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27 - 30 July



Presented By House of Sand.

Undo to begin. UNDOING is a dance manifestation of wild abandonment and initiation brought to you by the award winning cutting edge contemporary performance company House of Sand.

A sensory ensemble experience articulated by a visual spectacular of limbs, passion and theatricality. UDOING is absurd, strange and raw. It punctures the seriousness of contemporary dance by highlighting the joy, sensual pleasure and general absurdity of the body. Unleashing and unpacking the lingering scream in the pits of ourselves.

Aware of its own absurdity and whimsy, UNDOING infuses a lightness and humour while also allowing audiences space to be swept away by the honest emotional energy and crashing intimate vulnerability of dance. Showcased by a visceral and powerful display of virtuosic craft and play, this show features an impressive ensemble cast of 10 dancers from the Põneke dance scene at the height of their technical ability.

All the dancers are, of course, impeccable. They each give spice, joy, strength, and absurdity to us in their own way.
Emilie Hope

House of Sand have a reputation for creative risk and care for community in their work. UNDOING aims to bring the audience and artists closer together to share in subtle and tender ways to interact with the presence of human bodies in a shared space without the need to touch or physically engage.

UNDOING (previously titled So you'll never have to wear a concrete dressing gown) was commissioned and first presented by the New Zealand School of Dance as part of Graduation Season 2021, with financial assistance from the Australian High Commission.

House of Sand.

Created, Directed and Choreographed by Eliza Sanders

Devised by the ensemble of dancers.

Designer: Brynne Tuker-Poland

Composer: Jackie Jenkins

Graphic Design: Ben Emerson

Photography: Sarah Kaye Photography and Stephen A'Court

Photography: Stephen A'Court
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Photography: Stephen A'Court
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Photography: Stephen A'Court
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Photography: Stephen A'Court