NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

The Armed Man dance work

In commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, Crows Feet Dance Collective presents a full-length work to Karl Jenkins famous evocative score The Armed Man. April 2014.

Tania and Jo rehearsing The Armed Man

In commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, Crows Feet Dance Collective presents a full-length dance work to The Armed Man, a stirring and poignant ‘mass for peace’ by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins.

In preparation for this project the Crows Feet dancers researched their own family stories about the First World War, and some of these form a narrative thread throughout The Armed Man.

Director and choreographer Jan Bolwell states ‘because we are a female dance company we have focussed on the impact of war on families, on women and children who coped with separation and a huge sense of loss that impacted on subsequent generations. Many of us in Crows Feet had grandfathers and great-uncles who fought in the First World War, so this is a very personal work.

Crows Feet dancers are joined by a group of male students from Whitireia Polytechnic’s performing arts programme who will dance in sections of The Armed Man that depict men at war.

The Armed Man is presented at the Genesis Energy Theatre in Upper Hutt’s Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre on 5 & 6 April 2014 at 3pm, and at Otaki’s Civic Theatre on 12 April 2014 at 7.30pm and 13 April 2014 at 3pm.

For the Otaki performances director/ choreographer Jamie Bull is working with local people to create a 20-minute site-specific dance theatre performance Reflection, which serves as a prelude to The Armed Man.  It is performed in the Cenotaph Park, 35 minutes prior to The Armed Man performances in the Civic Theatre.

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The Armed Man
Tania and Jo rehearsing The Armed Man, with one of Jen Holdaway's cenotaph in the background.
This activity is being worked on from
5 April 2014
 to 
13 April 2014
Date added: 07 March 2014 | Last updated: 13 July 2014

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