Deborah Pope

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Deborah Pope trained in circus and theatre in Paris and London.


She has worked with premier visual, circus, opera and theatre companies including Circus OZ, The Royal Opera, The RSC, WOW, The MTC and her company No Ordinary Angels’ work includes Munich, Melbourne, Cadiz, Sao Sebastien, Edinburgh , London and New Zealand International Arts Festivals. Deborah has choreographed for film, television, opera and theatre and has won 3 prizes including Best Director, Les Jeune Talent du Cirque, Paris, 2004.


Since returning to New Zealand 15 years ago, Deborah’s company Awkward Productions created and produced 9 Wellington Circus Festival, Adagio, Adagio Xmas , Grimace ,The Boulevard of Broken Dreams and the Circus Proms, with Wellington Vector Orchestra.


As part of The Wellington Circus Trust, she helped create The Circus Hub and was its Director for 5 years and in 2014-2019, Deborah designed and delivered New Zealand’s first Circus / Dance Degree at Whitireia Polytechnic, Wellington.


Deborah continues to advocate, mentor and develop work and artists in New Zealand.


Deborah Pope's reviews

Hatupatu | Kurungaituku: A Forbidden Love

Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Rotorua

20/02/2024 - 17/03/2024

"Ngā Pūrākau (myths) are driving forces..

"A Te Ao Māori lens..

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MOONROE'S HAPPY HOUR: A Variety Spectacular


07/03/2023 - 11/03/2023

"Promising concept and execution include variety, ideas, surprises and original songs..



28/02/2023 - 04/03/2023

"Multi-skilled, delicate, exciting, quirky, playful, engaging..



17/02/2023 - 25/02/2023

"A mesmerising, concentrated performance totally worth experiencing..

BELLE - a performance of air.


21/02/2022 - 17/03/2024

"Stunning lighting design offers many a trompe l’oeil ..

"Must see performance!..

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New Zealand School of Dance 2021 Graduation Season

Wellington, Paraparaumu

12/11/2021 - 27/11/2021

"Outstanding testament to resilience...

"Dance graduates step into the future with uplifting programme..

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26/02/2021 - 28/02/2021

"Confident and varied performance..