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The Clearing National Tour


From the creative brilliance of Arts Laureate Ross McCormack comes a darkly cinematic new work performed by renowned national dance company, Footnote New Zealand Dance. The Clearing is a dance-theatre work inspired by the mysterious energy that exists within forests, hollows and hills, and the supernatural stories we tell ourselves about these spaces. Set against a compelling score by acclaimed sound designer Jason Wright, the occupants of The Clearing are caught, sheltered and threatened within an otherworldly terrain. Here, in this precarious environment, they wrestle with the elements and with each other.

Like a beautifully shot, indie thriller film, The Clearing overflows with vivid imagery and mesmerising performances.

“An absorbing piece of dance-theatre.” Dr Ian Lochhead, The Press

“Every dancer is beautifully controlled, totally committed, and clearly connected to the piece and to each other.” Kerri Fitzgerald, DANZ

“Footnote…can place this work on the world stage.” Kerri Fitzgerald, DANZ

Please note: this performance contains haze. Parental guidance recommended for children under 13 years old.

19th October
Theatre Royal

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24th October
Wellington Opera House

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26th October
Regent on Broadway

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31st October
ASB Waterfront Theatre

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2nd November
TSB Showplace

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As part of the Wellington City Council WARE programme, we’re excited to be hosting choreographer Kota Yamazaki at Footnote in November. While in Wellington, Kota will be developing new work on our company dancers so keep an eye out for details of an open studio showing where we will share what they have been working on together!
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Originally from Niigata, Japan, Kota is an award-winning choreographer who has worked across many disciplines and countries. Kota is a recipient of The New York Dance and Performance Awards (the Bessie Award) of 2007, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award of 2013, NYFA Fellowship of 2016, Guggenheim Fellowship of 2018 and two-time The Herb Alpert Award nominee. His latest work, “Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination” was nominated for the Bessie Award of 2018 as Outstanding Production, also was named as Best Production of 2017 in Dance Magazine.

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