2013 Publications

Review: Knock, Knock by the Dust Palace
for Theatreview published on 13 December 2013
Frothily entertaining R16 must-share show
Eight distinctly different acts comprise the show, each hidden behind its own painted door, and collectively guarded by a good-natured gendarme (Ash Jones) who wields the pole of fate. The running order is decided by the sequence of door knocking engaged in by audience members, and the utterly unpredictable individual acts serve up rollicking fun interlaced with fabulously impressive aerial feats nonchalantly performed.   Read the review

Review: Keep/Self by BackLit Productions and Flux Productions
for Theatreview  published on 20 November 2013
Meaningful encounters and gentle social commentary
KEEP is choreographed by Georgie Goater, Shannon Mutu and Tracey Purcell from Backlit, and carries a message about our social responsibility for the health of the earth. Presentable SELF, choreographed by Serene Lorimer from Flux, is all playful wit and charm, a somewhat tongue-in-cheek series of tactical interpersonal encounters and costume changes illustrating some ways to exploit societal norms of self-presentation for our own purposes.

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BookSprint – copy editing and final proofreading
Mining Contracts: How to Read and Understand Them (Nov 2013)

An international team of fifteen people, including lawyers, mining engineers, watchdog groups, and two ministers of extractive industries, came together in Baltimore USA  to write an e-book that would help stakeholders, including the general public, enter into conversations with the mining industry and influence them. The Sprint was supported by World Bank, Revenue Watch, International League of Senior Lawyers, Columbia University Vale Law Center, OpenOil and facilitated by Book Sprints. Read or download the guide from http://www.resourcecontracts.org/blog/guides-to-contract-terminology.html

Review: Pacific Dance Choreolab 2013
for Theatreview published on 3 November 2013
Distinctive voices, sources, movement and styling
By contrast, Nikki Upolo’s Vaine Toa is a rapidly moving, brightly lit, upbeat blend of Cook Islands cultural forms and contemporary dance structuring set to a recorded musical collage. ..  a subtle blending in of street and contemporary dance movements, and some refreshingly bold fragmentation of the traditional phrasing, frontality and spatial patterning. The end result is a new dance that is most definitely of this current time and place, and one which certainly reveals the stated themes — the inner strength of women, and women as the backbone of their people.   Read the review 

Review: Tempo Dance Festival 2013 closing weekend (Kaha, Prime, Pacific Dance Triple Bill, Same, same, different)
Published in NZ Herald 21 October 2013
Polished show closes dance festival
The closing weekend of Tempo 2013 saw capacity audiences for seven shows ranging from the uber-popular Out of the Box long-form hip hop showcase, to a sampling of dances created and performed by high school dance students, new works in progress from emerging choreographers, and a sampling from current touring works by Atamira Dance Company, just returned from their first American foray.
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Review: Fatu na Toto
For Theatreview published 14 October 2013
Samoan dance theatre a moving experience
siva, fa’a taupati and taualuga are staged in ways which honour the requirements for men and women to dance in their own separate spaces. Subtle contemporary variations are very cleverly woven into the movement vocabulary and interaction patterns of the choreography to indicate the continuing adjustment of traditional forms and values in the New Zealand social context, and the passing of time from the 1950s to the present.
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Review: Footnote Dance Made In New Zealand 2013 : Colt 
For Theatreview published 12 October 2013
Consummate artistry wins ovation
Throughout the show, the white dance floor glows as if lit from within, and appears to float in space, some kind of other-worldly arena. It hangs there amidst haze which suffuses light as and takes on slowly changing hues. The wonderful lighting (by Jen Lal). ..creates a sympathetic environment for the rolling series of vignettes and ever-changing configurations of dancers. The glorious music by Eden Mulholland is another significant partner in the ever changing performance environment… hinting at strange connections, and ranging from pulsing contrapuntal glitchy blocks to circling, cyling harmonics, from thundering, sonorous pipe organ to faint wisps of subtle theremin, grooving dubstep to discordant avant jazz piano.   Read the review

