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The New Zealand Dance Company

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The New Zealand Dance Company (incorporated as The New Zealand Dance Advancement Trust) is an Auckland based, nationally focused contemporary dance company.


Established in 2011, by co-founders Chief Executive/Artistic Director (and Arts Laureate) Shona McCullagh and the founding General Manager Frances Turner, the company sought to break the paradigm of dance companies operating on a project by project basis, presenting work by one choreographer, and moved instead to a sustainable model of presenting a variety of choreographic works.


Language of Living was The New Zealand Dance Company's first production, composed of five short works by New Zealand choreographers.

Dreamy McFloat was choreographed by company dancer Tupua Tigafua, is a piece that explores daydreaming and memories, inspired by the ocean and the elderly, with music by Richard M Moyle, Antonio Vivaldi and a poem excerpt from John Pule, Little Sun. Tenerezza was choreographed by Michael Parmenter, with music by C.P.E Bach. Human Human God was choreographed by Sarah Foster-Sproull, with music by Eden Mullholland.

Language of Living opened in 2012 at the Aotea Centre in Auckland. In 2013 Language of Living toured the North Island of New Zealand, The New Zealand Dance Company performed in Auckland, Warkworth, Whangarei, Orewa, Hawkes Bay and Wellington. In 2014 Language of Living toured nationally throughout New Zealand, performing in Invercargill, Christchurch, Nelson, New Plymouth and Tauranga.

Rotunda is The New Zealand Dance Company's second production, its first full-length work.

Rotunda is the first major work for the The New Zealand Dance Company. Choreographed by Shona McCullagh, with music performed live by a full brass band.


  • Justin Haiu
  • Tupua Tigafua
  • Gareth Okan
  • Carl Tolentino
  • Hannah Tasker-Poland
  • Lucy Lynch
  • Chrissy Kokiri
  • Katie Rudd
  • Management

  • Chief Executive/Artistic Director - Shona McCullagh
  • General Manager - Melanie Esplin
  • Company Manager - Roger Christensen
  • Administrative Assistant - Anna Simpson
  • References

    The New Zealand Dance Company Wikipedia

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