NZSD: 45th Graduation Season

November 29, 2012 at 8:53 am | Posted in Ballet Review, Dance Review, Show Review | Leave a comment
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I went to the New Zealand School of Dance’s 45th Anniversary Graduation Season last night. The programme was well put together and printed on high quality glossy paper. The production contained a mixture of ballet, contemporary and neo-classic ballet.

I particularly enjoyed the neo-classic work entitled: Fractals. The lighting, the body hugging leotards and black tights worn by the ladies, and simple black vest and shorts worn by the men, gave all the dancers a tall androgynous look. The choreography contained many deliberately repetitions of the same elements to give the dance a fractal nature; the choreography required the dancers to be strong and flexible with a slightly mechanical air – they (Chloe Eincke and William Fitzgerald, with Hannah Askew, Olivia Berrell, Tiffinay Pellow, Mitchell Powell, Tynan Wood, and Benjamin Obst) were brilliant.

I also liked Verse and Faun.

Verse was choreographed, and costume design was also, by Loughlan Prior, specifically for this production in memory of David Carson-Parker – a long time patron of the Graduation Season. It was danced very ably by Luis Piva Junior.

Faun was danced by Gareth Okan – who successfully gave the work a strong animalistic feel. I did wonder what this work would look like if it was danced by a women.

Another excellent production.


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