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The New Zealand Dance Company Rotunda 2015 Australasian Tour

Rotunda features the beautiful collision of a live brass band with the raw power of contemporary dance, timed to honour the Gallipoli landings in 1915, performed by The New Zealand Dance Company.

What is courage?
Rotunda features the beautiful collision of a live brass band with the raw power of contemporary dance, timed to honour the Gallipoli landings in 1915. This is a poignant and moving work, created by Arts Laureates Shona McCullagh (Artistic Director) and Don McGlashan (Musical Director) in collaboration with a cast of 8 dancers. Performing with the NZ Army Band to a range of heartfelt hymns and stunning, new brass works by contemporary New Zealand composers, Rotunda is a living memorial that celebrates the ANZAC spirit and the themes of courage, loss, kinship and ultimately, a desire for peace.
Invited to the Holland Dance Festival in February 2014, Rotunda received 4 star reviews and standing ovations at every performance.
Rotunda brings to life the world of the band rotunda, an iconic symbol of early 20th Century community, where we rekindle memories of loss and love in a haunting snapshot of Australasian history. Rotunda draws from the extraordinary courage and indomitable spirit of our ANZAC men, and the women who set about running the country with aching hearts and dread that their men might not return. Renowned for its earthiness, physicality, rhythm and expression this unmistakably New Zealand choreography integrates shadow play, mace twirling, a 24 piece local marching band, and a fusion of waiata with dynamic contemporary dance theatre.
Baycourt Community & Arts Centre
Friday 13 March, 7.30pm
Soundings Theatre, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Thursday 19 March, 7.30pm
Friday 20 March, 7.30pm
Saturday 21 March, 7.30pm
Sunday 22 March, 3pm
Airforce Museum of New Zealand
Friday 27 March, 7.30pm
Regent Theatre
Wednesday 01 April, 7.30pm
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Thursday 23 April, 7.30pm
Friday 24 April, 7.30pm
Saturday 25 April, 3pm
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Friday 1 May, 7.30pm
Saturday 2 May, 2pm & 7.30pm
The Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne
Thursday 7 May, 8pm
Friday 8 May, 8pm
Saturday 9 May, 2pm & 8pm
Riverside Theatre, Parramatta
Wednesday 13 May, 8p
Thursday 14 May, 8pm
Friday 15 May, 8pm
Saturday 16 May, 2pm & 8pm
The Playhouse Theatre, Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Thursday 21 May, 8pm
Friday 22 May, 8pm
Saturday 23 May, 1pm

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13 March 2015
23 May 2015
Date added: 24 February 2015 | Last updated: 16 June 2015
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