No.8 WIRE

A NEW DANCE WORK CELEBRATING KIWI INGENUITY AND THE RESOURCEFULNESS OF THE KIWI BLOKE IN RURAL NEW ZEALAND

The term No.8 Wire is a kiwi catch phrase originating from New Zealand’s farmlands where in urban legend farmers could fix anything with a piece of number 8 gauge wire. The saying has lodged itself in our vocabulary and has become synonymous with kiwi ingenuity and the kiwi bloke’s resourcefulness and inventiveness with whatever he has lying around. In No.8 Wire, Okareka Dance Company has created a dynamic work that celebrates our rural countryside. Farming lifestyle, rugged terrain and ingenious inventions inspire a movement vocabulary performed to a variety of string instruments. Harp, violin and cello compliment the parallels of the No.8 Wire as the rugged movements of the dancer move through an innovative design of space, choreography and sound.

No.8 Wire is Okareka Dance Company’s most recent work and is currently in the development and rehearsal process. World Premiere of No.8 Wire coming 2017.

2016

Not available for performance

2017

World Premiere  〉  2017

Dates and venues to be announced shortly

AVAILABILITY

No.8 Wire is available for future bookings from 2017 onwards.
For further information and to request a Media Pack please contact Rachael Penman, Okareka General Manager Rachael@okareka.com

CAST

MEET THE TEAM BEHIND No.8 WIRE

TAANE METE - CREATIVE AUTHOR
Ngati Kahungungu me Ngati Koroki

Taane Mete graduated with honours from the New Zealand School of Dance in 1988. His performing experience has seen him dance with companies such as Footnote Dance Company, Douglas Wright Dance Company, Taiao Dance Company, Fusion Dance Theatre, Michael Parmenter’s Commotion Dance Company, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Human Garden Dance Company, Mau Dance Company and Atamira Dance Collective. In 2005 and 2006 Taane worked as a television presenter for the program Takataapui. Taane graduated from the Leadership New Zealand Program in 2008 and continues to advocate a leadership role in the dance community. Now into his 30th year as a performer Taane continues to develop exciting new projects for the company repertoire.

TAI ROYAL - CREATIVE AUTHOR
Te Arawa, Kai Tahu, Ngati Rauwaka, Uenukukopako

Taiaroa trained at the New Zealand School of Dance, graduating in 1984. He has since performed with major dance companies both at home and abroad, including The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Douglas Wright, Michael Parmenter’s Commotion Dance Company, Black Grace, Orotokare and Atamira Dance Company. Tai has successfully choreographed many high profile events across Australasia including the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Arts Awards in Wellington, Auckland’s Christmas in the Park and over the past 3 years has choreographed operas for NZ Opera. Tai is also part of the teaching faculty at the UNITEC Bachelor of Performing Screen Arts, and has taught at The New Zealand School of Dance as well as many private dance schools.

SARA FOSTER-SPROULL - CREATIVE AUTHOR

sara-foster-sproullSarah Foster-Sproull is a graduate of New Zealand School of Dance. Her career to date has seen her work with Douglas Wright, Michael Parmenter, Raewyn Hill, Malia Johnston, Footnote, Kristian Larsen and Guy Ryan in New Zealand. In 2008 she returned from Europe where she worked with Frauke Requardt, Magpie Music Dance, Sylvain Meret and Dante or Die Theatre.
Sarah has made several choreographic works for Footnote Dance Company and the New Zealand School of Dance including Tragic Best (2010), I Changed (2010), Second Life (2010) and Crossed Fingers (2009). In 2009 Sarah was the choreographic fellow at the New Zealand School of Dance, where she has also been named distinguished graduate. In 2008 Sarah was named ‘Best Female Performer’ at the Tempo Dance Festival for her role in Michael Parmenter’s TENT.
In 2011 Sarah travelled to Tel Aviv to spend time at Batsheva Dance Company, funded by Creative New Zealand. And in 2012 received funding from Creative New Zealand to create and present her first full length work. In 2013 Sara became a founding member of the New Zealand Dance Company as a dancer and choreographer.

ELIZABETH WHITING - COSTUME DESIGN

Elizabeth Whiting headshotElizabeth has designed costumes for The NBR New Zealand Opera, Auckland Theatre Company, The Silo, Court Theatre, Okareka Dance Company, Red Leap Dance, Black Grace, Douglas Wright Dance, Michael Parmenter, Atimira and Shona McCullagh, and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. She designed costumes for Pop-Up Theatre in London which was performed at the Edinburgh Festival. Opera design credits include Faust, Carmen, La Bohème (twice), Falstaff, Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro (twice), Così Fan Tutte (NZO), Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci for the Opera 2011 winter season and Acis and Galatea, and Don Giovanni in 2013. Theatre design credits include In the Next Room, Mary Stuart, Well Hung, Equus, Cabaret, Into the Woods, Sweet Charity, Hair, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Duchess of Malfi, Pillow Man, My Name Is Gary Cooper, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Glass Menagerie, and Anne Boleyn (ATC); The Country Wife, La Cage aux Folles, The Great Gatsby and Cabaret (Court Theatre); Tartuffe, Top Girls, Three Days of Rain, Irma Vep, The Scene, Holding the Man, When the Rain Stops Falling, Assassins, and Tartuffe (The Silo).

RACHAEL PENMAN - GENERAL MANAGER / PRODUCER

Trained as a dancer and an also as a director in film and television, Rachael Penman has been a producer of theatre and dance since 1992. Working with NZ’s dance royalty MJ O Reilly, Douglas Wright, Shona McCullagh, and Neil Ieremia she worked as a stage manager, production manager and a producer. Rachael spent 5 years in London as a producer for West End Musical Theatre, with Bill Kenwright, and with her own theatre in the West End. She also advised for theatre companies around Europe. In 2005, Rachael came back to NZ to raise a family and moved into the commercial world of business and marketing. Rachael has been drawn back to her true love by the passion of Tai and Taane and their company Okareka and brings a wealth of international theatre touring and business experience to the company.