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New Zealand Dance News – February 2018

International Ballet Workshops. Photo courtesy of IBW.
International Ballet Workshops. Photo courtesy of IBW.

Find out what’s happening in New Zealand dance news this month!

OrphEus – a dance opera by Michael Parmenter with The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) is a bold, new full-length production that premieres at the Auckland Arts Festival and New Zealand Festival in March 2018. In this richly layered, epic dance work, Parmenter combines the power of dance, live music and theatre alongside NZDC, Grammy Award-winning tenor Aaron Sheehan, baroque ensemble Latitude 37 and special guests. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.nzdc.org.nz/node/orpheus.

NZDC brings back the well-received seniors dance programme, Feisty Feet, for 2018. Classes are held every Wednesday from 10-11am at Subud Hall, 19 Formby Road, Pt Chevalier and Takapuna War Memorial Hall, 7 The Strand, Takapuna. For more information, head to www.nzdc.org.nz/node/feisty-feet.

NZDC Feisty Feet.

NZDC Feisty Feet.

NZDC has also introduced a new evening Contemporary Class programme led by long-time company member and accomplished dancer Lucy Lynch. Classes are aimed for 14+ pre-professional, intermediate/advanced dancers up through the seasoned professional. Classes start on 7 February. Casual student/unwaged at $15, casual waged at $20 per class. For more, visit www.nzdc.org.nz/node/contemporary-classes.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) is gearing up for this month’s premiere of The Piano: the ballet, a new full-length ballet by Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček, presented in association with the New Zealand Festival and the Auckland Arts Festival. The work is inspired by the film The Piano. Following the world premiere season opening in Wellington on 23 February, the production will tour to Napier, Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch and Palmerston North. For tickets and more information, head to rnzb.org.nz/shows/the-piano-the-ballet.

RNZB dancer Madeleine Graham and NZ choreographer Corey Baker have left for Antarctica, where they will create the first dance work ever on the frozen continent. The work is based on climate change and will be premiered at RNZB’s Dancing with Mozart season in late May. To book tickets and learn more, visit rnzb.org.nz/shows/dancing-with-mozart.

International Ballet Workshops. Photo courtesy of IBW.

International Ballet Workshops. Photo courtesy of IBW.

This winter, International Ballet Workshops (IBW) will tour to Auckland for its Winter 2018 Series. The New Zealand intensive will be held 20 – 22 July. Further details and registration will be available soon, but for now, interested students can save the date for this exciting opportunity. IBW’s Summer Series completely sold out in four of the five cities on tour, so getting in quick is recommended. For more information on IBW, head to internationalballetworkshops.com. And be sure to follow IBW on Facebook and Instagram to keep up-to-date on the Winter Series in Auckland. 

By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa.

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