Nzdc Presents: The Absurdity Of Humanity National Tour
The New Zealand Dance Company presents a spring national tour of its most provocative and poetic season yet, The Absurdity of Humanity. From 3-20 September 2017, The New Zealand Dance Company will be performing at Taranaki Arts Festival, Marlborough, Christchurch Arts Festival and Wellington.
Artistic Director â€¯Shona McCullagh has coupled the striking works of Ross McCormack (Matter) and Lina Limosani (Whispers from Pandoraâ€™s Box) to form a stage blazing trans-Tasman double bill that premiered to critical acclaim in Auckland in 2016.
Matter by Ross McCormack (Creative New Zealandâ€™s 2015 Choreographic Fellow) â€œâ€¦.is a total triumph of collaboration, light, sound, and ultimatelyâ€¦ vision.â€ Paul Young (DANZ)
With set and choreography by Ross McCormack, one of New Zealandâ€™s finest and internationally acclaimed dance artists, the work features a surreal world of poles, appearing as spear-like plinths forcing the space apart. Created with an absurdist eye for detail, McCormack says â€œI am fascinated with how humans can bestow this importance and have almost cathartic experiences with seemingly benign objects.â€ In this highly anticipated theatrical work with a score by Jason Wright, questions of purpose, indecision, and environment are contemplated in a startling and powerful dystopian world.
â€œMatter (â€¦) is such an aesthetic and conceptual masterpiece, it cannot be recommended enough.â€ Makyla Curtis (Gay Express)
Whispers from Pandoraâ€™s Box by Australiaâ€™s Lina Limosani (2015 Dame Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Award recipient) is a theatrical exposition on the dichotomy of good and evil within human nature. With a score created from mashed up film soundtracks and absurdist scores, this black comedy contains Elizabethan-period inspired costumes, David Lynch style elements, and shockingly timed fight sequences. It promises to present both the macabre and humorous. Kill Bill meets Elizabeth I in this romp of surreal and action-packed pandemonium.
â€œâ€¦â€¦ a powerful and compelling commentary on the human condition and it should not be missed.â€- Dione Joseph, NZ Herald.
Taranaki Arts Festival
Sunday 3 September 6:00pm
TSB Showplace, New Plymouth
Tickets from $47.50 - $51/50
Saturday 9 September 7:30pm
ASB Theatre Marlborough, Blenheim
Tickets from $20.00 - $69.00
Christchurch Arts Festival
Friday 15 September 7:30pm
Aurora Centre, Christchurch
Tickets from $46.10 - $61.00
Wednesday 20 September 7:30pm
The Opera House, Wellington
Tickets from $29.00 - $75.00
More info: nzdc.org.nz/taohtour2017