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NZDC's The Absurdity of Humanity

NZDC's The Absurdity of Humanity

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  • Sat 9 Sep ’17, 7:30pm


ASB Theatre Marlborough , 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim



The New Zealand Dance Company presents a spring national tour of its most provocative and poetic season yet, The Absurdity of Humanity.

Artistic Director Shona McCullagh has coupled the striking works of Ross McCormack (Matter) and Lina Limosani (Whispers from Pandora’s Box) to form a stage blazing trans-Tasman double bill that premiered to critical acclaim in Auckland in 2016.

Matter by Ross McCormack (Creative New Zealand’s 2015 Choreographic Fellow) “…is a total triumph of collaboration, light, sound, and ultimately… vision.” - Paul Young (DANZ)

With set and choreography by McCormack, one of New Zealand’s finest and internationally acclaimed dance artists, the work features a surreal world of poles, appearing as spear-like plinths forcing the space apart.

Created with an absurdist eye for detail, McCormack says “I am fascinated with how humans can bestow this importance and have almost cathartic experiences with seemingly benign objects.” In this highly anticipated theatrical work with a score by Jason Wright, questions of purpose, indecision, and environment are contemplated in a startling and powerful dystopian world.

“Matter (…) is such an aesthetic and conceptual masterpiece, it cannot be recommended enough.” -
Makyla Curtis (Gay Express)

Whispers from Pandora’s Box by Australia’s Lina Limosani (2015 Dame Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Award recipient) is a theatrical exposition on the dichotomy of good and evil within human nature.

With a score created from mashed up film soundtracks and absurdist scores, this black comedy contains Elizabethan-period inspired costumes, David Lynch style elements, and shockingly timed fight sequences. It promises to present both the macabre and humorous. Kill Bill meets Elizabeth I in this romp of surreal and action-packed pandemonium.

“…a powerful and compelling commentary on the human condition and it should not be missed.” -
Dione Joseph, NZ Herald

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