2020

THIS FRAGILE
PLANET

The Conch | Ross McCormack

The New Zealand Dance Company and The Conch with Auckland Live proudly present This Fragile Planet

Inspired by the delicacy of our ecosystems, our effect on mother earth, and the beauty of art and nature intertwining, This Fragile Planet explores the strength of intergenerational democracy and the power of regeneration across the natural world.

In this dance theatre work of “artivism”, created by a collaboration between The New Zealand Dance Company (Artistic Director Shona McCullagh) and The Conch (Directors Nina Nawalowalo and Tom McCrory) with choreography by Ross McCormack, a cast of Aotearoa’s finest dancers, actors and singers embody the cycles of life on this earth through a profound montage of shared humanity and its endless ability to persevere through trial and tribulation.

Audiences are guided into this perpetual journey rooted in imagination, wonder, and love, and walk back into the present day with a renewed spirit of empowerment and connection, knowing that we are our ancestors’ wildest dreams.

With thanks to Malia Johnston (Movement of the Human) and Julie Nolan (Red Leap Theatre) for early development of this work.

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""I was left with was not one of doom, but one of wonder and warmth where humanity and nature exist as one, with the potential for redemption""

Cynthia Lam
Theatre Scene



2020 PREMIERE SEASON

Auckland
Auckland Live Fringe Town
Town Hall
Tuesday, 25 February 2020 at 7:00pm
Wednesday 26 February 2020 at 11:00am & 7:00pm

Hamilton
Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival
Rhododendron Lawn
Sunday, 1 March 2020 at 11:00am & 2:00pm


REVIEWS

“It is alive right to the fingertips and toe tips of these generous consummate swirling dancers”

Felicity Molloy, Theatreview

READ IT HERE

"...a snapshot of human nature, desire, power and failure" 

The Pantograph Punch

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"I wrote the word ‘epic’ at the end of the performance" 

Cynthia Lam, Theatre Scenes

“the collaboration of artists in this work of ‘artivism’ brings its own message of reconciliation and co-operation, and the creative power of art.” 

Debbie Bright, Theatreview


CREATIVE TEAM

Co-Directors
Nina Nawalowalo & Tom McCrory of The Conch

Choreographer
Ross McCormack

Sound Designer/Composer
John Gibson

Set & Costume Designer
Rona Ngahuia Osborne

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