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The Dance Reel: Celebrating Dance with Film


The Dance Reel: Celebrating Dance with Film

Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) in partnership with Wellington International Dance Day organisers, YouthDance Education Trust (YET), are pleased to reveal a screening of short dance films at Te Papa, commemorating the end of New Zealand Dance Week  and International Dance Day.

The short programme of films will be screened on Sunday 29 April in Soundings Theatre at Te Papa as part of the International Dance Day activities run by YET. The programme is comprised of eight short films by some of New Zealand’s top dance/choreographic talents. 

“Film and moving images are a fantastic medium to capture physical movement and the essence of a dance performance. It is also another way to express creativity and innovation by showcasing the beauty of dance,” says DANZ Chief Executive, Anton Carter. “DANZ is excited to partner with YET to curate a selection of short dance films for this year’s International Dance Day event at Te Papa, as part of the New Zealand Dance Week celebrations. Come check it out, BYO popcorn!” 

Included in the line-up is the world premiere of award-winning choreographer/filmmaker Daniel Belton’s (Good Company Arts) work XYZ. Also featured will be films from New Zealand’s pioneer integrated dance company Touch Compass, the New Zealand School of Dance, Carol Brown (University of Auckland) with The New Zealand Dance Company, and Wellington based dancer/choreographer/filmmaker Loughlan Prior (Royal New Zealand Ballet).

Dancer and choreographer Carol Brown highlights the importance of dance on screen. “It [screendance] is vital to the dance field. It projects images that are fleeting ensuring they continue into the future, it offers a way to share and recompose dance for a global audience, it stimulates muscle memories reactivating the trace of dancers past and present,” explains Brown. “Screendance is our library, our resource, our stimuli and our prosthetic memory.  It captures and generates.”

The film programme is approximately 45 minutes and will screen every hour from 11.30am – 2.30pm in Soundings Theatre.

Admission is free.

Learn more about NZ Dance Week at 
Learn more about Wellington International Dance Day at 

With special thanks to all of the artists who generously offered up their works of art and to Creative New Zealand for their continued support.



The Dance Reel: Celebrating Dance with Film

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