MentorshipFollowing a worldwide search for the most outstanding young talents in dance, Rolex has announced that a 22-year-old New Zealander, Christopher Ofanoa, has been named as a top dance finalist for the 2016–17 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. If chosen, he’ll have the opportunity to be mentored by master choreographer Ohad Naharin. Their year of creative exchange and collaboration would begin in June.

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New ballet staff to join RNZB in 2016

Posted on: 30/12/2015 9:00AM

RNZB Ballet Mistress Nadia Thompson and Ballet Master Alberto MontessoThe Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) has announced that it has appointed two new staff members to join the RNZB team in the New Year – ballet mistress Nadia Thompson and ballet master Alberto Montesso.

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RNZB in middle of European tour

Posted on: 13/11/2015 8:00AM

Royal New Zealand Ballet on tour in Europe in 2015The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) embarked on an international tour in October and is currently presenting Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg’s landmark production of Giselle and a mixed programme of contemporary works throughout Europe. Having already performed in Edinburgh, Leeds and High Wycombe, the ensemble continues its U.K. tour before venturing to Italy.

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Royal New Zealand Ballet reveals 2016 lineup

Posted on: 21/10/2015 9:00AM

Royal New Zealand Ballet 2016 SeasonThe Royal New Zealand Ballet has announced its 2016 Season, which will present three programmes and their accompanying national tours. It kicks off in late February with the Speed of Light programme, which includes the NZ premieres of three larger-than-life contemporary classics. The season also presents the world premiere of The Wizard of Oz by Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia and the return of Ethan Stiefel’s acclaimed Giselle.

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Atamira Dance Company premieres 'Mitimiti'

Posted on: 1/10/2015 11:30AM

Gabrielle Thomas of Atamira Dance CompanyAtamira Dance Company opened the 2015 Tempo Dance Festival with its newest full-length work Wednesday. Mitimiti is an immersive and engaging work that asks viewers to move amongst the transformed Q Theatre in Auckland. Running through Saturday, it features choreography by Jack Gray.

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Apply to audition for NZSD 2016 Full Time!

Posted on: 27/8/2015 9:00AM

New Zealand School of Dance Full Time 2016Online applications are due this Friday, August 28, for dancers interested in auditioning for the 2016 full time programmes at the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD). Auditions will be held in Wellington on September 26, Melbourne on September 28, Perth on October 1 and Sydney on October 4.

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RNZB premieres 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Posted on: 11/8/2015 5:00AM

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Liam ScarlettThe Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens next week in Wellington! This is the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s last New Zealand season for 2015; a dazzling world premiere from choreographer Liam Scarlett, with designs by Tracy Grant Lord, music by Mendelssohn, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nigel Gaynor, and of course, all your favourite dancers.

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Footnote celebrates its 30th birthday

Posted on: 6/8/2015 5:10PM

Footnote New Zealand DanceFootnote New Zealand Dance marks a milestone this month – its 30th anniversary! In celebration, the Wellington-based contemporary dance company is hosting a special week of performances and activities. The climax will be the presentation of 30Forward at the Wellington Opera House on August 28 and 29.

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Ballet Revolución to hit NZ & Oz for 3rd tour

Posted on: 11/6/2015 1:15AM

Ballet Revolución 2015 Australia and New Zealand TourDirect from Cuba, Ballet Revolución returns to Australia and New Zealand this month to present a brand new production. Ballet Revolución is recharged, rebooted and ready for its Aussie and Kiwi fans once again. Its tour starts in Auckland on June 17 and goes to Wollongong, Canberra and Sydney before the start of July, when it will visit Melbourne, Frankston, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

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RNZB to present 'Salute' program

Posted on: 24/4/2015 4:05PM

Jiří Kylián’s work Soldier's MassIn its newest production Salute, The Royal New Zealand Ballet collaborates with the New Zealand Army Band and various distinguished Kiwi composers and choreographers, like Dwayne Bloomfield, Gareth Farr, Neil Ieremia and Andrew Simmons, to mark the centenary of World War One. The mixed bill will premiere in Wellington on May 22 before touring to Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Takapuna, Auckland and Napier.

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NZSD presents 'Insight' Studio Performances

Posted on: 24/3/2015 1:00AM

New Zealand School of Dance Insight Studio Performances 2015On March 31 and April 1 at 6 p.m., the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) will present Insight Studio Performances at Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre in Wellington. These intimate performances of classical and contemporary dance by NZSD students will deliver a first-hand experience of the School.

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RNZB begins 2015 with flirtatious favourite

Posted on: 21/2/2015 1:30AM

Royal New Zealand Ballet performing Don QuixoteIn less than two weeks, the Royal New Zealand Ballet will open its 17-show season of Don Quixote. With choreography by Adrian Burnett after Marius Petipa, this stunning production will tour to Wellington (March 4-7), Christchurch (March 11-14), Invercargill (March 18), Dunedin (March 21), Auckland (March 26-29) and Palmerston North (April 1).

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New Zealand's Black Grace tours U.S.

Posted on: 14/1/2015 2:00AM

New Zealand dance company tours USABlack Grace is returning to the U.S. in February to present a striking program of four short works, MinoiPati PatiHuman Language and Mother Mother, as well as the acclaimed full-length work Gathering Clouds.

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NZDC tours 'Rotunda' in Australasia

Posted on: 8/1/2015 12:30AM

New Zealand Dance Company's RotundaNew Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) will tour its vivid work Rotunda from March to May this year. Created by Arts Laureates Shona McCullagh and Don McGlashan in collaboration with eight dancers, Rotunda commemorates the centenary of New Zealand and Australia’s involvement in the First World War.

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Dance to see at 2015 Auckland Arts Festival

Posted on: 20/12/2014 1:00AM

Akram Khan Company coming to 2015 Auckland Arts FestivalKiwi dance fans will want to save the dates for the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival scheduled for March 4-22. The festival, founded in 1948, will present another diverse and exciting season with a stellar dance lineup as part of its event calendar. The 2015 festival will present: New York-based Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet; I AM by Lemi Ponifasio and MAU, and iTMOi (in the mind of igor) by U.K.-based Akram Khan Company; and three site-specific performances in Close Encounters.

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2014 NZSD Graduation Season opens

Posted on: 20/11/2014 2:00AM

Dancers Samantha Vottari and Tynan Wood in Double Stop for NZSD Graduation Season 2014Presented at the end of each year, the New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season is currently being presented in Wellington through November 29. Students from the School’s full-time programme perform the work of iconic choreographers from the worlds of classical ballet and contemporary dance. This year, George Balanchine’s masterpiece Concerto Barocco is set beside work by NZ dance theatre artist Douglas Wright. Plus, students present works by acclaimed choreographer Nils Christe and Dutch dancemaker Wessel Oostrum.

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Sydney Dance Company returns to Auckland

Posted on: 12/11/2014 1:05AM

Sydney Dance Company in 2 One AnotherSydney Dance Company makes its long-awaited return to Auckland, New Zealand, this week with its award-winning and internationally-acclaimed production 2 One Another. The company presents four shows only on November 13–15 at ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland Live.

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RNZB appoints new Artistic Director

Posted on: 23/9/2014 2:00PM

Royal New Zealand Ballet Artistic DirectorThe Royal New Zealand Ballet has announced the appointment of 36-year-old Italian Francesco Ventriglia as the company’s new Artistic Director. Francesco Ventriglia was appointed after an extensive international recruitment process and he will begin his appointment as the company's 11th Artistic Director in November, joining the company during The Vodafone Season of A Christmas Carol.

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