Shapes of the past, journeys of exile and creative resilience, gestures of hope and defiance: LOST + FOUND [dances of exile] is a performance event for people on the move.

In hidden and unknown spaces throughout Q Theatre, a choreographic journey unfolds as dancers re-enact traces of dance archives embedded in a multi-sensory installation.

Flashing by as if in a moment of danger, dancers encounter the archives of Shona Dunlop-MacTavish and the Bodenwieser Tanzgruppe (who fled Vienna in 1938), through live and recorded music, video, image and dance. A moving story of survival and hospitality unfolds through this site-specific event that haunts the edges of the stage.

With a sound design by Russell Scoones, performance design by Kasia Pol and movement direction by Thomas Kampe, the edges of Q Theatre resonate with voices, images and gestures in a contemporary blast from the past.  

The performance is complimented by a documentary film that will run during the festival. Filmed by Meek Zuiderbyk and edited by Owa Barua, the film releases archival images from the Bodenwieser Tanzgruppe through The New Zealand Dance Company dancers reinhabiting of the legacy

Please note this event contains strobe effect and is not suitable for patrons with access requirements


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