The New Zealand Dance Company presents

Night Light

3 SEP - 4 SEP 2021 — Dance



The New Zealand Dance Company


80 minutes, including one 20 minute interval


This production uses haze and contains strong language

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 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.

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


Jo Kilgour

Lighting Designer

Rona Ngahuia Osborne

Costume & Set Designer

Tūī Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield

Mātanga Mātauranga Māori


Carl Tolentino

Chrissy Kokiri

Katie Rudd

Ngaere Jenkins

Toa Paranihi

Amit Noy



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