What’s on

2018 Programmes


Balancing Point is a breathtaking contemporary dance double-bill by Footnote New Zealand Dance. For their major season of 2018, Footnote intersects two hypnotic new dance works by New Zealand and Australian choreographers Zahra Killeen-Chance, James O’Hara & Eliza Sanders.

Drawing on her research during a three-month residency in Taipei in 2017, Killeen-Chance creates a mesmerising world in her work Elliptical Fictions. Grounded in the idea of opposition, Elliptical Fictions presents a continual shift between forces of the body and mind. Lose yourself in the crisp, controlled movements of Footnote’s company dancers: be lifted by the warmth of Emi Pogoni’s sonic landscape.

Influenced by their experience of the disruption that accompanies the international performer’s life, O’Hara and Sanders unite to create a tender ode to returning home. With a virtuosic energy, their new work speaks of elation and comfort. Dunedin musician Nadia Reid, whose first two albums have enjoyed rave reviews globally (including The Guardian and The Observer) uses magical folk stylings to propel the dancers through this enthralling work.

Following on from their highly successful thirteen centre national tour of Search Engine, Footnote New Zealand Dance brings these two new entrancing works together into one evening’s programme with Balancing Point. The captivating Footnote company dancers bring their renowned group artistry to this double-bill season.  

This show contains nudity.

The dancers work together as a finely tuned articulate ensemble.Tania Kopytko, Theatreview 2018

Their obvious cohesiveness is spellbinding.Kim Buckley, Theatreview 2018

Te Whaea, National Dance and Drama Centre
16th/17th/18th August

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Aurora Centre
22nd August

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Q Theatre
28th/29th August

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Toi Art – Immersive Movement Tours

Dancers lead you through the new art galleries on a unique tour that uses movement to explore art in new ways. This one-on-one walking tour will activate your senses and encourage deep connections with the surrounding art and architecture. Developed and choreographed by Olive Bieringa of BodyCartography Project, this tour is delivered by Footnote New Zealand Dance company members.

Te Papa 

Next tours in October 2018

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Photo by Eden Mulholland.
Taken during rehearsals for Mass Solitude.



Footnote New Zealand Dance and Guangdong Modern Dance Company (GDMDC) are co-producing a full evening-length programme in 2018, Hemispheres, a collaboration that will be between the longest-running contemporary dance companies in New Zealand and in China. A project two years in the making before its development in the Guangdong studios in April, Hemispheres will include Mass Solitude, a new work by Sarah Foster-Sproull, featuring seven dancers from each company that will anchor a high quality triple bill programme of contemporary dance.

China Tour November 2018

New Zealand Tour March 2019



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