FOOTNOTE NEW ZEALAND DANCE
Choreographers: Joshua Rutter & Jeremy Nelson
Transfer continues Footnote New Zealand Dance’s established tradition of returning Kiwi artists home to make new and experimental work on the company’s dancers. Joshua Rutter transfers from Berlin and Jeremy Nelson from New York for this new double billing.
Once again, Footnote presents its work in a stripped-back Loft, wings removed and side lights exposed. It works better this season than for NOW 2016, with the majority of the focus remaining successfully centre stage.
The two works are strongly contrasted. Nelson’s Bridges and Doors draws inspiration from domestic architecture and our relationships with it. Pleasingly, the work is neither literal nor labourious. Bridges and Doors opens with a swift and engaging rolling section, with well-considered use of repetition and variation. The choreography is original and neat, and the sections of contact provide insight into the choreographer’s process and the dancers’ developing control. Intricacy and stillness through the evolving contact tableaux is the highlight of the Transfer season.
Rutter’s Tomorrow After All seems more of an experimental work. An extended and vigouous section of shaking was perfomed with admirable tenacity by Jeremy Beck. Imagery created by inflated bin liners, lighting and coloured wigs provided some interesting moments. Although there was very little dancing in this performance work, the audience was very much entertained and reacted with guffaws to the penis one dancer had drawn on his arm with felt pen.
Transfer continues its tour to Wellington on the 6th and 7th of July.