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Riverside Theatres Presents The New Zealand Dance Company


Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 13 May - 16 May 2015

Featuring City of Holroyd Brass Band


staffpickyellowHe toa taumata rau / Courage has many resting places (Maori Proverb)

An iconic symbol of early 20th Century community, Rotunda brings to life the world of the band rotunda – a place where memories of love and loss were often rekindled.

Enter the City of Holroyd 24 piece live brass band performing a range of heartfelt hymns and stunning new brass works. Enter eight contemporary dancers from The New Zealand Dance Company with an energy that is raw and inspiring. They collide beautifully in Rotunda, a vivid piece of dance theatre that marks the centenary of New Zealand and Australia’s involvement in the First World War.

This poignant and moving work is a living memorial to the thousands of innocent young Australian and New Zealander men who gave their lives or were left traumatised by the often ill-planned battles of The Great War and the women who set about running the country with aching hearts and dread that their men might not return.

Presented by Riverside Theatres  by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia with support from Creative New Zealand’s Touring Australia initiative

“…a troupe of terrific dancers, as interesting as they are talented…another fierce and fabulous strike for professional and profound contemporary dance in New Zealand.” The New Zealand Herald

Dates & Times:
Wednesday 13 May 8pm
Thursday 14 May 8pm
Friday 15 May 8pm
Saturday 16 May 2pm* & 8pm

* Dance Circle at 12:30pm



Want to learn more about dance? Riverside and FORM Dance Projects have teamed up with Vicki Van Hout to present a series of pre-show talks throughout 2015. Join the Dance Circle and meet a group of like-minded people interested in the dance world. You will meet the choreographers and dancers, learn more about the companies, the performance and dance behind the scenes.

Admission is FREE – simply show your ticket to any of the performances in the season of each show.

Saturday 16 May
Arrive at 12:30pm for a 12:45pm start (duration 45 minutes)
The performance will commence at 2pm following the Dance Circle interview

Come along and spend some time talking with Shona McCullagh, one of New Zealand’s outstanding cross platform artists and the co-founder and Artistic Director of The New Zealand Dance Company. Shona is an innovative choreographer for dance, theatre and film and also a director, dance filmmaker, teacher and interactive installation artist.

Shona is the choreographer of Rotunda, which features the beautiful collision of a live brass band with the raw power of contemporary dance, timed to honour the Gallipoli landings in 1915.

Whilst you’re chatting with Shona the company dancers will be warming up on stage and will pop down to say a quick hello.


Vicki Van Hout is a Wiradjuri descendant. Vicki is a graduate of NAISDA Dance College and the Martha Graham School Of Contemporary Dance, NYC. After graduating in NYC in 1993 Vicki returned to Australia to perform with Bangarra Dance Theatre. Wirad’journi was Vicki’s first full-length work, inspired by Wiradjuri kinship laws. She has choreographed for ATYP, Pulse8, NAISDA, WAAPA, the Helpmann Awards and Quantum Leap.


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Director and Concept
Shona McCullagh

Shona McCullagh and the dancers of The New Zealand Dance Company

Chrissy Kokiri
Lucy Lynch
Chris Ofanoa
Gareth Okan
Katie Rudd
Hannah Tasker-Poland
Tupua Tigafua
Carl Tolentino
Georgie Goater (Understudy)
Aloalii Tapu (Understudy)
Lisa McFarlane (Secondee)
Taniroa Motutere (Secondee)

Set Designer
Joe Bleakley

Costume Designer
Jane Holland

Lighting Designer
Paul O’Brien

Audio Visual Designer
Augusto Ltd

Musical Director
Don McGlashan

Marc Taddei

Cameron Lee

Michelanne Forster

Rehearsal Directors
Michael Parmenter
Caroline Bindon

Production Manager
Paul O’Brien

Stage Manager
Lesley Bandy

Lighting/Sound Operator
Jonny Cross

Vocal Coach
Sylvia Rands

Company Photographer
John McDermott

Company Tutors
Michael Parmenter
Ross McCormack
Nicci Mcewan
Carl Tolentino

Featuring City of Holroyd Brass Band


The music is performed by the City of Holroyd Brass Band. The score consists of contemporary brass music from New Zealand composers Gareth Farr, John Ritchie and Don McGlashan. Traditional hymns are woven into this stunning score to conjure the emotional landscape of a seminal time in our nation’s history. The following musical works are performed during Rotunda.

  • Flourish For An Occasion by John Ritchie
  • Invercargil lby Alex Lithgow
  • Invercargill Deconstructed by Alex Lithgow, arr. Don McGlashan
  • Tawhirimatea by Gareth Farr (recorded by the National Youth Band of New Zealand, conducted by Nigel Weeks)
  • Coventry Carol by Trad, arr. Don McGlashan
  • E Pari Ra (sung) by Paraire Tomoana, arr. Don McGlashan
  • Jerusalem by William Blake/Hubert Parry, arr. Don McGlashan
  • Threnody by John Ritchie
  • Flourish Homecoming by John Ritchie, arr. Don McGlashan
  • Colne by Thomas Rive
  • Nimrod, from Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar, arr. Denis Wright
  • Chorale Prelude #1 by Johannes Brahms

All other incidental music by Don McGlashan.

Presented by Riverside Theatres by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia with support from Creative New Zealand’s Touring Australia initiative

Rotunda Webisodes



Dancers and army band bring Anzac spirit to life…You can’t help but be mesmerised by the powerful and raw talent that is the New Zealand Dance Company. – Bay of Plenty Times

“Superb salute to courageous Anzacs.” –

Rotunda is an accessible major dance work, which combines dynamic contemporary dance, an evocative narrative, big brass music and creative technical elements.” –

…an inspiring company with high-calibre dancers.” –

The choreography by Shona McCullagh was incredibly clever and vibrant and the eight dancers brought out the precise emotion though it.”-

The choreography by Shona McCullagh was incredibly clever and vibrant…” –

…the result is an exhilarating performance that is not only accessible to non-dance audiences, but also a fitting tribute to the Anzac spirit.–

A man and his dead mate execute one of the most moving pas de deux of the performance.–

…a compelling account of a country devastated by war.–

…an effective and efficient combination of hard-edged contemporary dance with the old-fashioned institution of the brass band.– The Advertiser

The band entered in a blaze of brassy glory, marching down the aisles and up on to the stage.” – The Advertiser


DanceLife chats to Artistic Director Shona McCullagh – Read here


We want to hear your story.

We are calling for the names of the fallen, the survivors who returned from World War One, and the women who served at home. Do you have a family member who fits the brief? Please tell us about them, we want to know your story. Each name we receive will be projected on a commemorative veil in the theatre prior to each performance of Rotunda.

Lest we forget….honour your relative below.


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