2017

If Never
Was Now

Stephanie Lake

Stephanie Lake’s If Never was Now is a surreal hive of buzzing activity reflecting the beauty and brutality of the natural world through "…moments of darkness, violent aggression, frustration with chaos amongst playfulness”(Theatreview). Somewhere in the future, but also with a feeling that it’s right at the beginning, Lake, who is one of the world’s most innovative choreographers, allows room for ambiguity with the contrast of the digital and robotic world paired against the biological and natural.

If Never was Now was presented in the program Kiss The Sky

The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) forges its stellar national and international reputation for powerful contemporary dance with its first national tour of Kiss The Sky, “a diverse magical experience” that “grabs your attention from start to finish” (DANZ).

Artistic Director Shona McCullagh showcases an Asia-Pacific constellation of dance, original music, and design, reflecting on the themes of nature and time.

Kiss The Sky combines the high-octane physicality of Korean choreographer and composer KIM Jae Duk in his work Sigan; the vibrant aesthetic of New Zealand’s Victoria Colombus in her world premiere work The Fibonacci with the powerhouse choreography of renowned Stephanie Lake in the eccentric and imaginative If Never Was Now for “an evening of sensory indulgence” (Theatreview).

With design by Jo Kilgour (lighting), Ben (Bosco) Shaw (lighting), Elizabeth Whiting (costume), Andrew Treloar (costume), Rachael Walker (set) and Robin Fox (composer) the exceptional ”versatility, virtuosity and artistry” from the high-calibre NZDC dancers and “excellence of the design and production teams” (NZ Herald) Kiss The Sky will leave you dreaming for more.

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"Well-polished performance is complemented compositionally with excellent production design for an evening of sensory indulgence."

Raewyn Whyte
NZ Herald



2019 NATIONAL TOUR

Wellington
The Opera House
Wednesday, 1 May 2019 at 7:30pm

New Plymouth
TSB Showplace
Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 7:30pm

Nelson
Theatre Royal
Thursday, 9 May 2019 at 7:30pm

Hamilton
Clarence St Theatre
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 at 7:30pm


2018 INTERNATIONAL TOUR

Bruges, BELGIUM
December Dance International Festival
Concertgebeouw Brugge
Saturday, 15 December 2018

La Louvière, BELGIUM
C'est Central
Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
Théâtre de la Ville Luxembourg
Friday, 21 December 2018


2017 PREMIERE SEASON

Auckland
Bruce Mason Centre
Thursday, 29 June 2017 at 7:30pm
Friday, 30 June 2017 at 12:30pm
Friday, 30 June 2017 at 7:30pm
Saturday, 1 July 2017 at 4:00pm

"abundant with highly creative movement, emotion, flow and strength. 
Contemporary dance at its finest.”


REVIEWS

"Both choreographies were exciting, exhausting, exhilarating – and world class"

Otago Daily Times

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"…it is impossible to tear your eyes away from the energy building, rising and falling, until the inky end."

Alana Dixon-Calder, Theatreview

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"Breath-taking moments draw gasps from the audience as movement, light and sound are tightly integrated."

Lynn Pringle, Stuff


CREATIVE TEAM

Choreographer
Stephanie Lake

Composer
Robin Fox

Lighting Designer
Ben (Bosco) Shaw

Costume Designer
Andrew Treloar

2019 Dancers
Carl Tolentino
Chris Clegg
Chrissy Kokiri
Katie Rudd
Ngarae Jenkins
Xin Ji

2018 Dancers
Carl Tolentino
Chrissy Kokiri
Christina Guieb
Emily Adams
Katie Rudd
Lucy Lynch
Xin Ji

2017 Dancers
Breanna Timms
Carl Tolentino
Chrissy Kokiri
Emily Adams
Katie Rudd
Lucy Lynch
Xin Ji

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