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Blueprint

About the project

Blueprint explores a unique and entertaining fusion of hip hop & contemporary dance. Graduates of the NZ School of Dance & well known to hip hop communities worldwide, Blueprint was originally choreographed and performed by Toa Paranihi and Connor Masseurs. The show premiered in the Wellington Fringe in 2018 and has been seen in Wellington, Auckland, San Diego & Tijuana.

A show exposing the relationship between an artist/s and their art while finding self-confidence within your own internal and external identity as a Maori and Pasifika Male. Blueprint not only pushes the “traditional” structure of how dance can be perceived but is a throughway for audiences to recognize that contemporary dance can be fun, unique and explorative outside of the traditional confinements. Straying away from the “art” of contemporary dance and instead encouraging a playfulness, strength, and personality is important to our team.

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Team
Creators/Performers: Connor Masseurs, Toa Paranihi
Beatboxing: Molly Mason
Technical Director: Mattias Olofsson
Producer: Liv Chan

Show/s
Te Auaha, Wellington 21 – 24 March 2018
Lyceum Theatre, San Deigo, 22 June – 1 July 2018
Pasaje Rodriguez, Mexico, 23 June 2018

Awards
NZ Fringe Tour Ready Award – San Diego/Mexico
PANNZ Arts Market Award
Toi Pōneke Summer Residency

Review/s
“The choreography is slick, The movement different, The concept innovative.” – Donna Banicevich Gera Theatreview

“Blueprint is an entertaining, accessible and experimental piece of dance.” – Leah Maclean, Dance Aotearoa New Zealand
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