Review: Tempo Dance Festival Days 1 &2 – Tuakana PURE, Fresh, and Fault Lines
For NZ Herald published on Saturday 12 October 2013
Dance works hold mirror to our lives
The capacity of dance to offer insight into our lives was foregrounded in the first 48 hours of Tempo 2013, with works exploring love, grief, lynching, the transformation of traditional cultural forms, the satisfactions to be found in distraction, the delights of body percussion, and human resilience.   Read the review 

Feature/Preview article: Tempo Dance Festival 2013
For NZ Herald published on Saturday 5 October 2013

Review: Rotunda – The NZ Dance Company
For Theatreview Published 31 August 2013
Virtual rotunda unites modern dance and brass band music
The work draws on recollections of the daily Kiwi experience during the early twentieth century war years, the Boer War and World War 1, translating them into extended sequences of dance. Much of the movement is referential, drawing on real life sources such as mace manipulation,  military drilling, marching, pacing, the thrust of a bayonet, semaphore, statue poses, Edwardian social dancing, mateship, etiquette. Movement sequences,  collaboratively developed under the direction of choreographer Shona McCullagh, intermix the referential movement with modern dance staples – leaps and slides, curving turns, rolls, falls and lifts, running in circles – plus infusions of comedy, grief, melodrama, frustration, anger, bathos.
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Review: The Royal NZ Ballet in Swan Lake with principal dancers  Gillian Murphy and Qi Huan  
For Theatreview published on 18 August 2013
Principals superb, matched by impressive dancing all round
The much anticipated pairing of principal dancers Gillian Murphy and Qi Huan was not scheduled til the final major centre for this tour, Auckland, at the grand Civic Theatre.  And just as they were superb partners in Giselle, they are again superb here. Gillian Murphy’s finesse and artistry is seen to the full in her beautiful, delicate, feathery, soaring swan maiden Odette, and her steely, triumphant mesmerizing evil twin Odile. She deeply fulfills all the technical and emotional challenges of the joint roles, while providing the requisite counterfoils and moving the plotline forward through her interactions…  Read the review

Review: The Royal NZ Ballet in Swan Lake with guest leads Ty King-Wall and Amber Scott 
For Theatreview Published 22 August 2013
Iconic moments splendidly performed
In their New Zealand debuts, Australian Ballet principal dancers Ty King-Wall and Amber Scott provide beautifully complementary performances as guest stars in the roles of Prince Siegfried and Odette/Odile, ably fulfilling the work’s bravura demands… King-Wall’s partnering is sensitive to Scott’s needs, providing the room she needs to manouevre and assert her sense of self, and fulfilling the iconic moments when she is raised high above his head in a series of soaring lifts which declare his love for her regardless of their joint fate; dipping her almost to the floor in the swan dive; and gliding in behind to provide support when (as Odile) she begins to tire in the famous fouettes.
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Keynote Address:  From Inland to Rogue – a decade of New Zealand dance development at Dancing Critically: Pedagogy, Performance, Praxis –  TDENNZA Research Conference July 2013, University of Waikato. Paper to be published in due course.

Journal paper: Raewyn Whyte with Liz Melchior and Sue Cheesman – Looking back: dance education in schools  in Dance Research Aotearoa Vol 1, No 1, 2013 p86-111

Review: Okareka Dance Company in K’ Road Strip: A place to stand
For  NZ Herald published 14 June 2013
Cabaret a whirlwind salute to K’ Road
Okareka Dance Company’s fast-paced gay cabaret K’ Rd Strip presents a whirlwind salute to the rich history of Karangahape Rd in 21 scenes. Hape’s karanga to his brothers on the newly arrived Tainui canoe opens the show, and a haka for all who have shared the K’ Rd experience closes it.  In between there are scenes of day and night life, a handful of ghosts and long-term inhabitants, and mercurial shifts of gender identity.   Read the review

