The NZ Dance Company heads to Australia for ANZAC Tribute

NZDC_Rotunda2013_Group Shot_Photo John McDermottThe New Zealand Dance Company’s Australasian tour of Rotunda – a tribute to the Centenary of the WW1 ANZAC landing at Gallipoli, will tour Australia throughout May. A unique production that received standing ovations at every performance last year at the Holland Dance Festival, Rotunda features the beautiful collision of a live brass band with the raw power of contemporary dance. The tour, featuring the New Zealand Army Band will perform in Adelaide, Melbourne, Parramatta and Geelong.

Created by the company’s Artistic Director and Arts Laureate Shona McCullagh in collaboration with NZDC dancers and celebrated singer, songwriter and composer Don McGlashan as Musical Director, Rotunda brings to life the world of the band rotunda as an iconic symbol of New Zealand community.

The bands bring to life the rich vein of contemporary brass music from New Zealand composers Gareth Farr, John Ritchie, John Psathas and Don McGlashan, woven together with traditional hymns to conjure the emotional landscape of a seminal time in our nation’s history.

Friday 01 May – Saturday 02 May Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
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Thursday 07 May – Saturday 09 May The Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne
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Wednesday 13 May – Saturday 16 May Parramatta Riverside Theatre, Sydney
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Thursday 21 May – Saturday 23 May Performing Arts Centre, Geelong
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Creative Team:
Director: Shona McCullagh
Musical Director: Don McGlashan
Choreography: Shona McCullagh in collaboration with the dancers
Dancers : Tupua Tigafua, Hannah Tasker-Poland, Lucy Lynch, Gareth Okan, Carl Tolentino, Chrissy Kokiri, Katie Rudd, Chris Ofanoa
Conductors : Captain Graham Hickman, Marc Taddei
Musicians: New Zealand Army Band; North Shore Brass
Composers: Don McGlashan, John Ritchie, Edward Elgar, Gareth Farr, Alex Lithgow, John Psathas, Johannes Brahms
Set Design: Joe Bleakley
Costume Design: Jane Holland
Lighting Design: Paul O’Brien
Dramaturgy: Michelanne Forster
Production Manager: Paul O’Brien