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Credit: John McDermott
Language of Living - North Island tour
Sarah Foster-Sproull, Michael Parmenter, Justin Haiu, Shona McCullagh, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker

at Opera House, Wellington
From 12 Jun 2013 to 12 May 2013
[2 hours]

Reviewed by Ann Hunt, 18 Jun 2013
originally published in The Dominion Post

The New Zealand Dance Company's inaugural national tour is a triumph for all concerned. It is stylish, sophisticated and of a high calibre.

The opening work, Michael Parmenter's intriguing and innovative Tenerezza, was danced to music by CPE Bach. It explores similar territory to that of an earlier Parmenter work, Absence, performed in 2012 by Footnote Dance. The duet begins slowly with sculptural poses and strongly supported sudden, arcing lifts and builds in intensity. Dancers Craig Bary and Justin Haiu are vigorous and beautiful. Pianist Sarah Watkins accompanied with care and sensitivity.

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