dance stories from here and now, consciously crafted by local artists

Waikato Contemporary Dance Projects Trust presents a collection of contemporary dance works integrating video, music and poetry on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd of September at 7.30pm at The Meteor Theatre.

Crafted in Waikato for our communities, these dance works weave live performance and projected images into the theatre space, including two new video dance works screened for the first time in Hamilton. handmade is suitable for dance fans of all ages.

Choreographer and filmmaker Marie Hermo Jensen presents Anew, filmed in the Italian Renaissance Garden at the Hamilton Gardens, and Karen Barbour presents Slow Drift filmed in Snow Canyon, Utah. These creative moving image works highlight the sensory experience of moving and responding to unique environments.

Local choreographers Karen Barbour, Helene Burgstaller, Gabriel Baker and Marie Hermo Jensen feature their live performance works in this collection and are joined by guest artist Zilly Robinson and dancers Georgia Nicholls, Jeff Sun, Courtney Richmond and Hunter-Laura Dennis.

Helene Burgstaller’s new duet From here to there explores the experience of a road trip, wondering about life journeys and the relentless passage of time. In Daughter, there will be no home, Gabriel Baker engages consciously with the looming threat of nuclear fallout and the personal impact on our bodies. Karen Barbour confronts the everyday the choices we make around food and wellbeing, bringing community activism to the stage in Making changes. This collection is completed with a playful group dance called Five Step, remixing jazz musicality, complex dance patterns and games.

Door sales are available and tickets may be booked at Prices: waged $18, unwaged $12 and children $10.

For more information contact:
Karen Barbour: email or and visit: and

The funding of Creative Waikato and the WEL Energy Trust is vital to this production, along with the support of Bizworx, The Meteor Theatre and Norwegian collaborators Stellaris DansTeater.