PAST TUTORS AND GUEST ARTISTS
This month we teamed up with the super talented and passionate Footnote Dance Company dancers to bring Open Contemporary classes. Fostering established and emerging talent, Footnote is Aotearoa’s longest-running contemporary dance company.
The story of Footnote is the story of our artform in this country, with almost every notable New Zealand dancer and choreographer for over a generation having worked with Footnote during their careers.
We can't wait to dance with these amazing artists in March!
Tessa Redman (she/her) is a freelance performance artist based in Pōneke, originally from Boorloo(Perth, Western Australia). She is a 2019 graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance and now works with a particular interest in vulnerability, intimacy and experimental physical performance. Her recent solo work ‘I’m Not Going To Lie To You’ was described as "a fabulously intimate, polished show, both engaging and original, with a sense of vulnerability and honesty that we could connect to" (Theatreview). Tessa aims to create inclusive live artworks that reach beyond the dance community. As an artist, her goal is to spread the magic of movement, energy and honesty to audiences of all backgrounds and dance experiences. Tessa’s focus is on theatricality, authenticity and the pure, raw joy of dance.
Hannah Tasker-Poland is a multi-faceted dance, movement and performance artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. A graduate of the Contemporary Dance BA programme at Unitec NZ she has amassed over 15 years experience in the arts industry with a body of work that spans across dance, theatre, film, TV, special effects, stunts and performance art. Her dance background includes Borderline Arts Ensemble, The New Zealand Dance Company, Atamira Dance Company, Footnote NZ Dance and she has recently been producing, choreographing and performing under her own arts company projectMUSE.
Hannah is a guest tutor for The NZ Dance Company, Unitec NZ and Independance NZ and is thrilled to be joining the Human Dance whānau to share space and whip up some movement alchemy with the glorious movers of Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington.
LOUGHLAN PRIOR, BALLET
KAPA HAKA WQRKSHOPS
Described by Dance Aotearoa New Zealand as ‘A creative tour de force’, Loughlan is an award winning choreographer and film-maker. A distinguished graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance and a former soloist with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Loughlan is now a Choreographer in Residence at the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the Creative Director of Prior Visual, a project based film collective. Together with Claire Cowan, Loughlan directs Lo|Co Arts, a performance ensemble devoted to the seamless melding of choreographic and compositional practice.
Amit Noy dances, writes and makes shows in Te Whanganui a Tara. They are tauiwi, and whakapapa to Mexico and Israel, by way of Hawai’i. Amit dances for Michael Keegan-Dolan/Teaċ Daṁsa and the New Zealand Dance Company. Their writing has been commissioned and presented by Tempo Dance Festival, the Pantograph Punch, DANZ, and Theatreview. In 2021 they presented ‘Love is Everything’, co-created and performed with their family, as part of the NZ Fringe Festival and the Toi Pōneke Dance Residency. He is an eager (but amateur) knitter, enjoys spicy and bitter food, and loves swimming in the sea. In Hebrew, ‘Amit’ means good friend.(Photo by Clare Langan)
Tanemahuta Gray is a trained dancer in Contemporary Dance, Ballet and Kapa Haka (traditional Maori cultural performance). He is highly trained in mau raakau / taiaha which is a Maori stick fighting martial artform. He is also highly trained as a harnessed based aerialist specialist having worked with world leading aerial physical theatre company De La Guarda for 5 years. Tanemahuta is also a choreographer & artistic director of numerous live theatre productions including Maui - One Man Against The Gods (2003-2011), Arohanui - The Greatest Love (2011), The Koowhiti Festival of Indigenous Dance (2009-2013) and Tiki Taane Mahuta (2009 - 2014). Tanemahuta has acted in several theatre and physical theatre works over his career & in his first feature film as a werewolf in "What we do in the shadows" directed by Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement (2014) He is a guest choreographer/Director of the South Pacific Section (and dancer) on WOW - World of Wearable Art Awards (2010 - 2013). more
Kia has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. In 2016 Kia started full time training as a contemporary major at the New Zealand School of Dance. During her time at NZSD she performed in works by Damien Jalet and Lauren Langlois and premiered her own work ‘beam’ in the 2018 Choreographic Season. Kia graduated in December 2018. In 2019 Kia worked with Java Dance Theatre on the production ‘Chocolate’ which premiered in Wellington. She then performed alongside the company in ‘Chocolate’ and ‘Back of the Bus’ at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In September 2019 Kia moved to Brussels and took up a place at P.A.R.T.S, the school of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
She returned to New Zealand in March 2020 and has since worked with Java Dance Theatre on The Metamorphosis Project and Cubadupa. She performed with Movement of the Human as part of the What if the city was a theatre Festival and is currently working on further projects in New Zealand.
Holly is a choreographer and dancer based in Wellington and since graduating from the NZ School of Dance, has pushed her choreographic work through her project based company, Discotheque. Holly enjoys teaching and challenging how dance can be satisfactory to both a dancer and a viewer, through a strong sense of connection with sound.
A FEW OF THE HUMANS BEHIND THE DANCE
Lucy is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and the Artistic Director of Borderline Arts Ensemble. A former member of the esteemed Footnote Dance Company and recent Guest Artist with NZ Dance Company, Lucy has been awarded Tempo Dance Festival’s “Best Emerging Artist” and “Best Female Dancer” awards, the Eileen May Norris Dance Trust Scholarship and the Creative NZ Tup Lang Choreographic Award.
Lucy is a Leadership Network member of the Asia NZ Foundation, and is the current Dance Educator for the Royal NZ Ballet.
