【About the program】
Five thousand years ago, the people of the Pacific island countries migrated collectively. 5,000 years later, Chinese are in every corner of the world. Two dance group Footnote New Zealand Dance and Guangdong Modern Dance Company (GDMDC) are co-producing a full evening-length programme in 2018, Hemispheres, a collaboration that will be between the longest-running contemporary dance companies in New Zealand and in China.
A project two years in the making before its development in the Guangdong studios in April, Hemispheres will include Mass Solitude, a new work by he talented choreographer Sarah Foster-Sproull and composer Eden Mulholland from New Zealand, lighting designer Low She Hoe from Malaysia and the fashion designer Zhong Huizhen from Beijing, performing by dancers of the two countries, featuring dancers from each company that will anchor a high quality triple bill programme of contemporary dance.
Drawing on her research during a three-month residency in Taipei in 2017, Zahra Killeen-Chance creates a mesmerising world in her work Elliptical Fictions. Grounded in the idea of opposition, Elliptical Fictions is an exploration of the curve evolving out of the line, and the line evolving out of the curve. Elliptical Fictions seeks to explore the Taoist philosophy of yin and yang through an investigation of the relationship between hard and soft, fast and slow, seen and unseen, individual and collective, line and curve. The costuming is an integral element of the performance and the movement has been developed in relationship to it. In this way the costuming is part of the choreography itself.
Adding to her hypnotic work is projected imagery by legendary New Zealand artist Richard Killeen, Zahra’s father, whose work has exhibited widely internationally and across Aotearoa. This is the first time he has collaborated with his daughter. With sound design by accomplished Wellington composer Emi Pogoni, Elliptical Fictions brings together a potent combination of New Zealand creativity.
“Elliptical Fictions is a finely crafted and skilfully judged meditation on the dualities that shape our experiences.” Dr Ian Lochhead, Theatreview 2018
“Elliptical Fictions is an absorbing, mesmerising, rigorous, and deeply satisfying dance.” Raewyn Whyte, NZ Herald 2018
Choreographer: Zahra Killeen-Chance
Stage Design: Richard Killeen
Music Composition: Emi Pogoni
Performed by: Georgia Beechey-Gradwell, Tyler Carney, Joshua Faleatua, Anu Khapung, Adam Naughton
Selections from The Spring Tide
The Spring Tide, based on realistic topic, presents the people who strive at the forefront of the times. Riding at the wave of the times, they are filled with hope and courage. They left their hometown to pursuit the eagerly anticipating future despite difficulties and hesitation.
[ Audiences' Message ]
“The dance work expresses the stance, the warmth, the strength and the profundity.”
“Thanks to reform and opening up, the Guangdong Modern Dance Company was founded, and it rode at the forefront of the trend of the times. The Company witnessed the difference, and perceived the unfamiliar trend of thoughts. Looking back the last four decades, we were all involved.”
“The dance work is complete, intricate, spectacular, and honest. The solo is persevering, the duet affectionate, and the group dance majestic. It's a grandeur work with elaborate choreography.”
Director: LIU Qi
Art Director: ZHANG Xiaoxiong
Choreographer & Costume: WU Chien-Wei
Literature Script: MU Ge
Music: Alexander Waite Mitchell
Lighting Design: Low Shee Hoe
Stage Design: WANG Yao Chung
Performed by: FU Binjing，Belinda ZHANG，Christy MA， HE Min，SU Zihao ，LI Jiahao，ZHANG Yan，LI Siyu，CHEN Baiyu，LEE Ya-jui, ZHANG Long
In Mass Solitude we return to forgotten movement rituals as a way of connecting with each other beyond language and technology. Here, human proximity and surveillance are our key means of communicating and belonging to the group.
Mass Solitude is a movement meditation on connection and isolation. Within it we look at how people might interact whilst under constant observation, and consider what might inspire us to rebel, escape, or commit ourselves further into the folds of the community.
“Study me as much as you like, you will not know me, for I differ in a hundred ways from what you see me to be. Put yourself behind my eyes and see me as I see myself, for I have chosen to dwell in a place you cannot see.” -Molana Jalaluddin Rumi
Choreographic Direction: Sarah Foster-Sproull
Music Composition: Eden Mulholland
Lighting: Low Shee Hoe
Creative Assistant Direction: Anita Hunziker
Movement composition and performance: Adam Naughton，Anu Khapung，Belinda ZHANG， CHEN Baiyu，LI Jiahao，Emma Cosgrave，FU Binjing， Georgia Beechey-Gradwell，Joshua Faleatua，Christy MA，SU Zihao，Taniora Motutere，Tyler Carney，ZHANG Yan
【About the Company】
Guangdong Modern Dance Company (GMDC)
Approved by the People's Government of Guangdong Province, Guangdong Modern Dance Company (GMDC), mainland China’s first professional modern dance company, was founded in 1992. It is internationally renowned for the exquisite and captivating performances. GMDC has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of the big success stories of international dance” and “a pacesetter with a difference”.
With a forward-looking, diversified, open and inclusive vision, GMDC has been invited to numerous remarkable international festivals in dozens of countries and regions. Its works have won critical acclaim and overwhelming responses from audiences and critics around the world.
Footnote New Zealand Dance
Footnote New Zealand Dance is New Zealand’s longest-running contemporary dance company. The story of Footnote is the story of our artform in this country, with almost every notable New Zealand dancer and choreographer for over a generation having worked with Footnote during their careers. Founded by Deirdre Tarrant in 1985, Footnote is a national arts organization that extensively tours dance works around Aotearoa and internationally: the company has performed in the United States, China, Germany, the UK, Belgium, Switzerland and France in recent years. Footnote is known for creating and commissioning bold new work by New Zealand artists.