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Creative ID: 205

Art form(s): Dance, Music, Theatre.

Based in: Wellington and Christchurch.

When I'm available: Tuesdays and Fridays are good but we are also flexible. We would like to work intensively in April-May 2020 (after the school holidays) We are away and on tour: March, September-October.

Where I'm available: Wellington - Southern or Eastern suburbs are the most convenient but we have a van and are happy to travel. We are passionate about working with low-decile schools. Christchurch - transport available. Choreographer can take workshops in Christchurch. The company could come down for an intensive as part of other aspects of a project currently under development.

My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)

We are a company that integrates dance, theatre, and live music. We create site-specific and immersive shows with visceral dance theatre that clambers into the senses and speaks to the soul. We love to create work with the public, to interact and to collaborate. Founded in 2003, we have created 20 full length works, performing to over 100,000 people in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and the UK. Our most well-known show is a site-specific dance show on a moving bus, now in its 22nd season. We regularly create commissions for the Capital E National Arts Festival and started taking workshops in schools in 2005.

My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with

Our artistic director founded the company in 2003, after graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance. Over the past 15 years she has developed a distinctly sensory theatrical style, choreographing and producing more than 20 full-length dance theatre works, garnering critical acclaim, box office success, and international touring. She has been awarded the Choreographic Fellowship and has fulfilled commissions for various organisations over the years. She has also received a Distinguished Graduate award from the New Zealand School of Dance, became a a TEDx speaker/performer and became part of the ASSITEJ International Next Generation Programme. Since 2008 she has produced and performed 21 seasons of a show in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, and Asia. She also choreographs for theatre, musicals, and opera. As a dancer and actress, she has toured nationally to critical acclaim.

Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes

  • From 2005-2015 our company toured schools throughout New Zealand for 1-3 months each year, performing and taking workshops. Since then we have continued to perform to schools and take workshops through arts festivals around New Zealand, including at the Capital E National Arts Festival. Our violinist has taught extensively both in schools and privately. 
  • We have developed separate programmes for primary and secondary schools and created shows for 3-8 year-olds, teenagers, and adults.
  • We guest teach at the New Zealand School of Dance. 
  • We are currently developing a project information. Guest Korean artists may be undertaking a residency in May 2020 as part of the project.

Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice

As a company we are really interested in dance and music connecting people and being accessed by a wide group of people. Schools are an amazing way of ensuring more access to more people. For our new work we need to slowly research the idea creatively with many groups in the general public and develop dance and music with the groups. The Creatives in School Programme seems like the ideal way to work to this and to be able to work regularly with a school. After making interactive dance and music shows for young people for a long time, we are really interested in the idea of making a larger outdoor participatory work but we want to research it properly so are really developing the material with the public. In the long term we would like to include many age groups in the project and more than 128 people. This programme offers a structure to do our research within.

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