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NZSD Graduation Season 2006

Published: Mon 6 Nov 2006 01:19 PM
NZSD Graduation Season 2006


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Robert North’s Troy Game, photographed by Stephen A’Court


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NZSD students in George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, Photography by: Stephen A’Court


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NZSD third year classical student: Mikhail Ovcharov, Photography by Stephen A’Court
Media release
From the New Zealand School of Dance
6 November, 2006
NZSD Graduation Season 2006
Te Whaea Theatre, 15 – 25 November
15 – 18 Nov & 21 – 25 Nov at 7.30pm
19 Nov at 2.00pm ONLY (no evening performance)
No show 20 Nov.
PLEASE NOTE: Bookings are not available for the following performances as they are SOLD OUT!
Tuesday 21 Nov and Saturday 25 Nov
VENUE:
Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington
(previously Old Winter Show Buildings)
Seats are limited, so bookings are essential.
Please call the NZSD booking line on 04 381 9254 or email: dance@nzschdance.org.nz - to secure your seat.
Graduation Season 2006 offers a sweeping view of the New Zealand School of Dance’s past and present with a mesmerizing glance into the future. The season opens on Wednesday 15 November with eight distinct works.
We celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth with legendary choreographer George Balanchine’s intoxicating Divertimento No. 15. Divertimento No 15 is the second ballet that Balanchine created to Mozart’s Divertimento in B flat major K 287 which was composed in 1777. A pure dance work that seeks to visualise the understated elegance, exquisite filigree, and sweet playfulness of Mozart’s score, Divertimento No 15 has been characterised as “cut crystal rather than diamond glitter”. We continue the exhilaration of Balanchine's work with his stunning pas de deux, Tarantella.
The programme will also include Michael Parmenter’s visually stimulating The Bach, Val Caniparoli’s emotionally charged Aria and sure to be a crowd pleaser, Robert North’s Troy Game, pulsating with wit and masculine energy.
Troy Game is a cheerful, tongue-in-cheek display of male strength, rich in bravado and humour. It begins as a homage to the ancient warrior spirit, but as the beating of the South American drumming grows increasingly insistent, the 13 men are drawn into a spectacular, competitive dance and hilarious results ensue!
Additionally there will be two searing new works from foremost New Zealand choreographers Shona McCullagh and Malia Johnston whose contemporary sensibilities are certain to excite you.
Hailed by The NZ Listener as a ‘dance highlight of the year’, this is an event not to be missed!
ENDS

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