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20 April 2017 / News
In mid-May we return to the stage with the Royal New Zealand Ballet for repeat performances of Cacti by Alexander Ekman. If you experienced this high-energy dance work last year in the RNZB’s Speed of Light tour you’ll want to catch this year’s tour featuring not one but three works by this brilliant Swedish choreographer. All of the works showcase the hallmarks of Ekman’s style: exuberant and complex rhythms in which the dancers are at one with the music; a deep pleasure in the human interactions of dance; and witty, stylish staging.
We can't wait to be sharing the stage with the brilliant dancers of the Royal NZ Ballet again. We all use our bodies for our work, but in oh so different ways! We’re really excited to introduce Monique to their world and to discover the two new Alexander Ekman works.
If you watch this TV ad for the upcoming tour you’ll get a taste of what’s in store and you’ll even catch a glimpse of us if you look carefully!
The UK Express described Cacti as “a sophisticated, hugely enjoyable piece of theatre”, while the NZ Herald referred to the work’s “cheeky effervescence, irrepressible energy and beguiling wit.”
In this year’s Three by Ekman tour, Cacti will be performed alongside Tuplet, an intimate work for six dancers, and Episode 31, “a torrent of youthful vigour harnessing the energy of New York City”.
28 February 2018 / NewsAmerican pianist Diane Walsh will be in New Zealand in March 2018 and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to perform with her in concerts for Auckland University and Chamber Music Wanganui. Diane is a former prizewinner in the Ferruccio Busoni, Van Cliburn and Salzburg Mozart competitions and highlights of... Read More
28 February 2018 / NewsWe're delighted to be working with Rob Thorne for our NZ Festival performance of Te Ao Hou | This New World. Rob is a leading exponent of traditional Maori instruments (known as taonga pūoro or 'singing treasures') and is currently Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music. Read More
28 February 2018 / NewsWe’re super-excited to introduce the newest member of the NZSQ – an Amati viola, made in Cremona in 1619 by Nicolò Amati (1596-1684) and on indefinite loan to the New Zealand String Quartet. Our NZSQ violist Gillian Ansell has fallen in love with the instrument and says: Read More