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  Image: Rahi Rezvani. With variety being the spice of life, there was never a dull moment during the opening night of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's blistering triple bill Speed of Light at the Isaac Theatre Royal. Sure the mercury was sitting high last night, but that was nothing compared to the inferno of en-pointe perfection radiating off the stage as their triumphant trifecta of contemporary ballet classics Selon désir, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Cacti (pictured) unfurled. Comprising three 30-minute sets and two intervals, Speed of Light delighted with its frenetic, fast-paced action, set to an astounding soundtrack. Minimalist staging in the first two performances, save for some genius lighting, ensured the focus was kept clearly on the ferocious talent on stage, while a few key pieces (white faced boxes, cacti, one cat and more of that genius lighting) in the finale brought performance art to dizzying new heights.Riffing on...
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Time to do as David Bowie sang and cut a rug, make shapes, kick it ol’ skool or just plain bring it at Christchurch’s annual celebration of dance and movement – The Body Festival. It’s back for its 14th year to get the blood pumping, the spirit soaring and the city up and moving. This year’s line-up rocks a blend of top-class performances (with the largest performance programme to date), masterclasses with visiting artists, and have-a-go workshops with everything from pole dancing to hip-hop, contemporary dance and circus (and plenty inbetween). Catch international works from the USA, Australia, Spain and Poland presented alongside the best local acts at more than 30 venues throughout the city. Don’t miss comedy-dance-sci-fi mash-up Terror Planet, provocative and beautiful one-woman show The Blue Bearded Lady, the Sassy & Seductive Neo- Burlesque Intensive Dance Workshop and the opening No Lights, No Lycra dance party – dance like no-one’s watching (is there any other way?)! The Body Festival24 September – 11 Octoberwww.thebody.co.nz...
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You’ll never look at your garden the same after witnessing the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s glorious adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The epic battle between the Fairy King Oberon (MacLean Hopper) and Queen Titania (Tonia Looker) plays out on the stunningly beautiful, magic fairy-dust sprinkled Isaac Theatre Royal stage; now a luminous, ethereal, shimmering elven landscape, courtesy of the talented Tracy Grant Lord (who also rocked some serious fairy cred with the costumes, which left many of the younger female audience pining after the butterfly-wing-delicate ensembles) kept suitably mystical by Kendall Smith’s lighting. Liam Scarlett’s seamless choreography with a youthful bent beautifully combines moments of wit with melodrama, while showcasing the stunning techniques of the talented cast en-pointe as they flit, sweep and float across the stage. Standouts include Kohei Iwamoto’s career-defining lightning in a jar performance of Puck –  as if the character had come to life...
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The Royal New Zealand Ballet goes tilting at windmills in March with the world’s favourite shaggy dog story, Don Quixote. Opening their 2015 season ‘somewhere in La Mancha’, the RNZB will perform the timeless (1605!) tale of adventure, chivalry, love and rambling that has inspired one of the greatest works in classical ballet. The RNZB’s  own production of the work is described as a fiery, flirtatious delight that combines virtuoso choreography with comic flair that is sure to appeal to all ages. The story moves along at a rapid clip as it follows dreamer Don Quixote, together with his long-suffering nephew Sancho Panza, as they nobly aid and abet lovers Kitri and Basilio in their struggles with the devious Gamache and his cohort of street dancers, Kitri’s pretentious father, and (of course) an actual shaggy dog. The spectacular dancing (choreography by Kiwi Adrian Burnett) is complemented by vivid storybook style...
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It’s all right to dance! Our city’s annual celebration of all things dance, the Body Festival, returns bigger and better than ever this year, with 23 days of performance, workshops, and have-a-go events and challenges for everyone from practised floor-burner-uppers to reluctant wallflowers to get stuck into. Running from the 19th of September to the 12th of October, the festival kicks off with a dance party at 6am – that’s right, grab your glow sticks, your whistle and your muesli and grab the chance to finally get your breakfast rave on – before launching to a programme jam-packed with variety, set to be held at over 20 venues throughout the city. Have-a-go highlights include Speed Dancing (which offers the opportunity to try 8 dance styles in just 2 hours), doing it like Mr Darcy did at the Regent/Victorian Dance Workshop, and unleashing your inner Fred Astaire to tap up a...
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Christchurch dance enthusiasts have something to get excited about with the arrival of REMAP. A new, independent organisation put together by local dance artists Julia Harvie, Erica Viedma and Paul Young, REMAP is being supported by the Christchurch City Council and the Canterbury Community Trust in its mission of bolstering the Christchurch dance community. REMAP focuses on developing inclusive, open level classes, workshops and events that integrate the larger arts community through communal practice. No matter your age or skill level, if you’re a dance enthusiast, it’s worth having a look to see what they are offering. They’re running adult movement classes and workshops at Hagley Community College throughout 2014 and welcome casual attendance, as well as offering 10-class and unlimited class discounts for the dedicated.Julia, Erica and Paul are award winning Christchurch contemporary dancers, choreographers and teachers, and have all worked with some of New Zealand's leading choreographers as well...