Tupua Tigafua | Xiao Chao Wen/Xin Ji

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.

New Zealand-Chinese dance artist Xin Ji and his long-time collaborator, Beijing-based Xiao Chao Wen will explore how society influences our ability to discover and express our authentic selves. With music by Benny Jennings, Made in Them investigates whether or not we get to independently decide who we are, or if agency over our lives is shaped through the systems, people and objects that surround us.

In LittleBits and AddOns, founding NZDC member Tupua Tigafua will open up the world of a picturebook for dance.

Known for his provocative yet uplifting dance theatre, Tigafua is a storyteller who creates worlds that metaphorically express relevant messages to audiences, sharing unique stories of Aotearoa throughout New Zealand and around the world.

A fairy tale for all people and all times, with music composed by David Long, LittleBits and AddOns explores character types that are universally relatable and that give perspectives on the ordinary, the cyclical and the wonder of the human condition.

Stage of Being will share contrasting perspectives of identity, culture and place in a ferocious, graceful, poignant and whimsical double bill that reflects the beauty of our beingness and the diverse artistry represented in New Zealand contemporary dance.

Stage of Being is generously supported by the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

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"a production that opens the door to the next decade of contemporary dance"

Christopher Connolly


Friday 21 April at 7:30pm
Saturday 22 April at 7:30pm
ASB Waterfront Theatre


"A decade of boundary-breaking contemporary dance culminates in Stage of Being by The New Zealand Dance Company .... Past, present and future are all felt within Stage of Being and those lucky enough to have been there were witness to the beginning of a new era of The New Zealand Dance Company."

Christopher Connolly for DANZ

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“If contemporary dance exists to reflect our world back at us, Stage of Being is achieving that goal.”

Jenny Stevenson, Theatreview

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"... a masterful tale of uniformity, suffocation, and a desire to fit in”

Andrew Whiteside, andrewwhiteside.com

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Creative Team

Made in Them

Xin Ji & Xiao Chao Wen

Composition & Sound Design
Benny Jennings

Costume Design
Andreas Mikellis

Lighting Design
Elekis Poblete Teirney

LittleBits and AddOns

Tupua Tigafua

Composition & Sound Design
David Long

Costume Design
Andreas Mikellis

Lighting Design
Elekis Poblete Teirney

Katie Rudd
Ngaere Jenkins
Brydie Colquhoun
Chris Mills
‘Isope ‘Akau’ola
Oliver Carruthers