Lucy is an incredibly talented dancers and choreographer. who is passionate about dance and sharing it with other humans!
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VARIOUS FOOTNOTE DANCERS,
Michael Parmenter is one of New Zealand’s leading dancers and choreographers. He has choreographed consistently for thirty years in New Zealand and internationally. His works span the spectrum from innovative solo works to large-scale opera-house productions. He directed his Commotion Company from 1990–2008 and has choreographed numerous works for Footnote Dance Company and the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
During the 80s he studied in New York with Erick Hawkins and in Japan with Butoh dancer Min Tanaka, and was a member of the company Stephen Petronio and Dancers 1983-84. In addition to being a leading teacher of contemporary dance technique, Michael has recently been developing the partner-improvisation forms PILOTING and TACTICS.
Alana is a multi-faceted artist originally from Te Whanganui a Tara and is 2nd generation Chinese in
cultural heritage. They are a dance graduate of Wellington Performing Arts Centre and Unitec,
Auckland and have an extensive background in Commercial and Contemporary dance. They have
danced for The Body Cartography Project (Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad), val smith, Vospertron
dance company, Alexa Wilson, Carol Brown, World of Wearable Art, The Wellington Freelance
Dance Collective, Dirtyfeet (Sydney), and Footnote NZ’s ChoreoCo. They are the founding
member of dance art group Mega Pash Action and the curator of performance art platform
S.A.M.P.L.E. (Some Artists Making Performance Laboratory Experiments).
Alana has also made and performed many of their own works as well as collaborated with various
artists through multiple platforms and events in NZ, London, Berlin, and Sydney. Their creative
practice is experienced and explored through a range of modalities and contexts including somatic
bodywork and making sculptural forms in the style of contemporary hand crafted piñatas. They are
also an avid pole dancer and teach Barre group fitness for Habit Health Majestic gym.
(Photographer - Hayley Rose)
Christina is a freelance contemporary dancer born and based in Pōneke/Wellington. She trained at the New Zealand School of Dance, where she graduated in 2017. Over the years Christina has performed and collaborated with artists such as Damien Jalet, Nagelhus Schia Productions, Chunky Move, Muscle Mouth, House of Sand, Java Dance Theatre, Good Company Arts, and New Zealand Dance Company. She is the co-creator of Creative Workshops NZ, where they offer contemporary dance workshops and intensives for the youth in Aotearoa. Christina is passionate about sharing her knowledge and curiosities with dance and enjoys creating a safe and inviting dance space for everyone.
Paekākāriki-based former Footnote NZ Dance dancer and emerging choreographer Georgia Beechey is embarking upon her latest adventure in dance – directing the collaborative dance work Wisdom of Waters.
As a dancer Georgia has been described as “genuinely mesmerising” (Theatreview) who “effortlessly steals the show with her attack and speed” (Theatre Scenes), and Human Dance is proud to support her transition into choreography.
Georgia leads Speaking Spines, an all-female collective based in Pōneke/ Wellington. A team of 11 multi-disciplinary artists have come to together to collaborate on this creation.
Eliza is a choreographer, dancer and teacher who trained at The New Zealand School of Dance. She is the co-artistic director of House of Sand for whom she has choreographed three ensemble dance works - Knitting While Sleeping (2016), Feet.Us (2017) & Fear of Eggs (2018), created, performed and extensively toured two multi award winning contemporary performance solos - Pedal.Peddle (2015) and Castles (2016), a series of improvised duets - Contents. Container (2019), a solo dance/design work - Sarah (2020), a 3hr dance/ performance art piece - Womb Man (2020) and a 4hr improvised gallery installation - e.motion (2020). She danced for 24 hours straight in all Hours and performed as an actor in REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN.
Eliza has created numerous works for QL2 Dance - This Poisoned Sea (2017), Bigger (2018), the Shape of Empty Space (2019) Footnote Dance Company - Not All who Launder are Washed - (2017), A Snail Watches Dust Particles in Sunlight (2018) in collaboration with James O’Hara and New Zealand School of Dance Sunflower Sutra (2017). As a performer Eliza has worked for Body Cartography, The Australian Dance Party, The World of Wearable Art, Battleground Productions, Little Dove Theatre Art (inc. Sound and Fury Ensemble) and Java Dance Theatre. Eliza is a certified Countertechnique teacher and is a key artist on the Make a Move program, working to improve dance education in schools for the Australian National Curriculum.
Performing Arts tutor at Whitireia New Zealand, a ‘Kaihaka’ for Ngā Taonga mai Tawhiti at the 2019 Te Matatini Festival, and former star of the web series POLY MOVEMENT – KANIKANIKANI.
Born and raised in Wainuiomata, Krystal was always drawn to the Kapa Haka scene. She was attracted by the sound, unity, fun, freedom and the opportunity to express herself and show-off her skills. Krystal an experienced dancer and performer who is a passionate and dedicated tutor.
Her students will not only learn beginner level waiata and haka, but also learn about how Māori cultural history is woven into waiata, haka, takahi, wiri, toroparawae, poi, and mau rakau.
ELIZA SANDERS, OPEN OPEN CONTEMPORARY
ANITA HUTCHINS is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and creator of dance
art. Anita was a member of the Bayerisches Staatsballett Munchen,
Netherlands Dans Theater II, The RNZB, and Phoenix Dance Theatre.
She continues to work on dance and choreography projects within NZ, has 11
years experience teaching dance, and completed a BA majoring in Philosophy