The New Zealand Dance Company presents Kiss The Sky

Artistic Director Shona McCullagh combines the high-octane physicality of Korean choreographer KIM Jae Duk, the clean aesthetic of New Zealander Sue Healey, and the complex and virtuosic artistry of Australian choreographer Stephanie Lake, to expand the forte of the already dynamic dancers of The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC). The works focus on the theme of the seasons, the southern sky and time, presented to coincide with the Matariki (Māori New Year) Festival.

NZDC is delighted to present its first commission from Asia to Korean choreographer/composer KIM Jae Duk. Sigan (Time) draws from the twin themes of meditation and attack, featuring a dynamic score utilising traditional Korean instruments within a contemporary composition.

Multi-award-winning choreographer New Zealander Sue Healey presents The Seasons Retouched set to composer Max Richter’s ‘Recomposed’. This work touches on images of the seasons and changing weather, combined with a formal architectural approach to the choreography. Hailed as the most influential composer of his generation, Max Richter’s music will be played live by Blackbird Ensemble. This work features AV design by Augusto.

Renowned Australian choreographer Stephanie Lake will present If Never Was Now. Described as “eccentric and whimsical with a playful, riotous edge… urgent and brilliantly unpredictable”, the work is a surreal hive of buzzing activity reflecting the beauty and brutality of the natural world.

Presented with Auckland Live, Kiss the Sky opens at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna on Thursday 29 June and runs until Saturday 1 July. The season includes special opportunities to connect with The New Zealand Dance Company through an engaging  “whole whānau” workshop and creative pre- and post-show talks.

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