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New Zealand Dance News – Aug/Sept 2022

NZSD 2nd Year Contemporary Dance Student Isabella Jones. Photo by Stephen A'Court.
NZSD 2nd Year Contemporary Dance Student Isabella Jones. Photo by Stephen A'Court.

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

Applications to audition at the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) are now open. The School’s unique training programme develops qualities that meet the needs of the dance profession while alsoextending the boundaries of the art form. Auditions will be held in New Zealand, Australia, and digitally. 

NZSD Classical Ballet Students Ruby Ryburn and Miguel Herrera. Photo by Stephen A'Court.
NZSD Classical Ballet Students Ruby Ryburn and Miguel Herrera. Photo by Stephen A’Court.

NZSD offers two full-time professional dance training programmes majoring in either Classical Ballet or Contemporary Dance. The New Zealand Diploma in Dance (Level 6) is a two-year course designed to prepare students for a performance career. Upon completion, students may apply to complete the NZSD Diploma in Dance Performance (Level 7), which focusses on providing performance opportunities and industry experience. The NZSD Diploma in Dance Performance (Level 7) is equivalent to an undergraduate degree, allowing the possibility of postgraduate study and many career pathways. Entry to full-time training at the New Zealand School of Dance is by audition.

The 2022 audition dates are: 1 October (Wellington, New Zealand), 3 October (Sydney, Australia), 5 October (Melbourne, Australia), and 6 October (Brisbane, Australia). For more information on how to apply and entry criteria, go to www.nzschoolofdance.ac.nz/audition.

The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) will present ArteFact: How to Behave in an Art Gallery in Dunedin and Nelson this October.

A playful site-specific dance-theatre work created by Arts Laureate Ross McCormack, ArteFact explores the reverence we place on objects housed within formal spaces such as art galleries, museums and libraries, and our behaviour in relationship to the conventions of these buildings.

Ross McCormack's 'ArteFact'. Photo by John McDermott.
Ross McCormack’s ‘ArteFact’. Photo by John McDermott.

Originally inspired by the physical structure of the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the tireless work of the visitor hosts, security guards and all who work at the iconic institution, ArteFact: How to Behave in a Museum premiered as part of the digital programme at Auckland Arts Festival this past March.

The reimagined ArteFact: How to Behave in an Art Gallery will be performed as part of both Nelson and Dunedin Arts Festivals 2022. The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson and Dunedin Public Art Gallery offer rabbit holes of possibility for a synthesis of performers, gallery hosts and art experts who will invite audiences to disrupt the tension often on display in gallery spaces.

McCormack masterfully fuses signature elements of physical theatre and comedy interwoven with his iconic style of movement to reveal some irresistible secrets of the human experience. For more details, visit nzdc.org.nz.

By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa. 

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