2016

Matter

Ross McCormack

Matter by Ross McCormack (Creative New Zealand’s 2015 Choreographic Fellow) “….is a total triumph of collaboration, light, sound, and ultimately… vision.” Paul Young (DANZ)

With set and choreography by McCormack, one of New Zealand’s finest and internationally acclaimed dance artists, the work features a surreal world of poles, appearing as spear-like plinths forcing the space apart. Created with an absurdist eye for detail, McCormack says “I am fascinated with how humans can bestow this importance and have almost cathartic experiences with seemingly benign objects.” In this highly anticipated theatrical work with a score by Jason Wright, questions of purpose, indecision, and environment are contemplated in a startling and powerful dystopian world.

Matter (…) is such an aesthetic and conceptual masterpiece, it cannot be recommended enough.” Makyla Curtis (Gay Express)

Matter was presented in the program The Absurdity of Humanity

Works by Ross McCormack (Matter) and Lina Limosani (Whispers from Pandora’s Box) are coupled to form a stage blazing trans-Tasman double bill that premiered to critical acclaim in Auckland in 2016.

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"In a brilliantly worded introduction, [The] New Zealand Dance Company leader, Shona McCullagh, eloquently articulates the purpose of both the company and this season of inventive contemporary dance. She deserves congratulations for her curatorial choices and passionate vision."

Lyne Pringle
The Dominion Post



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
Thèâtre de la Ville Luxembourg
Friday, 21 December 2018


2017 NATIONAL TOUR

New Plymouth
Tauranga Arts Festival
TSB Showplace
Sunday, 3 September 2017 at 6pm

Marlborough
ASB Theatre Marlborough
Sunday, 3 September 2017 at 7:30pm

Christchurch
Christchurch Arts Festival
Aurora Centre
Friday, 15 September 2017 at 7:30pm

Wellington
The Opera House
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 at 7:30pm


2016 PREMIERE SEASON

Auckland
Q Theatre
Wednesday, 24 August at 7:30pm
Thursday, 25 August at 7:30pm
Friday, 26 August at 7:30pm
Saturday, 27 August at 2pm
Saturday, 27 August at 7:30pm


REVIEWS

Finely tuned dancers take command of the stage; with crisp and assured execution of choreography that takes our imaginations into a dark absurdist realm.” 

Lyne Pringle, Dominion Post

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"hese choreographers do not merely employ but showcase the superb abilities of the dancers – their strength, flexibility, expression, and sensitivity."

Andrew Sheperd, Theatreview

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“This hour and a half left me breathless” 

Holly Shanahan, Theatreview

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“The Absurdity of Humanity is a powerful and compelling commentary on the human condition and it should not be missed.” 

NZ Herald

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“The world of Matter is a total triumph of collaboration, light, sounds, and ultimately… vision”

Paul Young, DANZ

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"In the end, it’s a ‘bloody’ good night out at the theatre watching stuff the rest of us can’t do but expect from high-end practitioners such as these"

Chris Jannides, Theatreview

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CREATIVE TEAM

Choreographer
Ross McCormack

Composer
Jason Wright

Lighting Designer
Jo Kilgour

Costume Designer
Vicki Slow

Stage Manager
Ashley Mardon (2017)
Lesley Bandy (2016)

Technical Operator
Jonny Cross

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

2017 Dancers
Bree Timms
Carl Tolentino
Chrissy Kokiri
Connor Masseurs
Emily Adams
Katie Rudd
Lucy Lynch
Xin Ji

2016
Bree Timms
Carl Tolentino
Chrissy Kokiri
Emily Adams
Katie Rudd
Lucy Lynch
Tupua Tigafua
Xin Ji

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