Studio Showing – NZ School of Dance

October 22, 2010 at 3:13 am | Posted in Dance Review | Leave a comment
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I went to the New Zealand School of Dance’s studio showing the other night, (in September). As the name suggests, it takes place in a studio: very limited seating for the relatively large numbers who turned up; everyone being required to take their street shoes off; no curtains; and no wings – the dancers entering and leaving the performance area through the audience.

There were 10 pieces: five ballet pieces and five modern dance pieces.

The standout pieces, for me, were Men’s Trio from Romeo and Juliet and Even Songs. I found these two pieces the most memorable. I enjoyed Jason Carter, Benjamin Obst and Travis Robertsons’ execution of the Kenneth MacMillan choreography; full marks to Yuriy Klymenko’s coaching. I found Evening Songs very intriging and engaged my attention. There is a full programme of Jiri Kylian’s works in the graduation season – I’ve pencilled it into my diary!

It was also hard to go past Tom Bradley’s physicality in Manipulated Living – also choreographed by him.

Finally the musical accompaniment was very interesting: pieces started with no music, while some pieces featured vocals.

The gold coin donation for entry is a bargain.

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