Wellington Performing Arts Centre: Amazon

December 6, 2010 at 12:24 am | Posted in Dance Review | Leave a comment
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I went to the opening night of the WPAC Commercial Dance Graduates 2010 graduation shows, last Friday night.

As the name suggests the theme of the show was flora and fauna one might found in the rainforest.

There was a balletic feel to the show – in contrast to the more broadway themed of past shows. It got quite physical at times – swim-throughs, backward walkovers, etc.

There were 24 dance sequences ! This gave the 15 graduates solo (or small group) dances, which were intermixed with a dances involving all of them.

I liked: Bat, Snake, Panther, Fireflies, and Glow Worms. Fireflies used little lights to light up the three dancers and to enhance movement. Glow Worms cleverly used ventilating tubes to create giant orange worms – the clever choregraphy produced a quirky humourous and entertaining dance.

All the dancers seemed to be enjoying themselves; poured lots of energy and enthusiasm into their performance; and acquited themselves well technically.

The audience was very receptive and got quite vocal at times.

I hope lots of people got along to see it. I think the WPAC graduation show is an undiscovered dance gem. Maybe when they move into their new facilities next year, they will get more publicity.


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