Transfer is a show comprised of two new works from New Zealand choreographers Jeremy Nelson (New York) and Joshua Rutter (Berlin). This season presents a rare opportunity to see dance by two exceptional artists who are not often in the Antipodes. Footnote New Zealand Dance has returned them home to draw on their international experience and bring their latest ideas to life through movement. I caught up with choreographer Joshua Rutter as Footnote’s season opened in Auckland.
How has working with Footnote changed life for you this year?
It made me realise how amazing it would be to have a dance company to work with all the time.
How did you come to the decision that contemporary dance was the career for you?
I think I've stuck with it because I enjoy working with the body and performance in many different ways, which dance allows for these days, whilst still being nominally identifiable.
What do you like most about your profession?
Probably the training. It’s a pleasure to regularly undertake focused psycho-physical activities, and also to be able to critically analyse them and change them if need be.
If you could dance any role in any dance work, what would it be?
I've been jealously eyeing up one of the solos in Tallulah Holly-Massey’s new work which is coming up at the Basement, as a part of the triple bill Sunset Affair.
What’s your advice for an audience member seeing contemporary dance for the first time?
Drink some wine first.
Footnote New Zealand Dance
What’s the most challenging thing about working in dance in NZ?
There isn't really any kind of professional support structure, outside of the Creative New Zealand lucky dip, or formal discursive forum for dialogue and exchange. I think the University programmes are starting to address this; for instance, the upcoming Undisciplining Dance conference.
What’s one secret the public doesn’t know about choreographers?
They don't know the steps!
What are your recommendations for NZ's best;
- place to get a coffee?
- activity that costs nothing?
Walking around. Seriously.
- place to buy a killer outfit?
Search and Destroy in St Kevin’s Arcade.
cred: Caroline Atkinson