We are proud to present a stunning perspective into the world of internationally acclaimed women dance makers in honour of the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand and our own 65th birthday. This evening of dance, inspired by significant anniversaries, will inspire memorable new works by celebrated contemporary choreographers from around the world.
Dance can tell stories that transcend language. As the national ballet company for a young country, the Royal New Zealand Ballet has from its earliest days created and commissioned works which resonate with audiences from our homeland, telling our own stories as well as those from abroad.
In recognition of this significant year in our company’s and our country’s histories, we are inspired by both our past, the great women who have contributed to our nation’s story, and by the many possibilities of dance making in the 21st century.
Join us for a programme of specially commissioned works from some of the world’s most exciting choreographers:
Sarah Foster-Sproull, from New Zealand, has worked with all of New Zealand’s major dance companies either as a dancer, choreographer or rehearsal director. Her work has been performed at festivals both locally and internationally. Sarah is currently a Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland and also teaches at Unitec and The New Zealand School of Dance.
Danielle Rowe is the Associate Artistic Director of SF Dance Works in San Francisco. She is a former principal artist with The Australian Ballet where she won the People’s Choice Award twice as well as a Helpmann Award in 2010. Danielle became a principal dancer at Houston Ballet before joining Nederlands Dans Theater in 2012 where she made her choreographic debut in 2015.
Penny Saunders is Choreographer in Residence at Grand Rapids Ballet and is a former member of Ballet Arizona, Cedar Lake Ensemble and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Penny won Hubbard Street’s International Commissioning Project in 2011 which launched her choreographic career and is the recipient of the New York City Ballet Choreographic Commissions Initiative and Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship.
Andrea Schermoly is the former director of the contemporary department at The Marat Daukayev School of Ballet in Los Angeles. She danced with Boston Ballet before joining Nederlands Dans Theater, where she worked with leading choreographers while developing her personal style that saw her win the Outstanding Choreographer award twice at Youth America Grand Prix as well as and the Emerging Choreographer award.
Two performances at the Opera House, Wellington, will be complemented by talks and workshops, to inspire artists and audiences alike.
‘The rain that refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops.’