Carl Tolentino

Carl began full-time dance training at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE) in 2006. After attaining a Diploma in Dance Performance and the QDSE Special Performer Award in 2007, he was accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance in 2008. There, Carl worked with leading choreographers and during his final year performed Malia Johnston’s Body Fight Time with Footnote Dance Company, which toured to Wellington and Auckland. After graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2011 Carl performed the next few years with Black Grace, Okareka Dance, at the World of Wearable Art, alongside Vicki Van Hout on her work Long Grass for Sadler’s Wells, in Lewis Major’s Glasshouses, and worked with Shaun Parker and Company on Am I, which premiered in the 2014 Sydney Festival.

Carl began working with The New Zealand Dance Company in 2013 and has performed in the premiere season of Rotunda and its tours to the Holland Dance Festival and Australia; the Language of Living national tour; Lumina in its premiere season and tours across New Zealand and Europe; The Absurdity of Humanity in its premiere season and tour across New Zealand; the NZ premiere of Trolleys; Kiss The Sky in its premiere and national tour; the role of Orpheus in the premiere of Michael Parmenter’s OrphEus – a dance opera; and most recently in the premiere of Matariki for Tamariki. 2019 is Carl’s seventh year with NZDC and has seen him tour New Zealand in Kiss The Sky and most recently in the premiere of Matariki for Tamariki.

(Photo by John McDermott; taken from Sigan as part of Kiss The Sky)