New Zealand Dance News – November 2018

NZSD contemporary dance students Jareen Wee and Chris Clegg. Photo by Stephen A'Court.
NZSD contemporary dance students Jareen Wee and Chris Clegg. Photo by Stephen A'Court.

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

Crystal Wong.

Crystal Wong.

International ballet superstar Dusty Button is coming back to New Zealand to teach at International Ballet Workshops’ (IBW) summer 2019 “Blaze Your Own Trail” Series. The former principal dancer at the Boston Ballet was a guest teacher at IBW’s winter 2017 season. In addition, Crystal Wong will be joining Button as a supporting guest teacher in the New Zealand leg of the tour. Wong has performed various independent projects in London, and was invited by choreographer Yuri Ng to guest in his award-winning piece, Le Beau (Boy Story), for City Contemporary Dance Company.

The workshops will be held at Wellesley Studios in Auckland on January 15-16, and 17-18 (dancers can choose between either set of dates). As with all IBW Series, there will be some international opportunities on offer, as well as several awards, including a $1500 International Travel Grant and a $1000 Professional Development award. Dance Informa is proud for sponsor IBW. Register now at www.internationalballetworkshops.com.

DanceSurance liability packages are now available in New Zealand. As a trusted provider of industry specific dance and performing arts products in Australia since 1970, DanceSurance is excited to be able to offer its market leading liability package to New Zealand clients. Some of the highlights of the package are: $10,000,000 or $20,000,000 Public and Products Liability, $10,000,000 Professional Indemnity, $1,000,000 Statutory Liability and Worldwide cover. Premiums start from $250NZD. Optional cover for Management Liability is also available. The team at DanceSurance are uniquely qualified, experienced and have a passionate desire to continue to give their clients the absolute best possible service, covers and premiums. Contact DanceSurance for further details on +613 8813 0425 or email info@dancesurance.com.

Ezra Williams and Ufitia Sagapolutele.

Ezra Williams and Ufitia Sagapolutele.

Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) will be offering Dunedin the chance to dance with and learn from two champion dance artists. Ufitia Sagapolutele (formerly The Royal Family) and Ezra Williams (formerly Identity Dance Company) will teach two open hip hop classes and a choreographic development workshop at the RASA School of Dance. For tickets to the Open Hip Hop Workshops, to be held 10 November, 4-5pm, click here. For tickets to Creating Choreography/A Choreographic Exploration, to be held 11 November, 11am-2pm, click here.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) recently announced the appointment of Lester McGrath as Executive Director. McGrath is currently Chief Executive of Auckland Theatre Company and will join Artistic Director Patricia Barker at the helm of the national ballet company in late January 2019.

“The RNZB is a great company, which I have long admired,” says McGrath. “It has a bright future ahead of it, with the opportunity to take on new challenges. I look forward to working with the team at the RNZB to deepen the company’s engagement with stakeholders, and bring outstanding dance to audiences of all ages across Aotearoa.”

RNZB is currently presenting The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Nutcracker through 15 December. For tickets, visit rnzb.org.nz/shows/the-nutcracker.

Join The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) and experience a week of exceptional dance training. The 2019 Youth Summer School will challenge technical and creative potential through daily classes in contemporary, ballet, choreography and NZDC repertoire. This is an amazing opportunity to be mentored by professional NZDC dancers and shouldn’t be missed. Two classes available for age eight to 11 and 12-plus. Early-bird registration now open. Sign up for Summer School before 14 December to receive 10 percent discount off your registration fee. 

NZDC is thrilled to present Time, a riveting triple bill from highly acclaimed New Zealand, Korean and Australian choreographers Ross McCormack, KIM Jae Duk and Stephanie Lake. Artistic Director Shona McCullagh has drawn together works that each speak to a different concept of time – using ideas of contrasting speeds, dystopian futures and the link of our present to the past. In December, NZDC will be touring this work to December Dance at Concertgebouw Brugge, Central – La Louvière in Belgium, and Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. For tickets, visit www.nzdc.org.nz/node/time

Open throughout the year, NZDC’s weekly Company Classes range from contemporary to ballet, M&B, and yoga for dancers, with something for everyone at its home at Wellesley Studios. Classes run from 9-10:30am at $12 for unwaged/students and $15 for waged. Schedules are updated weekly on NZDC website, Facebook page and Instagram.

NZSD students Isaak McLean and Teagan Tank. Photo by Stephen A'Court.

NZSD students Isaak McLean and Teagan Tank. Photo by Stephen A’Court.

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) is about to begin its 2018 Graduation Season, 21 November – 1 December at NZSD. Graduation Season brings together the hard work of accomplished students and distinguished tutors in two productions of ballet and contemporary dance, alternating each night throughout the season of 12 performances. The 2018 Graduation Season marks the 20th anniversary of the School’s Director, Garry Trinder. Be in the theatre when the curtain rises on the next generation of dance talent. To book, visit www.nzschoolofdance.ac.nz.

By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa.

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