Jennifer Nikolai

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Jennifer Nikolai (PhD) is a contemporary dance practitioner, researcher, and Senior Lecturer.  Her studio-based, emergent methodology informs live and digital interactivity in performance making and staging.  Her research spans mobile camera improvisation, Motion Capture and Virtual Reality within the practice of pedagogical critique across a range of tertiary teaching contexts.  Jennifer is a member of SPRINZ and she conducts research in Canada and New Zealand, her country of origin and her country of residence, respectfully.  Jennifer lectures and supervises postgraduate research students in the School of Sport and Recreation and in the School of Art and Design at Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. She has been contributing to Theatreview since May 2010. Find out more:

Jennifer Nikolai's reviews

Strasbourg 1518

Wellington, Auckland

12/03/2020 - 28/03/2021

"Mystery and Frenzy..

"Powerful ruminations on the original event and our current situation..

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Astrolabe-whakaterenga (pounamu)


20/02/2021 - 21/02/2021

"Each of the three films occupies their own space, evocative, immersive and cinematic...

EDWA 2020: Assistir árvores


05/12/2020 - 05/12/2020

"Language to land, the land, landing, landscape… landed..

THE PIANO The Ballet

Dunedin, Auckland, Napier, Christchurch, Palmerston North, Wellington

23/02/2018 - 28/03/2018

"Divine duets and perfect partnering..

"Ballet unfolds with almost cinematic fluidity..

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AXIS - anatomy of space

Auckland, Dunedin

22/03/2017 - 22/06/2017

"All-encompassing engagement..

"Celestial inspiration..

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09/10/2016 - 09/10/2016

"Bright stars in the making..


Christchurch, Wellington, Dunedin, Auckland

10/10/2015 - 08/10/2016

"An exquisite performance full of surprises..

"Emotive, animated, visceral, alluring - extraordinary..

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Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch, Auckland

03/10/2014 - 15/10/2015

"The Heart of it is Light..

"Dance Notation of the Universe..

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Peace and Love in Africa


19/10/2014 - 19/10/2014

"Drumming, singing, playing, dancing..


Auckland, Wellington

20/03/2013 - 17/05/2013

"NZ dancers in their element, writ large..

"Eloquent and beautiful dance documentary..

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Timedance and Soma Songs

Christchurch, Auckland

17/09/2012 - 17/10/2012

"Accolades well-deserved..

"Sophisticated, timeless and international in scope..

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Pina Bausch-film


08/10/2010 - 08/10/2010

"Tepid eulogy falls short of its subject’s brilliance..

Rhythm is It - film


08/10/2010 - 08/10/2010

"The necessity of dance..