Kia ora and welcome to New Zealand Presents.
Here you will find insight into just some of the innovative work created in Aotearoa New Zealand. As the country’s arts development agency Creative New Zealand invites you to sample and enjoy the range of distinctive dance, theatre and multi-disciplinary art ready to take to the world stage.
Leading Māori contemporary dance company, Atamira Dance Company creates professional dance works inspired by Aotearoa’s history, legends and contemporary issues. Critically acclaimed, the company has a reputation for producing “inventive and stunning” pieces.
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Photo:Kaha, by John McDermott
Internationally renowned as an exponent of Pacific contemporary dance Black Grace creates works with “artistry, creative excellence and innovation”. A fusion of traditional Pacific cultures and contemporary dance, the 17-year-old company is an extension of the personal history of its founder and choreographer Neil Ieremia.
Contact: Neil Ieremea, CEO/Founding Artistic Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Duncan Cole
For more than 25years Footnote has toured New Zealand presenting the “fluid energy of dance as a real reflection of national identity”. Footnote has also performed in Shanghai, Antwerp and Brussels and at the City of London Arts Festival. In October 2012, Footnote will perform Hullapolloi as part of the New Zealand profile at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany.
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Photo: Trance like happiness, by Victoria Vincent
Creating work for young people and adults, Java Dance specialises in site-specific and innovative work which “captures audiences with dance theatre that clambers into the senses”. “We believe in immersing the audience in our work and revealing the pulse beneath the surface,” says Artistic Director Sacha Copland.
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Photo: Rise, by Derek Simpson
Aotearoa’s newest contemporary dance company aims to present New Zealand dance to New Zealanders and the world. “Our goal is to replenish the appetite for contemporary dance in New Zealand, engage our audience in non-traditional ways and weave our artform deeply into the fabric of society.”
Contact: Roger Christensen, Operations Manager, email@example.com
Photo: Language of living, photo by John McDermott
A young, vibrant contemporary dance company from New Zealand, Okareka reaches from its rich Maori heritage and contemporary expertise to create "unique and moving dance compositions that inspire and provoke audiences around the world". Led by veteran performers Taane Mete and Taiaroa Royal, Okareka has become one of New Zealand's most sought after and prolific dance companies.
Contact: Rachael Penman, General Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Zealand’s only professional contemporary dance company to integrate artists with and without disability, Touch Compass aims to Dance beyond difference. “Challenging perceptions about what is and who can dance, the company has pioneered the visibility of unique bodies and forms of expression to present bold, breathtaking and provocative performances.”
Contact: Karen Fraser Payne, General Manager, email@example.com
Photo: Spring by Kathrin Simon
Auckland Theatre Company present high quality professional productions with a strong focus on developing New Zealand work, alongside international contemporary plays and the classics. The Company is led by Artistic Director Colin McColl whose international career as a director covers original and cutting edge productions of classic dramas to opera.
Contact: Lester McGrath, General Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Awatea by Michael Smith
Formed in 1997 the theatre presents New Zealand work for audiences aged two to 14. Capital E has developed into a major touring organisation, presenting works to more than 600,000 patrons in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. From its Wellington base it tours two works each year to 20 New Zealand cities and also presents at regional festivals.
Contact: Stephen Blackburn, Creative Producer, email@example.com
Photo: Hinepau by Stephen Acourt
Now in its second decade Indian Ink is the result of a long standing and productive partnership between Justin Lewis and Jacob Rajan. Together they have created a series of “remarkable theatre productions of intimate scale that remind audiences of the simple truths of life.”
Contact: Louise Gallagher, Producer and General Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Guru of Chai by John McDermott
New Zealand’s leading professional Pacific theatre company. Its latest major success, The Factory – A Pacific Musical, has generated international interest. Kila Kokonut Krew is an advocate for emerging and established Pacific performing artists.
Contact: Anapela Polataivao, Company Director, email@example.com
Photo: The Factory
Through 21 years of devising and collaborating with leading playwrights, this Auckland ensemble creates theatre where individuals are “deeply seen”. Describing themselves as a company of curious people, their work is inspired by real life and presented in any combination of “authentic” physical and verbal story telling.
Contact: Rochelle Bright, General Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: The Brave by Matt Klitscher
Self defined as “creative rule breakers” who connect their heritage, present and future through contemporary theatre, Taki Rua focus on New Zealand stories. “We are the call to our audiences and artists to celebrate and share stories that define and challenge the essence and perceptions of who we are as the indigenous culture of Aotearoa.”
Contact: James Ashcroft, Tumuaki/Artistic Director, email@example.com
Photo: Michael James Manaia
Describing themselves as creating high comedy for the lowly masses the company has produced, written, directed and performed nearly a dozen shows since 2003. Theatre Beating specialise in “Seussian stories, nail-biting stakes, comic tableaux, and characters you get to know, love, fear for, and care about, despite the fact they are idiots”.
Contact: Arthur Meek, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: The magic chicken by Sascha Stejko Photography
A leading image and movement based theatre company under the artistic direction of Kate Parker and Julie Nolan. The company creates original work and delivers education and community engagement programmes in New Zealand and abroad. The company’s work is generally suitable for all ages and is described as “restlessly creative… endlessly inventive”.
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Photo: Paper Sky by John McDermott
A performing arts and creative production house, Cuba Creative specialises in bringing arts-based projects to life in partnership with leading and emerging creators. Cuba Creative is a generator and presenter of ideas.
Contact: Adrianne Roberts, Arts Producer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Moving stationery by Riku Virtanen
A producer of new New Zealand works including dance theatre by renowned New Zealand choreographer Douglas Wright and a new concept in live entertainment, Live Live Cinema. The first Live Live Cinema production, Carnival of Souls has toured Australia, New Zealand and in October 2012 will perform in Frankfurt as part of New Zealand’s Guest of Honour programme at the Frankfurt Book Fair. A follow-up production is in development: Francis Ford Coppola’s Dementia 13.
Contact: Phil Evans, Director, email@example.com
Photo: Carnival of Souls
Specialising in award-winning visual and spatially considered performance productions the company has presented in New Zealand and Europe. Playground NZ’s work ranges from dance-theatre productions to performance events and live art exhibitions. Its projects feature “unique collaborations, strong concepts, arresting presentation techniques and artists of international standing”.
Contact: Sam Trubridge, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Sleep/Wake by Richard Robinson
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year the New Zealand String Quartet is “acclaimed by critics and loved by audiences”. It has a reputation for energetic stance, imaginative programming of classical repertoire along with performances of fresh and unique New Zealand music. The quartet regularly tours to North America, Europe, Asia and Australia as well as performing around New Zealand.
Contact: Rose Campbell, Manager, email@example.com
Photo: NZSQ by Maarten Holl
New Zealand’s foremost piano trio engages national and international audiences in “intimate and dynamic” performances that make classical music “approachable, meaningful and relevant”. Celebrating 10 years together in 2012, Justine Cormack (violin), Ashley Brown (cello) and Sarah Watkins (piano) regularly commission works by Australasian composers and collaborate with a range of leading artists.
Contact: Vanessa Zigliani, Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: NZTrio by Kristian Frires