Feature/Preview article – K’ Road Strip: A place to stand 2013
For NZ Herald published 8 June 2013
Article: The street where you live: Auckland street’s notoriety brought to life in dance
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Review:  YouDance festival 2013 
Commissioned by NZ Herald and published 10 June 2013
Students put best feet forward with own festival works
Dance is alive and well in Auckland’s high schools, judging by the creativity, commitment and polished performance given to the 41 dances presented by teenagers in this year’s You Dance Festival. This was an opportunity to show the way their high school dance courses have been developing their abilities, and what they have learned about making dances of their own
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Preview Article: You Dance  – the second annual Auckland youth dance festival 
Commissioned by NZ Herald and ublished 31 May 2013
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Preview article: The best and the brightest
Commissioned by NZ Herald and published 18 May 2013
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Feature interview: Taking Chances, Making Choices – Ross McCormack 
Commissioned by DANZ Quarterly Published:  Issue 31 – April 2013, pages 8-9
Interview with Kiwi dancer/choreographer Ross McCormack about current projects and his plans to relocate from Belgium to NZ to establish his own dance company.

Review: Virtuosi – dance film by Sue Healey for Auckland Arts Festival 
Published in NZ Herald 21 March 2013
Eloquent and beautiful dance documentary
Each person displays some of the New Zealand objects which mean the most to them, and a favourite room in their homes, and each muses on the ways in which New Zealand has influenced their development as an artist and person.
The most exquisite footage is the extraordinarily eloquent sequences of each of them dancing a solo in the city (or cities) where they live now, with beautiful music by Australia-based Kiwi musician Mike Nock.   Read the review

Review: LEO – based on an original idea by performer Tobias Wegner, directed by Daniel Brière for Circle of Eleven (Germany)for  Auckland Arts Festival 2013
For Theatreview published 20 March 2013
Simple Devices Create Rich Illusions
LEO is a marvelous production that makes no attempt to disguise the illusory mechanisms on which it relies, yet seduces you within a minute or so into its doppelganger worlds which coexist at 90 degrees to each other, with a great deal of the seduction due to the marvelous performance by the agile, physically adept Tobias Wegner.    Read the review

Review: HOU by Atamira Dance Company for Auckland Arts Festival 2013
Published in NZ Herald 14 March 2013
Adrenalin saturates dance mix
Running just over 14 minutes, and maintaining an aerobically punishing pace, Paarua Double Contact investigates moments of sporting competition and martial combat when split-second, instinctive decisions occur – and in particular those moments when the desire to win eclipses conscious thought.   Read the review

Review: Fringe dance offerings delicate, fierce and funny
Commissioned by NZ Herald published 1 March 2013
Review of: Echolalia by Jen McArthur/Kallo Collective AND Rifleman’s Double Bill –  Terrain and Amanimal by Rifleman Productions in Week 2 of Auckland Fringe Festival 2013.  Read the review

Review: Auckland Fringe Festival 2013 – dance in Week 1
Commissioned by NZ Herald and published 22 Feb 2013
Review of : How to Make Friends and Still Remain Normal by Black Sheep Productions AND An Unfortunate Willingness to Agree by Salted:Singlet in Week 1 of Auckland Fringe Festival 2013.   Read the review

Review: The Wet Hot Beauties in Swan Song
Published in Dance tabs (UK) 20 February 2013
Once in the water, their movement is carefully uniform but isn’t at all the kind of synchronised swimming seen in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. Rather, the carefully considered choreography (by Lara “Sandy Sealegs” Fischel-Chisholm) is mostly comprised of impeccably-timed, surging, forceful stepping that impels the performers through waist-high water in crisply defined formations – straight and curving lines, circles, diamonds and wedges, allowing them to move quickly but calmly from place to place without causing any splashing. When not moving about, the performers are immersed at matching depths, anywhere from waist deep to shoulder deep, simultaneously creating a wide array of decorative patterns with arms, heads and faces, rafting up to float in head-to-toe lines, or breaking out into groups of 6 to 10 to form clustered star and blossom shapes.
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Dance exponents (preview of dance in Auckland Fringe Festival 2013)
Published in NZ Herald 16 February 2013
If you are looking for adventurous, extraordinary and experimental dance performances, the Auckland Fringe Festival should be able to satisfy, stimulate and entertain you, with more than 15 productions to choose from.   Read the review

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