Dance company creates a mysterious new world

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Footnote New Zealand dancer Tyler Carney performs in the company's new production of The Clearing. Photo: Carline Atkinson

FOOTNOTE New Zealand Dance is bringing its “alluring and perplexing” work The Clearing to Invercargill next week.

It is the contemporary dance company’s first full-length work since 2016.

“It will be an unforgettable experience,” Footnote NZ Dance general manager Richard Aindow said.

“It is a show we hope people will be talking about for a long time to come.”

Footnote begins its national tour of The Clearing in Ashburton on Saturday before heading to Invercargill next Thursday.

The Clearing was created by choreographer Canterbury-born Ross McCormack.

Aindow said McCormack had created a mysterious new world.

A preview of the work was performed in Upper Hutt last Friday in front of an audience of about 150 people, he said.

Audience feedback was the piece felt like a film or a thriller, he said, with some people likening it to season three of the Netflix series Stranger Things

The Clearing features the company’s five full-time dancers.

“This [work] was a culmination of three years of the dancers working together, he said.

“This will be the last chance to see them together.”

Last year, the company performed Search Engineat the Scottish Hall in Invercargill as part of the Southland Arts Festival.

Aindow said the company had a “fantastic experience” in Invercargill last year, performing to a full house.

Footnote NZ Dance is the country’s longest-running contemporary dance company, founded by Deirdre Tarrant in 1985. It is known for creating and commissioning bold new work by New Zealand artists.

The Clearing, SIT Centrestage Theatre, July 25.

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