The New Zealand Dance Company proudly presents Night Light

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