About the project
Connor and Toa, created S.U.B. (Salubrious Unified Brotherhood) in their final year at the New Zealand School of Dance. The work is a fusion of contemporary and hip hop. It was generated through tasks that Tor Columbus gave the duo to see how their movement was affected by different forms of music. Together they formed this contemporary piece that explores four contrasting genres of dance, which express what the human body is capable of.
Connor Masseurs, Toa Paranihi with tasks by Tor Columbus
Auckland Arts Museum festival
Mangere Arts Centre, 22 – 23 June 2017
NZ School of Dance 50TH Anniversary Graduation Season 24-25 Nov 2017
“a river of movements that flow from jagged power to raging grace. Paranihi and Masseur bring an attitude and energy that demands attention. They not only dance from their bodies, but their facial expressions startle and engage the audience, too. Their synchronisation is meticulous, to the point where I wonder if an underlying theme is mirroring or reflection. Are they expressing two contrasting qualities, that is, the opposite halves, of the Self? A riveting and dynamic performance.” – Ria Masae, Theatreview