Trio of dances to delight


THE magical combination of movement, music and dance will light up the stage at the Scottish Hall during this year’s Southland Arts Festival.

Wellington-based company Footnote New Zealand Dance returns to present the new work Search Engine this month.

The performance would feature a diverse programme of three short works, dancer Georgia Beechey-Gradwell said.

The first would be a duet called Night Swim and had been choreographed by Rose Philpott, followed by Tupua Tigafua’s Home Sweet Home and Disconnect by Lauren Langlois.

“They’re all really varied, but they all have that running theme of connection, searching for the connection within each other and the community and yourself.”

Beechey-Gradwell said the company began working on Search Engine in February and would begin its national tour this week.

Instead of a traditional set up for the performance, she said the stage would be three-sided and the audience would be close to the action.

“I think that will make it personable and really interactive. We’re right there, really close up.

“It’s going to be quite stunning, I think, because there’ll be a back projection and a floor projection which should bring the whole thing to life in a different way.”

Sound designs for the performance had also been created by three different composers, Jesse Austin-Stewart, Harry Benson-Rae and Jimi Wilson.

“They worked with us in the studio throughout the whole process and kind of made the music alongside while the movement was being choreographed.

“It’s a real privilege to have that. They fit together really well.”

Beechey-Gradwell joined the company at the beginning of last year and is one of five dancers who will bring Search Engine to life.

She said it would be a family-friendly performance and with three interesting works there would be something in it for everyone.

Along with performing Search Engine, Beechey-Gradwell said the company would also be holding a free masterclass for those interested in dance.

“That’s something that we really encourage.”

For more information about the masterclass, check out the Southland Festival of the Arts Facebook page.

Search Engine, Scottish Hall, Saturday, May 12, 6.30pm. Book at TicketDirect.

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