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Dancing as One

Royal New Zealand Ballet and Upsurge

Dancing As One
Wednesday 21 September at 6.00pm
Turner Centre, Kerikeri
Tickets: $30 full price, $25 Concession, $15 students
Duration: 60 minutes

Dave and Caroline say: We are honoured to have the country’s most prestigious dance company perform at Upsurge and inspire a new generation of dancers from Te Tai Tokerau.

Local tamariki share the Turner Centre stage with dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet.


Hari UP! [Hari (verb) (1) to dance (2) to be happy, delighted]


This show sees a large group of tamariki from our rohe create a story told in dance, music and movement with RNZB senior dance educator Lauren Byrne and local kapa haka expert Horace Maunsell. Children from Bay of Islands International Academy, Kerikeri Primary, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Taumārere and Oromahoe School have been working with Lauren and Horace since July, through the Ministry of Education’s Creatives in Schools scheme. They join together to present this work that speaks of their home.


In the first half of this evening, dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet will present The Autumn Ball, created by RNZB Choreographer in Residence Sarah Foster-Sproull, with original music by Eden Mulholland (Ngāti Uepohatu). Commissioned by the Wānaka Festival of Colour in 2021, The Autumn Ball is a joyful dance through the seasons and cycles of life, full of tenderness, grace and floor-filling fun.

Autumn Ball was an up-tempo frenetic burst of technicolour. The challenging fast-paced cross-stage work saw almost constant motion. Heart-warming and joyous.
Otago Daily Times