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Meraki - New Zealand School of Dance



Fri 28 May 2021, 07:30 pm


BATS Theatre
1 Kent Terrace


Dance, Education, Wellington Region,


Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets


$16 - $40

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Meraki [may-rah-kee]{verb} Greek. To do something with soul, creativity or love.

The annual New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) Choreographic Season has been a highly anticipated addition to the capital city’s arts calendar for decades. This year’s season, Meraki, showcases the talent and accomplished artistry of the New Zealand School of Dance students as emerging artists.

Known for their innovative technical approach, the students present a compilation of short works connected by a common thematic thread – the creation of art imbued with something of the creator’s essence...something of the creator’s self.

Working under the mentorship of NZSD contemporary dance tutor Holly Newsome, who herself is a graduate of the School and the Creative Director of dance company Discotheque, the contemporary dance students collaborate to piece their own short works together into a longer dance performance for audiences to enjoy.

Expect to see a diverse range of themes explored through movement, with a consistent thematic shift from work to work. Performances are nothing short of inquisitive, fascinating, exciting and beautiful.

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) in Wellington is one of the Southern Hemisphere’s leading dance training institutions, preparing students for careers in professional dance performance. Students study full-time, majoring in contemporary dance or classical ballet, while learning both techniques.

As NZSD Director Garry Trinder says “For those who desire a career in dance, the New Zealand School of Dance offers a programme of consummate excellence...we focus on preparing students for the demands of the dance world and their future place in it.”

The day-to-day reality of being a dance student is one of long hours and an incredible amount of determination and passion. The annual Choreographic Season is a unique opportunity for contemporary dance students experience the process of choreographing, producing and performing in their own works and explore the skills essential for the dance profession.


The Random Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office by 4.30pm on the show day if you have accessibility requirements so that the appropriate arrangements can be made. Read more about accessibility at BATS.

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