6.30pm, 26 February
Entry - koha
After touring in China with Hemispheres last year, we can’t wait for New Zealand audiences to experience this exceptional show. Especially as, thanks to support from Asia New Zealand Foundation and sponsorship from the China Cultural Centre, we are able to offer entry to all performances by koha (donation). This is a very rare opportunity to see outstanding work by international and New Zealand artists with a simple donation on the door. We are over the moon to be able to present Hemispheres in this way.
A collision of artists from both sides of the Pacific Ocean: Hemispheres is an impressive international collaboration between the longest-running contemporary dance companies in New Zealand and in China. Hemispheres is headlined by Mass Solitude, an astounding new work choreographed by Sarah Foster-Sproull and performed by both companies. Mass Solitude showcases the technical mastery of detailed movement that is a signature of Chinese dance companies, with the powerful physicality that New Zealand dancers are renowned for across the world. Adding to the evening of exceptional artistry is Elliptical Fictions, choreographed by New Zealander Zahra Killeen-Chance and excerpts from The Spring Tide, choreographed by Taiwanese artist WU Chien-Wei.
Mass Solitude (群孤) returns to forgotten movement rituals as a way of connecting with each other beyond language and technology. Here, human proximity and surveillance are our key means of communicating and belonging to the group. Mass Solitude is a movement meditation on connection and isolation. Within it we look at how people might interact whilst under constant observation, and consider what might inspire us to rebel, escape, or commit ourselves further into the folds of the community.
The Spring Tide (excerpts):
Finding the balance between contemporary and tradition: The Spring Tide portrays the journey of an upcoming generation. Riding on the wave of a new era, they uncover their bright future through perseverance and bravery. In an honest and hopeful look to the future, choreographer WU Chien-Wei has created a truly compelling tale of courage in the face of change.
Drawing on her research during a three-month residency in Taipei in 2017, Zahra Killeen-Chance creates a mesmerising world in her work Elliptical Fictions. Grounded in the idea of opposition, Elliptical Fictions is an exploration of the curve evolving out of the line, and the line evolving out of the curve. Adding to her hypnotic work is projected imagery by legendary New Zealand artist Richard Killeen, Zahra’s father, whose work has exhibited widely internationally and across Aotearoa. This is the first time he has collaborated with his daughter. With sound design by accomplished Wellington composer Emi Pogoni, Elliptical Fictions brings together a potent combination of New Zealand creativity.
Our bars have a selection of New Zealand wines and beers as well as juices, water, light snacks and ice creams. The bars will be closed five minutes before the show’s published start time.
We pride ourselves on being one of the most accessible venues in the city. We have flat access through our main doors and staff are more than happy to help with the doors if needed. Taxis can drop off and pick up patrons from outside these doors and we can order a taxi for you after the show.
There are accessible toilets on the lower level and a roomy lift provides access both to these facilities and to the Stalls seating. Seats in the Circle are accessed via several flights of stairs so we recommend patrons with mobility difficulties book seats in the Stalls.
We have seven dedicated wheelchair spaces and our events are available via an augmented hearing assistance system.
We also have opera glasses available for hire for $5 at the Box Office – just ask when you come in.
We encourage our patrons to discuss their needs with us so we can ensure they enjoy the show.
People come to the Regent Theatre to have a great night out. So everyone has a good time, we ask all our patrons to be courteous to those around them.
- Please turn off all your electronic devices before you come into the auditorium.
- If you have taken snacks from our bar back to your seat, try not to rustle when the house lights go down.
- If you are late to a show, get comfortable in our bar area until we can turn the house lights back on so you can find your seat.
- Camera flashes occasionally make performers stumble – over their lines or their feet – so we prefer that you don’t use flash (or any other) photography.
- Please keep your feet on the floor – someone counting the beat on the back of your seat can be distracting.
- Dancing in the aisles sounds like fun but it might make our Circle collapse. If you really need to dance (and it’s the right sort of show), please book seats in the Stalls or make your way out to the foyer.
- We encourage you to introduce your children to the arts, but please also teach them to watch and listen quietly and peacefully.