NZDC is abundant with highly creative movement, emotion, flow and strength. Contemporary dance at its finest. - Theatreview

Direct from the world premiere at Holland Dance Festival, the New Zealand Dance Company showcases unique creative voices in Whenua - a stunning double-bill which explores our relationship to the land and our natural environment.

Celebrated indigenous artist Rodney Bell (Ngāti Maniapoto) and acclaimed choreographer and Creative Director of World of WearableArt, Malia Johnston collaborate to create Imprint. Prepare to be entranced by their innovative choreography combined with captivating soundscape and digital design.

This new work will be paired with Eddie Elliott’s (Ngāti Maniapoto) Uku - Behind the Canvas which premiered in 2022 receiving rave reviews, making a distinct yet complimentary programme. Uku is inspired by the Māori Pūrākau (mythology) of Hineahuone, the first woman, created by Tāne-Mahuta from clay. This work explores the power of vulnerability and the strength within struggle.

Awaken your senses with Whenua – a breathtaking creation by three of Aotearoa’s most exciting choreographers.

There is a post-show talk on Saturday 9 March.

E whakatairangahia ana e Aotearoa New Zealand Dance Company ētehi o ngā tino kaitoi, reo auaha o Aotearoa, i roto i te whakaaturanga e kīia nei, ko Whenua. Ko Malia Johnston, ringatohu auaha o WOW rāua ko Rodney Bell, kaitoi iwi taketake, uri o Ngāti Maniapoto ngā kaihanga, ā, ka haere ngātahi me te whakaaturanga a Eddie Elliot o Maniapoto, ko Uku te ingoa. Whēakotia te kounga, te auaha, o ā rātou mahi.

Artist Credits

Spencer Earwaker - Production Manager

Ella Madsen Brough - Technical Operator

Andrew Furness - Stage Manager

Moss Patterson - Artistic Director/Chief Executive

Caroline Bindon - Artistic Manager

Katie Rudd - Dancer

Brydie Colquhoun - Dancer

Bianca Hyslop - Dancer

Jeremy Beck - Dancer

Kosta Bogoievski - Dancer

Eddie Elliott - Dancer

'Isope 'Akau'ola - Dancer


Malia Johnston & Rodney Bell - Choreography

Eden Mulholland - Composition

Rowan Pierce - AV, Spatial & Lighting Design

Uku – Behind the Canvas

Eddie Elliott - Choreography & Composition

Alistair Deverick - Composition

Jason Wright - Composition

Jo Kilgour - Lighting Design

Rona Ngahuia Osborne - Costume & Set Design

Thanks to


Tāwhiri Warehouse

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Post-show talk, Saturday 9 March.

Show duration 1 hr 35 mins. Includes interval

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