Exploring the openness of movement, the Innate series are process-driven works to take us into new spaces of discovery, disruption and connectedness.

NZDC proudly presents the Innate series. These exciting new residencies see the company collaborate with a diverse range of New Zealand choreographers to forge new synergies between artists, spaces, and communities. Each distinct work aims to provoke and discover—what is dance? How we do respond to the now?

Taking place throughout 2021, NZDC joined with Claire O’Neil, Joshua Faleatua, Katrina Bastian, Josie Archer and Kosta Bogoiveski for the first Innate works.

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A process-driven contemporary dance occupation of Monster Valley shop front on Auckland’s infamous K Road, this work by Josie Archer and Kosta Bogoievski celebrates the ‘making’ and ‘doing’ as a product itself. The performance scores, text and brainstorms are all part of the work as dance and choreography develops. 

See details below to stop by and see what’s taking shape:

'Let’s talk shop'

Dates: 8-26 March 2021
Location: Monster Valley, 74 Karangahape Rd, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

Hours: Weekdays 10am-5pm

Open Studio: Thursday 18 & 25 March, 3:30-5pm

To view the digital scrapbook and dive into the creative process, visit the link below

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Combining dance and filmmaking, Fale is working alongside us to uncover richness at the intersection of movement and digital storytelling. As a NZDC ‘sustained residency’, Fale joins us at various moments throughout 2021 for ongoing collaboration and content creation.

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Using research and play, Claire investigates the depths of the physical as well as exploring outside and beyond the expected. A new NZDC ‘sustained residency’, Claire joins us throughout 2021 for ongoing engagement and exchanges.

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I am… do I hug you, or not?

On Friday 3rd December/ Freedom Day (as some were calling it) NZDC invited a few people join us in an activation of the Wellesley Studios carpark. We marked this liminal, awkward, and confusing transition from lockdown to traffic lights through a series of fun, task-like games. NZDC had spent a week ‘rehearsing’ going back, readying the nervous system for the transition to the new ‘normal.’ This was a participatory sharing of some of the games and tasks we’d been playing - processing and integrating this moment of in-between-ness.

In order to make this event accessible to unvaccinated folks we shared this activation in small groups of four.

This Innate Series allows NZDC to engage with and provide opportunities and resources to artists and creators. In order to continue this programme, we need your support. Consider making a donation to the Innate Series.


Other Works Whakaaturanga

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Join us for ‘Whenua’, a new double bill program showcasing unique and brilliant creative voices from Aotearoa New Zealand.


This playful site-specific dance/theatre work created by Arts Laureate Ross McCormack considers the reverence we place on objects housed within formal spaces such as art galleries, museums and libraries and our behaviour in relationship to the conventions of these buildings.

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The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) returned to the ASB Waterfront Theatre to premiere Stage of Being, a thrilling double bill celebration of choreographic voices from Aotearoa’s Sāmoan and Chinese dance makers.

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NZDC at 10

To mark ten years of The New Zealand Dance Company, we’re releasing a series of limited edition photographic prints for purchase, captured by long-time company photographer John McDermott.

Matariki For Tamariki

A Matariki journey through stars, sea, mountains and moon for the whole whānau.