School of Dance 2018 Choreographic Season

STOA = In Greek Architecture a portico, usually detached and of considerable length, that is used as a promenade or meeting place.

Students engage in creative collaboration

An enveloping atmosphere to explore deeper thought.

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) Choreographic Season is a highly anticipated addition to the capital city’s arts calendar, running from 28 June – 7 July at Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre.

Known for their innovative technical approach, the students this season  present a compilation of eleven short works connected by a common thematic thread, a place to explore & discover “Self”.

An important objective for the students creating STOA is creative collaboration. Although the students’ creative process begins individually, this approach quickly evolves into an intensely collaborative endeavor, with each idea contributing to a greater whole.

New Zealand School of Dance. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

To this end choreography is by graduating NZSD contemporary dance students, and sound design is by award winning artist Te Aihe Butler, who in his fifth year, has become intrinsically linked to portraying the creative process of the students.

Pushing out the boundaries

Exploring the boundaries of choreography is a challenging process, third year contemporary dance student Samuel Gilovitz talks of his approach.

Each rehearsal with my cast was a big learning curve generating movement with images, poetry, sensations and sound stimulus. I very quickly learnt how to communicate my ideas and concepts with clarity while creating a positive environment to achieve a productive and collaborative work space.”

NZSD students are locating their performance outside the traditional theatre environment. This year the performances will be held in the spacious lower levels of Te Whaea, the home of NZSD.

New Zealand School of Dance. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

Here the spatial context becomes part of the performance with the dancers guiding the audience through the space to provoke insight and intrigue.

It’s rewarding to be working alongside and mentoring the next generation of young artists. This new production is set outside a traditional theatre realm, provoking our students to respond to unique architecture.  In this collection of thoughts, audiences can expect to experience a reflection upon nature, the choreographers’ cultural voice and societal values.” – Victoria Colombus, Director of STOA and NZSD contemporary dance tutor.

STOA will challenge and inspire – an experience not to be missed.

STOA details

Choreographic Season 2018
28 June – 7 July
at Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre

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