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Internationally commissioned choreographer and Artistic Director Raewyn Hill will return to New Zealand with Dancenorth, for a season of her critically acclaimed work MASS this September.

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Internationally commissioned choreographer and Artistic Director Raewyn Hill will return to New Zealand with Dancenorth, for a season of her critically acclaimed work MASS 29 August- 1 September, at Downstage in Wellington. 

 

"It is a real honour to bring the company to New Zealand. Most of our cast are Australian's who have a strong connection with New Zealand. Jeremy was born and raised in Auckland, four of us are graduates of the New Zealand School of Dance and three dancers have had long careers with Footnote Dance Company," said Hill.  

Nominated for a raft of industry awards in Australia, including a prestigious 2012 Helpmann award.  Dancenorth toured MASS across Queensland in 2012 and will make the trip across the Tasman this August, ahead of a session at Downstage Theatre, Wellington in September.

"I am thrilled to be returning home to New Zealand with Dancenorth, and especially to Wellington where I spent so much of my career as a student, dancer and choreographer," said Hill.

Created by Hill in 2011 MASS is an explosive dance production that tests the mettle of personal relationships when communities are besieged with intense experiences. The work explores how communities gather, consolidate and dissipate in extraordinary circumstances.

MASS, presents dance theatre at its best, with profound images and playful scenes, demonstrating the breathtaking talents of the five Dancenorth performers. In Australia Hill's work has been described as "...her language is wild, a storm of ferocious, uncompromising and often dangerous physicality", "It is a real honour to bring the company to New Zealand. Most of our cast are Australian's who have a strong connection with New Zealand. Jeremy was born and raised in Auckland, four of us are graduates of the New Zealand School of Dance and three dancers have had long careers with Footnote Dance.

Inspired by the artwork of contemporary Brisbane artist Rosemary Laing, Hill has designed a three-walled set, and covered the floor with artificial turf. With the white walls intimating a pseudo gallery space, and the turf an outside environment, the setting pays homage to surrealist art, which was instrumental to the initial development of MASS.

MASS is an international collaboration that includes a commissioned score by Spanish composer Micka Luna, who resided in New Zealand for many years, writing music for dance and film; vocals by the UK's Jocelyn West; and digital imagery from Mariona Omedes (2011 winner of the Spanish National Award for Culture).

With a cast of some of Australia's leading exponents of dance, MASS is a physically challenging performance, pushing the limits of the company dancers. Dancer Alice Hinde and Jeremy Poi have been nominated for Australian dance Awards for Best Female and Male dancers for their roles in MASS.

Under Hill's Directorship, Dancenorth continues to lead the way in Australian dance, with the company being a model for making international quality art in a regional setting. A celebration of community, MASS is a brilliant new contemporary dance-theatre performance experience.

MASS - 29 August - 1 September 2013.

Downstage Theatre

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Artistic Motivation: Raewyn Hill

For me, the creation of work is a cumulative process, where a variety of personal experiences and interests are broadened or narrowed then combined to form in one piece. My ideas for MASS first began when I was the inaugural New Zealand recipient of an Artist in Residence at the Cite International des Arts, Paris in 2009. With a free pass to the majority of Paris' cultural institutions, every other day I would visit the Pompidou Centre. More and more I was drawn to the surrealist art on display, in particular the works of Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali. These intriguing images were later to become instrumental in the development of MASS.

Following Paris, I began to research the concept of communities forming out of shared, profound experiences. And so began 2011, a year a trying year for many communities. Experiencing Cyclone Yasi, watching Queensland recover from the impact of extensive flooding, as well as supporting friends and family during the aftermath of the Christchurch Earthquakes, the concept of community coming and going and supporting each other was something we began to experience on a daily basis, and was a global phenomenon. Over the many months the media coverage of these events embedded unexpected images that transported me back to the surrealist works in Paris, where previously neglected associations were joined together on canvas. Then to the studio and MASS began to evolve as we explored a number of communities, in particular prisoners of war, Australia's Stolen Generation, aspects of the Islamic community, and communities in protest. Returning to the exhibition I saw in Paris in 2009, much movement is derived from several Dali, Margritte and Bacon paintings.Utilising the inventive digital projections of Mariona Omedes, I incorporated Kevin Rudd's Apology to Australia's Stolen Generation. Deliberately projected in reverse, the viewer is located as if they were the orator. The final image of MASS has the performers presenting the same words in sign language as the projected text dissipates around them; one marginalised community situated amongst the vanishing words for another.

The unquiet landscapes (2005) of Brisbane artist Rosemary Laing were the starting point for the design of the set. Wanting to create a sense of strangeness in the dancer's environment, I designed a three-walled set, and covered the floor in artificial turf. With the white walls intimating a pseudo gallery space, and the turf an outside environment, the setting pays homage to surrealist art which was instrumental to the initial development of  MASS.

The dancers traverse and descend in and out of the space, forming and dissipating communities as they come and go, with each ‘scene' dealing with an aspect of our research abstracted through dance theatre. I intentionally created a physically challenging performance in order to push the limits of the company dancers, and add a visceral experience alongside thought-provoking engagement for the viewer.