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New Zealand School of Dance Solo Season 2017

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD), is celebrating 50 years of training and inspiring world class professional young dancers. Show attendees will be moved and inspired in this year's contemporary solo season ONCE.

This year's season features solo dance works created by graduates from each of the past five decades of the New Zealand School of Dance. These include Mary Jane O’Reilly, Taiaroa Royal, Daniel Belton, Raewyn Hill, Emma Murray, Craig Bary, Sacha Copland, Janessa Dufty, Lauren Langlois and Eliza Sanders. Each piece has been carefully crafted and matched to the exceptional contemporary dance student who will graduate in 2017. The full circle of being a student, entering the dance industry, earning recognition and returning to NZSD has been incredibly rewarding for all those involved.

New Zealand School of Dance student Christina Guieb. Photographed by Stephen A’Court. Image courtesy of the New Zealand School of Dance.

Choreographer Craig Bary (1998 graduate) says, “I love coming back to where it all started for me and to see the incredible progress the school has made over the years. Spending time with the dancers is a fantastic opportunity to stay engaged with the New Zealand School of Dance and to continue to develop my skills as a teacher and a choreographer.”

The students and the audience will embark on an experience that showcases the school’s history and the evolution of contemporary dance. Each piece features the past graduate's unique choreographic signature, which reflects on their personal journey in the world of contemporary dance.

The New Zealand School of Dance first opened its doors in March 1967 and was previously known as the National School of Ballet. With the expansion of the curriculum to embrace contemporary dance training in 1982, the school changed its name to New Zealand School of Dance.

Part of the 1968 graduating class was Mary Jane O’Reilly QSM “I feel absolutely privileged to be invited to make a solo for this anniversary and grateful to still be making dance as one of the first intake into the school 50 years ago. Any dance career has many facets and mine has certainly been multidimensional, from the NZ Ballet, Limbs, Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, Neo burlesque to now... It’s all and still is exciting, unstable and revolutionary in its variation” 

This season is a true collaboration between the dance students of NZSD and the returning graduates. It underlines the importance of supporting alumni, both in New Zealand and overseas, and celebrates some of the 2017 graduating students as they embark on their careers. This season is a true celebration of contemporary dance and exemplifies the School's commitment to those that enter through its doors.


New Zealand School of Dance Solo Season 2017

8 – 16 September  2017
Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington

Tickets: $17-$23
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Updated on 18th September 2017