Footnote Intensive 2019

Calling all freelance dancers and makers! This is your invitation to join us for our fourth annual Intensive: this year comprised of workshops led by Tru Paraha and technique classes from Jeremy Beck. This week-long professional development event is designed for you to have the space to explore and grow in your practice through workshops facilitated by Tru, former member of MAU Dance and Masters degree holder from the University of Auckland. Tru will lead participants through sessions focussing on intense embodiment & speculative imagination in performance. Jeremy Beck, past Footnote company member and prominent New Zealand performer, will set participants up for the day in the right way through his awareness focussed classes.

There are limited spaces available for this Intensive, so registration will be by application. To apply, please complete the simple online application form below by Sunday 7th April.


Apply here

Monday 13th May – Friday 17th May (inclusive)
Cost: $195

Please email Artistic Liaison Anita Hunziker if you have any questions –

Workshops with Tru Paraha

Tru Paraha is a choreographer and performer initially trained at the New Zealand School of Dance. She holds a master’s degree in dance studies from the University of Auckland with interests in choreographic research & performance writing. She is a former company member of MAU Dance enjoying festival tours to America, New Caledonia, England, Italy, Holland, Germany, Austria, & Belgium. International residencies include: Ocean inside the body with Lemi Ponifasio/MAU (Tahiti), ICL-Intercultural Choreographic Laboratory with Marugekku (Australia, Aotearoa), & The body and the environment workshop with Min Tanaka (Japan).

In 2018 Tru received a Māori choreo-lab residency from DANZ, where she directed a short choreo-film entitled Pā Huna (Hidden City). Her favourite self-produced choreographies include: HINE-2012 (Maidment Theatre, 2012), KARE; kind artificial real experience (Undisciplining Dance Symposium, 2016), BlackOut (Kenneth Myers Centre, 2018), 5th Body (Votive Poetics Workshop, 2018), & 5th Body: xorcsm (Experimental Dance Week Aotearoa, 2019).

ABCD Workshop with Tru Paraha

A nonymous
B odies
C horeographic
D arkness
The A B C D workshop is oriented toward intense embodiment & speculative imagination in
performance. What if the dancer becomes-thing & the studio is all atmosphere (not a

part. 1
We will try to lose face & let bodies turn rogue. There are several techniques & vectors of
movement that we can explore such as: impact, image-work, lamby jumps, weak force.

part. 2
In the later sessions we will engage dirty technologies & choreographic strategies of
encounter. There will be group pieces (trios, quintets) constructed out of thick air.

Everyone is warmly encouraged to bring performance materials and/or useful belongings.
These could include – but are not limited to – everyday objects, personal devices & cherished

mobile phones
portable speakers
cultural artifacts
survival blankets
body adornment
head pieces
pop-up tents
yoga mats
knee pads
disposable polaroids

Morning Class with Jeremy Beck

Born in Dunedin, Jeremy started dancing at the age of six. In 2012 he started training at the New Zealand School of Dance. After graduating in 2014 Jeremy went on to join Footnote New Zealand Dance as a full-time company dancer. He performed six performance seasons over two years, departing the company in late 2016.

Jeremy has since worked with Atamira Dance Company (AWA, PANGO), World of WearableArt Awards Show, Muscle Mouth (System, As It Stands), Movement of the Human, Chunky Move, TOHU Productions (OHO), Tupua Tigafua (Shel we?) and other independent choreographers across New Zealand and Australia.

Most recently Jeremy performed for Muscle Mouth in the world premiere of As It Stands choreographed by Ross McCormack for the 2019 Auckland Arts Festival. Jeremy has also created commissioned works for Footnote New Zealand Dance and an independent solo show know one in the 2018 Wellington Fringe Festival.

Morning Class: Awareness

This is a rich, full bodied class where we will explore modes of awareness through expansive choreographic phrases, progressions and improvisational tasks. Throughout the week we will consider three modes: awareness of body, awareness of space and awareness of others while learning and performing extensive movement phrases.