The New Zealand Dance Company presents

Night Light

13 AUG - 14 AUG 2020 — Dance



The New Zealand Dance Company


60 minutes; 20 minute interval


This production uses haze and contains partial nudity and strong language.

2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for the performing arts industry. Unfortunately, The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) has been forced to make a tough decision.
After much deliberation, NZDC has decided to cancel its season of Night Light. With rescheduling difficulties and uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions, postponing the season to another date in 2020 has not been possible. 
Scheduled to open on Thursday 13 August, the day after we were plunged into our second Level 3 lockdown, Night Light had secured a sold-out season with audiences just days away from showtime. Our thoughts are with the production’s artists and audiences as this decision is a huge disappointment for everyone. 
As you can imagine, the ASB Waterfront Theatre ticketing team is fielding a tremendous volume of requests and we greatly appreciate your patience, support and understanding. If you purchased your tickets online you will be refunded automatically, anyone else will be contacted by our ticketing team as soon as we can. If you are in a position to do so, we encourage you to consider donating the cost of your ticket(s) back to NZDC. 
On a positive note NZDC is intending to present Night Light in 2021, so please stay tuned for its return next year.


Indulge your senses in a complementary double bill that brings to life an ancient sequence of the natural world and an environment that exists between fiction and reality.

The Fibonacci by newly appointed NZDC co-Artistic Director Tor Colombus premieres in Auckland as “a dreamy terracotta performance” (Nexus) that explores the mathematical Fibonacci sequence. With a “movement vocabulary [that] is fluid and attractive, drifting effortlessly between the natural and the mechanical” (Theatreview), the work reveals a tapestry of pattern and form, which provokes a feeling of connection to something deeper than the detail of each individual action.

The world premiere of emerging Māori choreographer Eddie Elliott’s Uku – Behind The Canvas is a journey through the power of vulnerability and the strength within struggle. Eddie engages raw, confronting storytelling and draws from the pūrākau (storytelling) held within Te Ao Māori interwoven with NZSL (New Zealand Sign Language) and inspiration from visual artist Andy Denzler. Anticipation and intensity are at the heart of riveting movement paired with cleansing uku (clay), symbolising the relationship between Hineahuone and Tāne – where we’ve come from and where we will return.

An evening of earthy contrast by two dynamic New Zealand choreographers, Night Light will leave you in awe of the talent and artistry brewing right here on our shores.

Sponsors: Creative New Zealand, Foundation North, Auckland Council, Te Taumata Toi-a-iwi & Wellesley Studios

The Fibonacci was co-commissioned by NZDC and the Festival of Colour.

The creation of The Fibonacci was supported by the Susan Paterson Memorial Choreographic Commission, generously made possible by Jane Vesty, Brian Sweeney and Greg Fahey of SweeneyVesty

The Fibonacci

Tor Colombus


Rowan Pierce

Sound & Spatial Designer

Jo Kilgour

Lighting Designer

Elizabeth Whiting

Costume Designer

Uku - Behind The Canvas

Eddie Elliott

Choreographer & Composer

Alistair Deverick


Jason Wright


Calvin Hudson

Lighting Designer

Rona Ngahuia Osborne

Costume & Set Designer

Tūī Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield

Mātanga Mātauranga Māori


Carl Tolentino

Chrissy Kokiri

Katie Rudd

Ngaere Jenkins

Xin Ji

Toa Paranihi



Standard $25

NZDC is abundant with highly creative movement, emotion, flow and strength. Contemporary dance at its finest.
[In The Fibonacci] Every moment is a stunning and disciplined pattern, flaunting the effortless synergy of the dancers and perfectly complemented by Rowan’s Pierce’s epic sound design.
Regional News Wellington

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2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, but some have been more affected than others. NZDC’s “Get a Ticket, Give a Ticket” offering allows any ticket purchaser to finish their check out process by “gifting” a ticket to someone in need. Before your booking is complete, select the option of buying at least one $25 ticket on someone else’s behalf. NZDC will then manage subsidising tickets for artists, members of the community and students who may be struggling to attend the show otherwise.

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