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New Zealand Dance News – January 2020

NZDC's 'This Fragile Planet'. Photo by John McDermott and Caroline Power Photography.
NZDC's 'This Fragile Planet'. Photo by John McDermott and Caroline Power Photography.

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

The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) welcomes Ana Gallardo, Annaliese MacDonald, Jack Lennon and Levi Teachout as company members, and Maggie Bryan as an apprentice, in 2020. Callahan Laird joins RNZB as the 2020 Todd Scholar, and Lara Flannery and Jamie Delmonte have been announced as the inaugural Friedlander Foundation Scholars. 2019 Todd Scholar Teagan Tank will become a full company member in 2020. In addition, 2019 apprentices Calum Gray and Vincent Fraola, who both trained at the New Zealand School of Dance, will join RNZB as full company members. 

The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) and The Conch with Auckland Live will present This Fragile Planet in 2020. Inspired by the delicacy of our ecosystems, our effect on mother earth, and the beauty of art and nature intertwining, this work explores the strength of international democracy and the power of regeneration across the natural world. This Fragile Planet will be premiering at Fringe Town as part of Auckland Fringe from 25 – 26 February 2020, and Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival from 1 – 2 March 2020. For booking information, visit nzdc.org.nz/works/this-fragile-planet.

Alec Katsourakis, Bjorn Aslund and Alessia Augello.
Alec Katsourakis, Bjorn Aslund and Alessia Augello.

Toi Pōneke Arts Centre has offered its fourth dance residency to choreographers Bjorn Aslund, Alec Katsourakis, Alessia Augello and Producer Mattias Olofsson. They will produce a triple bill dance show titled Situations in Play at the NZ Fringe from 12 – 14 March 2020. This dance residency offers dance studio rehearsal space, financial and practical support for the production and access to experienced mentors. Situations in Play is an immersive dance performance involving the premiere of Katsourakis’ Play As You Go, Aslund’s Plato’s Atlantis and Augello’s There is Only the Situation. Inspired by site-specific dance performance, all three emerging artists will challenge audiences’ pre-conceived notions behind choreography and performance. For more information, visit toiponeke.nz/events/2019/12/01/-dance-residency-2019-2020.

By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa. 

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