NZDC has a mission to bring high-calibre contemporary dance performances to schools across the beautiful Tāmaki Makaurau region. Since 2016, the Company has engaged students with exciting and magical by commissions by diverse choreographers. Students and teachers alike love and find inspiration from our high energy programme every year.

‘‘I really love your dance moves and I can't wait to see you guys next year! You guys are awesome. Thumbs up!’’

Student from Glen Brae School

Matariki for Tamariki by Sean MacDonald

A celebration for the whole family, Sean brings to life a world where a band of players, a group of friends, and a whānau travel throughout Aotearoa and its landscape of lush ngahere (forests), mighty maunga (mountains), and majestic moana (oceans), encountering the flora and fauna through seasonal changes. The journey begins and ends through the setting and rising of the Matariki whetū (star) cluster.

Along the way, the performers inhabit the wairua (spirit) of each of the nine whetū of Matariki and through their adventures use the power and meaning of karakia (prayer), ritual, waiata (song) and whakapapa (lineage) to plant the seeds of new beginnings for hope of the future ahead.

Sean’s majestic choreography paired with evocative costume and set design by Rona Ngahuia Osborne as well as spectacular sound design by Alistair Deverick will leave kids and “kidaults” alike filled with joy and gratitude for the whenua (land) we call home.

Collide by Mia Mason

Mia Mason’s Collide is as the name suggested, a beautiful duet that expresses a tender, yet powerful collision between two lovers. She paints a story that is familiar to us all, a story of love, its sweet and bitterness, and the complex chemistry it projects.

Awesome Robots by Lucy Marinkovich

Inspired by the concept of Afrofuturism and Ethiopian dance from Eskista, Awesome Robots draws from the distinct characteristics of science-fiction and technology to trigger the audience’s limitless imagination. Complimented by Lucien Johnson’s rhythmic, electronic soundtrack Tone Science, Lucy’s work demonstrates polyrhythmic patterns that mimic the mechanical movements of a robot and is super fun for young audiences to enjoy.

Kaleidoscope by Sean MacDonald

Celebrating beautiful landscapes inspired from New Zealand landscape painting by Don Binney, Colin McCahon and Rita Angus. Sean MacDonald creates an imaginative world where a band of movers travel through forests, mountains, beaches and valleys expressed through contemporary dance.

Blue Ink by Chrissy Kokiri

Fascinated by the movement of the octopus, Chrissy created a duet that reflects the complexity of this creature and its habits. Rhythm, pulse, sensation…Chrissy elicits all of this in a palpable way through her choreography that leaves you wanting more.

Save Mart by Taniora Motutere

Using a simple idea of costumes as props, Taniora playfully explores in three different solos what happens when these pieces of clothing become the central focus of his dancing. His smooth grooves and polished moves can’t help but make you smile while you’re watching Save Mart.

The Game of Go by Xin Ji

NZDC dancer Xin JI was commissioned to make his first professional work based on an ancient Chinese board game. The work featured helium balloons and the use of microphones and speakers to enhance a language created by the dancers where their sounds drove the choreography. Costuming was a large part of the work as the use of black costumes for two dancers and white costumes for the other two dancers represented the pieces used in this ancient game. This special work directly drew from Xin’s culture and connected easily with young audiences.

Good to be Alive by Tupua Tigafua

This upbeat ensemble piece was created with the intention of bringing joy to audiences. With infectious Samoan music and distinct cultural influences from Tupua's Samoan heritage such as musicality, dynamic and rhythmic inflections, gestural language and more, Good to be Alive is one of our most popular works within in the Tāmaki Tour programme.

Five Solos by Tupua Tigafua

Five interlinking solos, created on dancer Chris Ofanoa, are unmistakably Samoan drawing from Tupua's cultural influences. Daring footwork, gestural language, narrative stories and acute musicality were hallmarks of these solos.

The Adventures of Xin by Ashleigh Perriot

Xin is unique.
Xin doesn't give up.
Xin is happy.
Be like Xin and you will be happy too.

This three-part dance comedy gives us a slice of Xin's impressive life, with an undercurrent that questions success, individuality and happiness.

Just Say Hi by Tupua Tigafua,

Just Say Hi is a humourous duet to Harry McClintock’s famous American folk song “Hallelujah! I’m a Bum.” Light-heartedly reflecting on a life of struggle and judgment that comes hand in hand with being a lonely homeless person … unless someone takes the time to just say hi.

A Murmuration by Bianca Hyslop

A Murmuration is a living work that serves as a reminder of the extraordinary movements in life. Bianca draws inspiration from the patterns she observes in nature, from scientific cosmologies to the ever-changing swirl of bird formations. The work is layered with ideas that contemplate the natural phenomena of human physiology and the beauty in motion and seeks to evoke a deeper sense of unification.

Shadow Orbit by Scott Ewen

"We are often defined by our contrasting characteristics: spontaneous and calculated, calm and neurotic, jealous and proud, and greedy and generous." In this work, Scott experiments with the idea of good and bad and invites the audience to realise the lightness and darkness in the decisions they choose to make.

Tracked by Omea Geary

The core ideas in “Tracked” explore three independent individuals moving through assorted pathways yet in a shared unison rhythm, created by the dancers. The trio’s trajectory moves through a journey resulting in a deconstructed form. The composer’s, James Risbey, involvement in creating the track allowed for the soundscape to be heavily influential during the creation process resulting in a highly integrated environment for viewers. I encourage the audience to let go of the entrancing nature of this work.

Brouhaha by Malia Johnston

Brouhaha means “much fuss about nothing”. When a drop of water falls into a pool, the ripple effect it can cause is big — “little drop, big effect”. Choreographed by Malia Johnston for The New Zealand Dance Company as part of their highly acclaimed show Lumina, with original music by Eden Mulholland.

Tupua’s Solo

A boy who’s a dreamer leaves home and imagines a world full of fantasy and magic. Music by Vivaldi.

influences of chainge by Joshua Cesan

influences of chainge is choreographed by Joshua Cesan with original music by Andrew Cesan, Joshua Faleatua, Magnetic Man, and Hellion.

Do you control your future, or do these guys?

Ghost Dance by Tupua Tigafua

Choreographed by The New Zealand Dance Company’s Tupua Tigafua and this work was first performed by our Just Bros Youth Company in 2015. Performed to a classical track, Vivaldi’s Oboe Concerto in C Major, this delightful family of ghosts stick together whilst moving with the waves of life (or afterlife!) with each other’s taunts and teases.