Footnote New Zealand Dance presents

The Clearing

By Ross McCormack

31 OCT 2019 — Dance





70 minutes with no interval


Haze, parental guidance recommended for children under 13 years old.

From the creative brilliance of Arts Laureate Ross McCormack comes a darkly cinematic new work performed by renowned national dance company, Footnote New Zealand Dance. ​The Clearing is a dance-theatre work inspired by the mysterious energy that exists within forests, hollows and hills, and the supernatural stories we tell ourselves about these spaces. Set against a compelling score by acclaimed sound designer Jason Wright, the occupants of The Clearing are caught, sheltered and threatened within an otherworldly terrain. Here, in this precarious environment, they wrestle with the elements and with each other.

Like a beautifully shot, indie thriller film, The Clearing overflows with vivid imagery and mesmerising performances.

An absorbing piece of dance-theatre.” Dr Ian Lochhead, The Press

Every dancer is beautifully controlled, totally committed, and clearly connected to the piece and to each other.” Kerri Fitzgerald, DANZ

"Footnote...can place this work on the world stage.” Kerri Fitzgerald, DANZ


Georgia Beechey-Gradwell

Tyler Carney

Joshua Faleatua

Anu Khapung

Adam Naughton


Ross McCormack

Choreographer & Set Designer

Jason Wright

Sound designer

Lisa Maule

Lighting designer

Ross McCormack

Set designer

Rehearsal Director

Anita Hunziker

Dates &

Thu 31 Oct 8:00 PM

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