The New Zealand Dance Company proudly presents Night Light

Regrettably, due to the current COVID-19 situation in Aotearoa, The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) has arrived at the heartbreaking decision of having to cancel the spring national tour of Night Light in 2021.

Originally set to premiere in Auckland, Whangarei and Christchurch last year, Night Light was just days out from its Auckland premiere when the August 2020 COVID-19 lockdown forced cancellation of the sold-out Tāmaki Makaurau season.

The Company are devastated that the recent outbreak of the Delta variant has necessitated a second cancellation of the full national tour but remain committed to presenting the works as soon as possible.

Information for ticketholders:

Ticketholders who purchased from ASB Waterfront Theatre

We are working on rescheduling the Auckland season of Night Light to a later date. ASB Waterfront Theatre will be in contact by email in the coming days with your ticket options.

At this moment you do not need to do anything. As you can imagine the box office at ASB Waterfront is fielding a large number of requests and they greatly appreciate your patience.

Ticketholders who purchased from Ticketmaster
Ticketholders are advised to hold on to their tickets and will be contacted over the coming days.

Online tickets will automatically be refunded. For any tickets purchased in person and once COVID-19 alert levels allow, ticketholders are advised to return to the point of sale to receive their full refund. Eventfinda will be in contact with ticketholders to advise them of the refund when processed for online orders.

All purchased tickets will receive a full refund. Tickets purchased online by credit or debit card (including Afterpay) will be refunded in full (including ticket insurance premium, if relevant). Patrons should allow up to 30 working days for the refund to appear in their account. There is no need to contact Ticketek.

If your credit or debit card has been permanently closed/cancelled or the card has expired, please contact Ticketmaster in order to process your refund.

Patrons who purchased tickets at an agency will receive a full refund to a bank account, upon the provision of bank account details once COVID-19 alert levels allow.

The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) invites you to indulge your senses in a complementary double bill by two dynamic New Zealand choreographers who bring to life an ancient sequence of nature and an environment that exists between fiction and reality.

The Fibonacci by newly appointed NZDC co-Artistic Director Tor Colombus premieres in Auckland as “a dreamy terracotta performance” (Nexus) that explores energy pathways through dance, sound and place in relationship to the mathematical Fibonacci sequence. With a “movement vocabulary [that] is fluid and attractive, drifting effortlessly between the natural and the mechanical” (Theatreview), the work reveals a tapestry of pattern and form, which provokes a feeling of connection to something deeper than the detail of each individual action.

The world premiere of emerging Māori choreographer Eddie Elliott’s Uku – Behind the Canvas is a journey through the power of vulnerability and the strength within struggle. Eddie has something to say and reveals the complexity of his own human experience, drawing from the pūrākau (storytelling) held within Te Ao Māori interwoven with NZSL (New Zealand Sign Language) and inspiration from visual artist Andy Denzler. Anticipation and intensity are at the heart of riveting movement paired with cleansing uku (clay), which symbolises the relationship between Hineahuone and Tāne – where we’ve come from and where we will return.

From floating through time and space, observing nature’s mysterious golden spirals in Tor’s The Fibonacci to grounding down with feeling in Eddie’s Uku - Behind the Canvas where confronting storytelling is at its most raw, Night Light will leave you in awe of the talent and artistry brewing right here on our shores.

Originally scheduled to tour New Zealand in 2020, Night Light was just days away from a sold-out Auckland season when COVID-19 forced the cancellation of performances. This spring will see the full three-city tour go ahead as originally planned with performances in Auckland, Whangarei and Christchurch.

Note: This production uses haze and contains strong language.

We believe that everyone should have access to the joy that live performance brings, particularly in response to recent world events, so in an effort to break down cost as a barrier all tickets to Night Light are $25*.
*Ticketing fees may apply


ASB Waterfront Theatre
Friday, 3 September 2021 at 7:30pm
Saturday, 4 September 2021 at 7:30pm


Or call 0800 282 849


Forum North
Wednesday, 8 September 2021 at 7:30pm



James Hay Theatre
Thursday, 16 September 2021 at 7:30pm


NIght Light || Highlights

“NZDC is abundant with highly creative movement, emotion, flow and strength. Contemporary dance at its finest.”

Jordan Lahood, Theatreview

Creative Team

The Fibonacci

Tor Colombus

Sound & Spatial Designer
Rowan Pierce

Lighting Designer
Jo Kilgour

Costume Designer
Elizabeth Whiting

The Fibonacci was co-commissioned by NZDC and the Festival of Colour.

The creation of The Fibonacci was supported by the Susan Paterson Memorial Choreographic Commission, generously made possible by Jane Vesty, Brian Sweeney and Greg Fahey of SweeneyVesty.

Uku - Behind The Canvas

Choreographer & Composer
Eddie Elliott

Alistair Deverick

Jason Wright

Lighting Designer
Jo Kilgour

Costume & Set Designer
Rona Ngahuia Osborne

Mātanga Mātauranga Māori
Tūī Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield