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WHENUA

National Tour

The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) presents WHENUA, — a captivating double bill, showcasing unique creative voices from Aotearoa New Zealand. Direct from sold-out performances across Europe , WHENUA returns home, poised to awaken our imaginations and vibrate our senses.

In ‘Imprint’, renowned choreographer Malia Johnston (Movement Of The Human) has created a bold new work in collaboration with celebrated indigenous artist Rodney Bell (Ngāti Maniapoto). They present mahi that explores our relationships with each other, the etchings of our collective experience and how our shared impressions feed into place. ‘Imprint’ thoughtfully engages the twin talents of sound designer Eden Mulholland and digital designer Rowan Pierce — who deliver an organic canvas that amplifies the diverse kinetic performance response. ‘Imprint’s’ bravely emotive foundation is balanced with an enchanting landscape that collectively presents exquisite and daring stagecraft.

Alongside ‘Imprint’, Eddie Elliott’s (Ngāti Maniapoto) 'Uku - Behind the Canvas', makes for a triumphant return following rave reviews in 2022.

Elliott’s strong voice for tangata whenua is expressed through confronting storytelling at its most raw. Using elements rooted in Te Ao Māori and kapa haka, Elliott’s vision is alive with cultural heritage and visceral personal experiences transmitted authentically and deeply through his movement vocabulary.

WHENUA is courageous choreography from Aotearoa’s national contemporary dance company. Its exuberance in exploring our relationship with land is matched by an unbridled physicality that weaves together stories of our shared humanity alongside our sense of place.

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WHENUA NEW ZEALAND TOUR

Wellington
Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts

Tāwhiri Warehouse
8 & 9 March 2024

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Tauranga
Baycourt Community and Arts Centre
4 April 2024

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Auckland
Q Theatre 
11 & 12 April

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WHENUA EUROPEAN TOUR

Den Hagg, Holland
Holland Dance Festival
Theatre Aan Het Spui
9, 10 & 11 Feb 2024

Drachten, Holland
Schouwburg De Lawei
14 Feb 2024

Utretch, Holland
Stadsschouwburg
16 Feb 2024

Hengelo, Holland
Schouwburg
21 Feb 2024

Aachen, Germany
Schrittmacher Festival

Stahlbau Strang
23, 24 & 25 Feb 2024


Creative Team

Imprint 

Choreography
Malia Johnston & Rodney Bell

Composition
Eden Mulholland

AV, Spatial & Lighting Design
Rowan Pierce 

Uku – Behind the Canvas

Choreography & Composition
Eddie Elliott

Composition
Alistair Deverick
Jason Wright

Lighting Design
Jo Kilgour

Costume & Set Design
Rona Ngahuia Osborne

2024 Dancers- Premiere Season

Katie Rudd
Brydie Colquhoun
Eddie Elliott
Kosta Bogoievski
Bianca Hyslop
Jeremy Beck
‘Isope ‘Akau’ola


2022 Dancers Uku - Behind the Canvas

Brydie Colquhoun
Carl Tolentino
Chrissy Kokiri
Ngaere Jenkins
Toa Paranihi
Xin Ji

2021 Dancers Uku - Behind the Canvas

Amit Noy
Carl Tolentino
Chrissy Kokiri
Katie Rudd
Ngaere Jenkins
Toa Paranihi

2020 Dancers Uku - Behind the Canvas

Carl Tolentino
Chrissy Kokiri
Katie Rudd
Ngaere Jenkins
Toa Paranihi
Xin Ji

Imprint 2024

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