Absurdity of Humanity
About the project
In 2016, The New Zealand Dance Company presented its most provocative and poetic season yet, The Absurdity of Humanity. Artistic Director Shona McCullagh coupled the striking works of Ross McCormack (Matter) and Lina Limosani (Whispers from Pandora’s Box) to form a stageblazing trans-Tasman double bill, which premiered in Auckland at Q Theatre in August 2016.
Matter by Ross McCormack (Creative New Zealand’s 2015 Choreographic Fellow) is a work that is inspired by several multi-disciplinary artists and draws on relationships with different environments. Created by one of New Zealand’s finest and internationally acclaimed dance artists with an absurdist eye for detail, McCormack says “I am fascinated with how humans can bestow this importance and have almost cathartic experiences with seemingly benign objects.” In this highly anticipated theatrical work, questions of purpose, indecision, and environment are contemplated within a surreal world of poles, appearing as spear-like plinths forcing the space apart.
Whispers from Pandora’s Box by Australia’s Lina Limosani (2015 Dame Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Award recipient) is a theatrical exposition on the dichotomy of good and evil within human nature. With a score created from mashed up film soundtracks and absurdist scores, this black comedy contains Elizabethan-period inspired costumes, David Lynch style elements, and shockingly timed fight sequences. It promises to present both the macabre and humorous. Kill Bill meets Elizabeth I in this romp of surreal and action-packed pandemonium.
Whispers from Pandora’s Box Composer- Jason Wright; Lighting Designer- Jo Kilgour; Costume Designer-Donna Jefferis
Matter: Composer- Jason Wright, Lighting Designer- Jo Kilgour, Costume Designer-Vicki Slow
Taranaki Arts Festival, TSB Showplace, New Plymouth
ASB Theatre Marlborough
Christchurch Arts Festival, Aurora Centre
Wellington, Opera House