Witness history through bodies of the future.
Limbs@40 celebrates the founding by Chris Jannides in 1977 of ground-breaking New Zealand modern dance company Limbs, whose compelling choreographic style and tenacity for refusing to be ignored put both them and contemporary dance on the map across New Zealand.
This re-embodying of some of their most iconic works features choreography developed for the Limbs repertoire by resident dancer/choreographers MaryJane O’Reilly (QSM), Douglas Wright (NZ Arts Laureate, MNZM) and Mark Baldwin (OBE, Artistic Director of the prestigious Rambert Dance Company in London).
Knee Dance and Quartet by Wright: Poi, Talking Heads and Moth by O’Reilly and Melting Moments by Baldwin, are brought to life on stage by Years 2 & 3 and post-graduate students from the New Zealand School of Dance, Unitec Performing and Screen Arts Programme and University of Auckland Dance Studies Programme.
Limbs@40 is part of a multi-day celebration during Tempo 2017 which acknowledges and commemorates Limbs Dance Company’s legacy and influence in New Zealand contemporary dance.
Other events include the launch of the book "Limbs Dance Company, 1977 - 1989, Dance for All People" written by Limbs dancer Marianne Schultz, displays of historic photographs and ephemera, a dance exhibition at Auckland Library, a Limbs talk by Limbs founder Chris Jannides and a Limbs reunion dinner.