enTer - Pointy Dog

Allen Hall Theatre, University of Otago, Dunedin

29/03/2009 - 31/03/2009

The Auckland Performing Arts Centre: TAPAC, Auckland

09/10/2008 - 10/10/2008

Production Details

NEW GENERATION (Kids and Teens Programme)

The future talents of dance come together in an exciting programme of events designed to highlight the new generation of dancers that New Zealand has to offer and potentially enlighten a younger audience into the charm of the discipline.

Pointy Dog Dance Company (and friends) returns to Tempo after a fantastic award winning 2007 season with enTer; a showcase of youth and teen dancers from the New Zealand Performing Arts School. This year they will be joined by Auckland Senior College students who have created a show with the help and expertise of Taane Mete and May Lee. The students from NZ Performing Arts School have collaborated amongst themselves but also with teachers and choreographers including Katie Burton, Felicity Molloy, Lucy Miles and Taiaroa Royal.

Dance isn’t limited to a particular age or a particular style – it can be enjoyed from the oldest couple performing Tango to the youngest person krumping and clowning, and with a range of programmes at TAPAC, Tempo° truly looks set to get Auckland into their dancing shoes.

Pointy Dog and Friends present ‘enTer’
Thursday 9 and Friday 10 October 2008, 4pm (50 minutes)
TAPAC, Western Springs, Auckland
$15 Adults / $10 Youth, Senior and Students
Bookings available through TICKETEK

Award winning Pointy Dog dancers meet contemporary dance with a teenagers’ gaze. Dance infused with sensitivity, imagination and exuberance. This is a programme by and for youth – choreographies inspired by their own movement motifs and themes, with a sound score that spans world sounds to their current tastes. An original and feisty show – a must see for all teens, youth, schools and families too.  

Dates: 29, 30, 31 March 2009
Venue: Allen Hall Theatre
Time: 4pm (29th) 6pm (30th, 31st) (Duration 45 mins)
Prices: Full: $12.50 Concession: $8.50 Group (6+): $11.00
Tickets: www.ticketdirect.co.nz   



A glimpse of tomorrow’s professional talent

Review by Alexandra Kolb 30th Mar 2009

Even without its solid and cohesive programme, this Auckland-based youth company would warrant applause for its important work in the community sector and promotion of contemporary dance. Founded in 1993, Pointy Dog Dance Company, which is comprised of a group of high school-aged students under the tutelage of artistic director Felicity Molloy and producer Joanne Kelly, recruits its members through yearly community auditions.

The show presented a dozen short works created either by the young dance artists themselves or by professional  choreographers in a collaborative process with the dancers. 

The interesting array of pieces – solos, duets, trios and group works – were framed by two works by Felicity Molloy which introduced and rounded off the afternoon. A little apprehensive and with some nervous moments in the first few minutes, the all-female teenage cast noticeably gained in poise and stage presence as the show progressed.  The pieces were all grounded in sound understanding of a good all-round contemporary technique.

Two solos in the first half of the programme deserve particular mention. In ‘Strings’, choreographed by the young dancer herself, Rachael Anderson makes extensive use of floor, her sensitive quivering movements highlighting this promising performer’s expressive potential. 

‘Volatility’, danced and choreographed by Rose Philpott, stands out with its focus of energy on a circle in centre stage lit by a red spotlight. In its compressed dynamics and dramatic lighting effects (lighting: Martyn Roberts), the work reminds me of the canonical Boléro by the French choreographer Maurice Béjart. Rose Philpott’s talents were recognised in 2007 when she won the Tempo prize for best youth performer.

In the second part of the programme, ‘Adolescentango’ by the choreographer and Unitec-graduate Katie Burton addresses particularly well the issues and concerns of teenage years. In an interplay of group work and duets, it offers a lively, colourful show whose dramatic effect is underlined by the expressive music from Moulin Rouge (‘El tango de Roxanne’), and the imaginative costumes ranging from ballet tutus to Spanish-style dresses with scarves. The all-girl cast means it cannot make direct use of the interplay between the sexes so central to tango; however, its theme and energy are greatly in keeping with the eroticism, passion and subtle aggression of this dance form, and an ideal vehicle for the conflicts and tensions experienced in early adulthood.

The trio ‘Tight Knit’ by Julie van Renen draws on very different aesthetics and movement repertories, its strange, nervy, squirming patterns creating a stark contrast with the drama of the tango piece. 

All in all, a show well worth viewing provided one not does not expect (quite) the finished articles as performers, but instead recognises potential, infinite enthusiasm and a glimpse of tomorrow’s professional talent.
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