KIM Jae Duk

KIM Jae Duk’s quartet Sigan, commissioned for NZDC, draws from the dual themes of meditation and attack. A dynamic score created by Jae Duk himself features traditional Korean instruments: jang-gu (drum), kkwaenggwari (small gong) and jing (large gong) within a contemporary composition. The stunning dancers of NZDC shine Sigan, which is "...not only visually, but technically flawless" (DANZ).

Sigan 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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"Curationally [The] New Zealand Dance Company has raised the bar with Kiss the Sky. Well-polished performance is complemented compositionally with excellent production design for an evening of sensory indulgence."

Raewyn Whyte, NZ Herald


Toronto, CANADA
Fall for Dance North Festival
Sigan as part of Programme 1 - a signature mix of exceptional dance from Canada and around the world
Meridian Hall
Wednesday, 2 October 2019
Thursday, 3 October 2019

Ottawa, CANADA
National Arts Centre
Tuesday, 8 October2019
Wednesday, 9 October 2019


Bay of Islands
Upsurge Festival
Turner Centre
Tuesday, 2 April 2019 at 7:30pm

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

Festival of Colour
Lake Wanaka Centre
Saturday, 6 April 2019 at 7:30pm
Sunday, 7 April 2019 at noon

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

Southland Arts Festival
SIT Centrestage Theatre
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at 7:30pm

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

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


December Dance International Festival
Concertgobeouw Brugge
Saturday, 15 December 2018

La Louviere, BELGUIM
C'est Central
Tuesday, 18 December 2018

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


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."

Jordan Lahood, Theatreview


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

Chloe Klein, Theatreview


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

Lyne Pringle, Stuff

"The rousing cheers which greet the final bows are recognition of the versatility, virtuosity and artistry of NZ Dance Company dancers and the excellence of the design and production teams"

Raewyn White
The NZ Herald


KIM Jae Duk

Lighting Designer
Jo Kilgour

Costume Designer
Elizabeth Whiting

Set Designer
Rachael Walker

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

2018 Dancers
Carl Tolentino
Chrissy Kokiri
Katie Rudd
Xin Ji

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

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