Celebrating the year that was....
We have already made it to the end of 2016 and it is truly amazing what you can fit into 12 months - earthquakes and all!
The year has been coloured with an abundance of art and performance. The New Zealand Festival 'kicked up the arts' with some amazing international and local works at beginning of the year - the Le Grand Continental flash mob, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, and Douglas Wright's The Kiss Inside to name a few. Then of course there was the Auckland Arts Festival with Atamira Dance Company's Ruaumoko, the T.H.E Dance Company and Black Grace collaboration, plus the Royal New Zealand Ballet's outstanding contemporary work Speed of Light. Oh, AND then the Nederlands Dans Theater visited our shores for the first time ever!
It seems that 2017 promises more exciting visitors (Sergei Polunin, anybody??) and works from our very own talented artists. We are thrilled to see that the Pacific Dance Festival, which premiered for the first time this year, is in the works for 2017. And of course we are working on bringing you New Zealand Dance Week again - we want this to be larger than life so get in touch if you want to be involved!
A couple of our own highlights of 2016 was the delivery of our Māori Choreolab - an opportunity for the lovely Bianca Hyslop (Atamira, Okareka) to develop her choreographic skills and new work The Beauty of Small. There was TEMPO Dance Festival, where the revival of Michael Parmenter's Insolent River blew audiences away. Then, most recently, we pulled off Together / Moving Forward, a national dance Hui in which the sector came together (for the first time in over ten years!) to discuss, share, debate, learn, challenge, reflect, participate and contribute to the dance community in New Zealand.
Now were are rounding off the year and it is ending on a high note. Our final issue of the DANZ Magazine is on its way and the 2017 DANZ Members calendar is set for release! We expect 2017 to be a grand one and we look forward to hearing from you and offering you support. DANZ would like to wish you and your whanau a safe and happy summer. All the best and see you in the new year!
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