The New Zealand Dance Company proudly presents Night Light

Unfortunately, and after much discussion and consideration, we’ve arrived at the position of having to cancel the Night Light season for 2020. This has been a heartbreaking decision to make, but with the rescheduling difficulties and the continued uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions, postponing the season to another date this year has not been possible. If you purchased your tickets online you will be refunded automatically and anyone else will be contacted by the ASB Waterfront Theatre ticketing team as soon as possible. This is a huge disappointment for everyone, but please know we have every intention of remounting and premiering this incredible programme in 2021. As always, kia kaha arohanui – stay safe and stay healthy.

In a year where live performance was once so abruptly taken away, NZDC is humbled to invite you back into the theatre for an evening of earthy contrast. 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.

Note: This production uses haze and contains partial nudity and strong language.


ASB Waterfront Theatre
Thursday, 13 August 2020 at 7:30pm - SOLD OUT
Friday, 14 August 2020 at 7:30pm -SOLD OUT

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

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Get a Ticket, Give a Ticket

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, but some have been more affected than others. NZDC’s “Get a Ticket, Give a Ticket” offering allows any ticket purchaser to finish their check out process by “gifting” a ticket to someone in need. Before your booking is complete, select the option of buying at least one $25 ticket on someone else’s behalf. NZDC will then manage subsidising tickets for artists, members of the community and students who may be struggling to attend the show otherwise.

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
Calvin Hudson

Costume & Set Designer
Rona Ngahuia Osborne

Mātanga Mātauranga Māori
Tūī Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield