FITTING TRIBUTE FROM DANCERS
Footnote Dance Made in New Zealand 2013
Direction and Choreographic Design: Sarah Foster-Sproull
Music: Eden Mulholland
Lighting Design: Jen Lal
Dramaturgy: Andrew Foster
at Opera House, Wellington
From 21 Aug 2013 to 22 Aug 2013
Reviewed by Ann Hunt, 24 Aug 2013
originally published in The Dominion Post
On stage at the work's conclusion, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown aptly described it as "extraordinary, disturbing and beautiful".
The evening was a significant one for Footnote Dance, as it honoured the commitment and skill of artistic director Deirdre Tarrant, who retires from this role at the end of the year. It was also the final Made in New Zealand programme. This was the first time a full length work by one choreographer, Sarah Foster-Sproull, had featured under the Made in New Zealand umbrella. It is an appropriate work to end the series on, as it illustrated so well the tireless energy, talent and dedication of the current six Footnote dancers: Emily Adams, Levi Cameron, Alice Macann, Olivia McGregor, Rose Philpott and Emmanuel Reynaud. Foster-Sproull also acknowledges the choreographic input from the dancers.
Colt is Foster-Sproull's best work in many years. Inspired by her own experiences of working in the dance community, it explores observations of being part of a community in the throes of creation and the dangers of manipulation by a director, guru, or even a politician, at a stretch.
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