About Footnote New Zealand Dance

Footnote New Zealand Dance is Aotearoa’s longest-running contemporary dance company. The story of Footnote is the story of our artform in this country, with almost every notable New Zealand dancer and choreographer for over a generation having worked with Footnote during their careers. Founded by Deirdre Tarrant in 1985, Footnote is a national arts organisation that extensively tours dance works around Aotearoa and internationally: the company has performed in the United States, China, Germany, the UK, Belgium, Switzerland and France in recent years. Footnote is known for creating and commissioning bold new work by New Zealand artists.

As a registered charitable trust, Footnote New Zealand Dance is funded by Creative New Zealand under the Toi Uru Kahikatea programme, and also receives support from Wellington City Council, Wellington Community Trust, a family of individual givers or Supporters, and various other sponsorships which are much appreciated.

Footnote’s main touring seasons are supported by a range of programmes; Dance-in-Education; professional development workshops – Choreolab; studio performances with discussion – Studio Showings; performance in galleries – Watch This Space – Maatakitakihia Mai Tenei Waahi; and collaborations with other arts partners such as Te Papa, City Gallery Wellington and The Performance Arcade. Footnote involves and is supported by a large team of dance enthusiasts, all of whom are vital to the world of Footnote New Zealand Dance.

The company is headed by the Footnote Dance Trust Board and General Manager Richard Aindow. They are supported by an Artistic Advisory Panel and an administration team made up of Artistic Liaison Anita Hunziker and Communications and Administration Manager Kerrin Burns.

Dancers

  • Cheyanne Teka

    Dancer

    Cheyanne grew up in New Plymouth, New Zealand. She began her dance journey at ten years old dancing at the...

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  • Nadiyah Akbar

    Dancer

    Nadiyah grew up in Sydney, Australia, and began her dance journey at the age of 4 in the Northern Beaches...

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  • Oliver Carruthers

    Dancer

    Ollie was born and raised in Auckland. He graduated from Unitec in 2017 with a degree majoring in Contemporary Dance....

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  • Veronica ChengEn Lyu

    Dancer

    Veronica ChengEn Lyu grew up in Yanji , Northern China, where she started dancing at the age of five.  After...

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  • Levi Siaosi

    Dancer

    Levi has worked as a freelance dancer, performing in a variety of spaces. During his time at New Zealand School...

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Management

Board

Artistic Advisory Panel