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2019 Programmes


After touring in China with Hemispheres last year, with our partners Guangdong Modern Dance Company, we can’t wait for New Zealand audiences to experience this exceptional show. Especially as, thanks to support from Asia New Zealand Foundation and sponsorship from the China Cultural Centre, we are able to offer entry to all performances by koha (donation). This is a very rare opportunity to see outstanding work by international and New Zealand artists with a simple donation on the door. We are over the moon to be able to present Hemispheres in this way.

A collision of artists from both sides of the Pacific Ocean: Hemispheres is an impressive international collaboration between the longest-running contemporary dance companies in New Zealand and in China. Hemispheres is headlined by Mass Solitude, an astounding new work choreographed by Sarah Foster-Sproull and performed by both companies. Mass Solitude showcases the technical mastery of detailed movement that is a signature of Chinese dance companies, with the powerful physicality that New Zealand dancers are renowned for across the world. Adding to the evening of exceptional artistry is Elliptical Fictions, choreographed by New Zealander Zahra Killeen-Chance and excerpts from The Spring Tide, choreographed by Taiwanese artist WU Chien-Wei. See below for more information about each of the works in Hemispheres.

Bruce Mason Centre
15 February 7pm – 8.45pm
16 February 7pm – 8.45pm

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Palmerston North
Regent on Broadway
19 February 1.30pm – 2.30pm (Short programme + Q&A)
19 February 6.30pm – 8.45pm

Koha/Donation on the door

Isaac Theatre Royal
24 February 1.30pm – 2.30pm (Short programme + Q&A)
24 February 6.30pm – 8.15pm

Koha/Donation on the door

Regent Theatre
26 February 6.30pm – 8.15pm

Koha/Donation on the door


Wellington, Soundings Theatre, Te Papa
1 March 6.30pm – 8.15pm
2 March 1.30pm – 2.30pm (Short programme + Q&A)
2 March 6.30pm – 8.15pm
3 March 1.30pm – 3.15pm

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Hemispheres includes the below works:

Mass Solitude:

Mass Solitude (群孤) returns to forgotten movement rituals as a way of connecting with each other beyond language and technology. Here, human proximity and surveillance are our key means of communicating and belonging to the group. Mass Solitude is a movement meditation on connection and isolation. Within it we look at how people might interact whilst under constant observation, and consider what might inspire us to rebel, escape, or commit ourselves further into the folds of the community.

Guangdong Modern Dance Company: The Spring Tide (excerpts):

Finding the balance between contemporary and tradition: The Spring Tide portrays the journey of an upcoming generation. Riding on the wave of a new era, they uncover their bright future through perseverance and bravery. In an honest and hopeful look to the future, choreographer WU Chien-Wei has created a truly compelling tale of courage in the face of change.

Footnote New Zealand Dance: Elliptical Fictions:

Drawing on her research during a three-month residency in Taipei in 2017, Zahra Killeen-Chance creates a mesmerising world in her work Elliptical Fictions. Grounded in the idea of opposition, Elliptical Fictions is an exploration of the curve evolving out of the line, and the line evolving out of the curve. Adding to her hypnotic work is projected imagery by legendary New Zealand artist Richard Killeen, Zahra’s father, whose work has exhibited widely internationally and across Aotearoa. This is the first time he has collaborated with his daughter. With sound design by accomplished Wellington composer Emi Pogoni, Elliptical Fictions brings together a potent combination of New Zealand creativity.





Nobody Hears the Axe Fall

Created especially for Fringe, ChoreoCo by Footnote is a short-term company of remarkable dance artists. In 2019, the energy of a brand-new ChoreoCo combines with long-time collaborators Julia Harvie and Stuart Lloyd-Harris to create Nobody Hears the Axe Fall.

An unruly collection of imagery escapes from Nobody Hears the Axe Fall. Through pattern and rhythm, this fresh new work chews on the complexities of life and spits out a live soundscape for all the senses. Performed by this year’s outstanding ChoreoCo dancers, Nobody Hears the Axe Fall is an immersive cinematic experience.

A striking collision of movement and sound.

‘The cast show no mercy. They are all equally mesmerising in their performance.’ – Donna Banicevich-Gera on ChoreoCo 2018

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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 March 2019

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