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Footnote Dance Presents Forte 2010, 10/7


What do we know about the environment we find ourselves in? With six brand-new works, six of New Zealand's most exciting choreographers declare their responses to that question with the 2010 season of Footnote Forte.

Footnote Dance, New Zealand's premier contemporary dance company, presents a new season of the successful Forte series to showcase the brightest dance talent in Aotearoa.

Featuring works from choreographers Malia Johnston, Kristian Larsen, Maria Dabrowska, Sarah Foster, Lyne Pringle and Sarah Knox, Footnote Forte 2010 will present multiple shows in Auckland, Wellington and Nelson beginning in October this year.

The overarching theme of 2010 Forte is the environment we find ourselves in; whether it be social, natural or political. The curiosities and complexities of relationships between people on a multitude of levels will be explored through the original and captivating dance works.

And to celebrate the notion of environment, Footnote is taking dance out of its traditional environment and into new performance spaces - museums and boatsheds among them. "Forte is about pushing boundaries," said Footnote director Deirdre Tarrant, "so we're moving the dance beyond the walls of what people expect a dance performance to be in."

"This year Footnote Dance travelled to dance in China and we were inspired by the cultural differences we encountered. New Zealand notions of space and personal relationships are very different from the way other cultures think about space," she said.

In Standing Birds, Maria Dabrowska reflects upon the personal relationship of two people, their memories, their sorrows and joys. Whether I Wear You, choreographed by Malia Johnston, plays with the ideas of weathering and wearing, memories and habits.

With Apolymuse Sarah Knox delves into the many muses: Amuse, amusement, amuse bouche, a muse, music. And in Buoy Racer Kristian Larsen presents a series of ‘movement portraits' of kiwi colloquialisms such as ‘rattle your dags' and ‘tiki tour'. Rounding out the top-class bill are works from Sarah Foster and Lyne Pringle.

Beginning in Auckland, the October 7 performance is held at the Auckland Museum at 8.45pm as part of the Museum's Late season. On October 8 popular nightclub Galatos hosts Forte at 7.30pm.

In Nelson, Forte is performed at the Theatre Royal on October 9 at 7.30pm and October 10 at 4pm.

In Wellington, performances will be held on Mondays October 11 and 18 at 7.30pm beginning at the Wellington Museum of City and Sea, then The Boatshed and concluding at The Museum Hotel.

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