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NZ Dance Company to present 'Rotunda'

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Following The New Zealand Dance Company’s triumphant return to Auckland’s ASB Theatre and victorious inaugural North Island tour with their debut production Language of Living last month, the company is now proud to announce their exciting new season ROTUNDA launching in Auckland at Q Theatre this spring.

ROTUNDA is The New Zealand Dance Company’s first full-length work directed by Artistic Director Shona McCullagh, choreographed with The New Zealand Dance Company and created in collaboration with celebrated singer, songwriter and composer Don McGlashan as Musical Director.

Exquisitely unique in its presentation, the world of ROTUNDA brings eight dancers and twenty-five brass band players together on the eve of change and crisis. It questions what binds us together as people, and brings to life the world of the band rotunda, an iconic symbol of community.

"The creation is timed to coincide with the 2014 - 2018 ANZAC Centenary; marking 100 years since New Zealand’s involvement in the First World War and commemorating those who have fought and served in all wars, conflicts and peace operations over this time. We wanted to honour the themes of loyalty, courage, loss and hope with a contemporary work that will touch a wide audience. The collision of powerful live brass with the beauty and strength of the dancers creates a potent space for creating new connections to dance" says Artistic Director, Shona McCullagh.

As the dancers’ stories weave together we go to the heart of crisis, where sacrifice and courage are played out to the stunning contemporary brass music of Gareth Farr, John Ritchie, Edward Elgar and Don McGlashan, woven with traditional hymns. The performers are a community whose lives are changed by a seminal time in our nation’s history, but the work also references contemporary culture where conflict, both political and personal, still challenges us.

"There is something in the voice of the brass band, which carries the emotional weight of a community’s joys and sorrows. Hope, aspiration, and loss are things that bind us together as a nation, but which we often find so difficult to express. The social landscape within the Rotunda, as an increasingly lonely ornamental focal point, has both flourished and declined. Our raw, new movement revitalises this space and makes the Rotunda alive again" says McCullagh.

Quite simply Rotunda is about the very beautiful and cathartic moment in which we speak of who we are and what we have lost and gained.

This is the company’s first staging at Q theatre, with a gorgeously transformative set designed by Joe Bleakley, costuming by Jane Holland and lighting by Paul O’Brien, Rotunda is an innovative and heartfelt production from this exciting new company - not to be missed!

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