We've got an extra Meet the Cast post for you this week ahead of the WIRED premiere at Q tomorrow: Oliver Carruthers
"Oliver Carruthers graduated from Unitec in 2017 with a BPSA majoring in Contemporary Dance. During his time there he had the opportunity to work with a variety of choreographers including Michael Parmenter, Douglas Wright, Mary-Jane O’Reilly, Claire O’Neil, Malia Johnston, Kelly Nash, Tupua Tigafua, Tim Podesta, Charles Koroneho, Katie Burton, Louise Potiki-Bryant and Joshua Cesan.
Oliver has had a heavy involvement in Tempo Dance Festival, performing in various shows over the past 3 years. In 2016 his work ‘Jargon’ was selected to be performed in ‘Alchemy’, and in 2017 performed in ‘Limbs@40’, a reunion show celebrating the acclaimed Limbs Dance Company performing works by Wright and O’Reilly.
His self-choreographed solo ‘Not’ won both the Wallace Arts Best Solo Performance Award and Standout Performer Award in Short and Sweet Dance Festival 2017 and was asked to be performed in whY Chromozone in Tempo Dance Festival.
Oliver has performed in the BBC’s ‘Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular’ at Vector Arena, was a dancer in the New Zealand TV series of ‘Hillary’ and had a speaking role in the American TV series ‘Ash v Evil Dead’. In March of this year, he will feature in the New Zealand Dance Company’s world premiere of Michael Parmenter’s ‘OrphEus – a dance opera’.
Oliver has had a rich history with Okareka Dance Company including performing in their full length work ‘Kirihimete o Te Rangatahi’ and is thrilled to be performing in ‘Wired’ as his first professional dance show since graduating from full time dance training."
"Aloalii Tapu is a dancer and choreographer from Otara, South Auckland. He is of Samoan descent - his mother is from Solosolo and father Saleilua. Aloalii has been freelancing in Berlin, Germany and New Zealand since graduating from UNITEC with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts in 2014. Aloalii has a passion for youth mentoring and has worked in South Auckland as a mentor/academic coach.
Aloalii has danced for acclaimed New Zealand artists such Justin Haiu, Tanemahuta Gray, Claire O'neil and Michael Parmenter.
He often works alongside the acclaimed German choreographer, Christoph Winkler. In March 2016, with the direction of Christoph, Aloalii developed and premiered his solo work, "Urban Soul Cafe" in Berlin. In November 2016, he was the recipient of the Der Faust Award for the Best Dance Performance which is considered the highest honour in German theatre. In 2017, Aloalii toured "Urban Soul Cafe" in theatres and festivals around Germany.
Aloalii has a passion for dance-theatre, experimental film and improvised dance. His work “An Ode To Auntsui”, he choreographed on Freshmans Dance Company premiered in April 2017. His new full-length solo work "Goodbye Naughton" will premiere in June 2018."
One week left until WIRED premieres in Auckland. We've been busy rehearsing and documenting the process from behind the scenes. Thank you to WIRED performer Aaron Burr Circus for getting some great snaps of our rehearsals.