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[Editor’s note: Jennifer Shennan is a dancer, choreographer, dance writer and teacher, and historian. ]

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Vismaya : Celebration

Auckland, Hamilton, Lower Hutt, Nelson, Christchurch

29/06/2024 - 06/07/2024

"Immediacy, vitality of the performance, captivating..

"Dancers are galvanised into brilliance..

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Swan Lake - The Royal NZ Ballet

Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch, Auckland

18/07/2013 - 05/05/2024

"Freshness and immediacy of a newly minted work..

"Sumptuous production..

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22/03/2024 - 24/03/2024

"Measured yet impassioned meditation..

"Raise their voices in unity..

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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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Jungle Book re-imagined


23/02/2024 - 25/02/2024

"How prescient was Kipling..

"Glorious dance artists..

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Tutus on Tour 2024

Raumati, Hastings, Christchurch, Hamilton

16/02/2024 - 14/03/2024

"A joyful celebration..

"Will leave the audience captivated..

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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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NZ School of Dance Performance Season 2023

Paraparaumu, Wellington

16/11/2023 - 02/12/2023

"Young and optimistic mood..

"Classical season: a joy to see their talent..

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13/10/2023 - 13/10/2023

"Well-chosen title for this single performance..

"Scintillating, suave, saucy, debonair..

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Auckland, Wellington

06/09/2023 - 23/09/2023

"An extraordinary fusion of opera, dance and music..

"Five-point star—visionary and innovative ..

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Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland

27/07/2023 - 12/08/2023

"Dancers dancers dancers you are symbolic and meaningful. ..

"Entering its eighth decade the company is clearly in good heart..

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Darpana: reflections

Lower Hutt

01/07/2023 - 02/07/2023

"A garden of earthly delights with celestial resonance,..

"Centralising Bharata Natyam in Aotearoa...



09/03/2023 - 11/03/2023

"The work is a knock-out tour-de-force of theatre..

"The minutiae of movement simultaneously reflects the theatrical extravagance of a literal storyline..

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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Lower Hutt

02/07/2021 - 04/07/2021

"This cosmic dance..

"A shining beacon in the city’s annual dance program..

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Subtle Dances

Auckland, Dunedin

15/03/2021 - 15/04/2021

"The audience collectively captivated and spellbound..

"Whoops and whistles of delight..

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The Ryman Healthcare season of The Sleeping Beauty

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

29/10/2020 - 06/12/2020

"An evening at the ballet..

"A ballet with lockdown at its centre..

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NZ School of Dance 2019 Graduation Season


20/11/2019 - 30/11/2019

"Aspiring to sprezzatura..

"A great variety of choreographic offerings..

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Wellington, West Coast South Island

10/02/2012 - 16/11/2019


"A cultural treat that intrigues and delights..

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Wellington, Christchurch

01/03/2019 - 09/03/2019

"Four new and contrasting works..

"Let the movement speak..



28/02/2019 - 21/02/2021

"They swing and soar with ever increasing complexity and energy..

"The loveliest thing..

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NZSD Graduation Season (Innovation) 2018


21/11/2018 - 01/12/2018

"Innovation - the passion of commitment..

"A pleasingly-broad presentation of contemporary choreographies..

NZSD Graduation Season (Tradition) 2018


21/11/2018 - 01/12/2018

"Tradition - life as a dancer..

"A varied and entertaining showcase..

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