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Shine Lady
Spinning Sun/ Ann Dewey (NZ)

  • Venue: Dunstan Playhouse
  • When: Wed 29 Feb 12:15 PM - 12:40 PM
  • Genre: Dance
  • Main Audience: All Ages
  • No. in touring party: 5

Shine Lady

Bringing to life the striking images of female divinity including the Madonna and the Hindu goddess’ Kali and Pavarti, Shine Lady traces and explores the cycles of human life. Full of strange surprises, humour and pathos, this new work creates an otherworldly experience designed to entrance and inspire  audiences of all ages.

Shine Lady is primarily an abstract contemporary dance for three performers, but so rich in imagery and detail that it is a joy to watch. The set, designed by Mike Petre, is a magical series of wooden boxes, with turned legs and apendages illuminated from within by remote controlled LED. lights. The music is a bizarre journey from Bach cello suites, PJ Harvey, Bandicoot (3 NZ schoolkids), to infectious gypsy romps.

“Dewey’s work is idiosyncratic and unique, its inner coherence and artistry and joy to watch.” – Francesca Horsley, NZ Listener.

“Gorgeous dancers…..a bejewelled celebration of the primordial feminine cosmic energy” - Bernadette Rae, NZ Herald.

“Overall, the audience is left with the impression of witnessing something which is far above and beyond the everyday world.” – Roxanne de Bryun, Theatreview.

Spinning Sun

Spinning Sun was founded in 2000 by Artistic Director Ann Dewey, to provide a structure for contemporary dance performances, workshops and classes. Since this time the company has performed throughout New Zealand and has begun to venture overseas, offering performances and workshops. The company is renowned for producing high quality, accessible dance and regularly enjoys sell-out seasons.

The vision of the company is summed up in three words: “Involve, Enlighten and Entertain”. They are passionate about sharing their love of contemporary dance with everyone and are actively are involved with education projects that reach those who would not usually have access to contemporary dance. The company currently works with a pool of professional dancers and  regularly commissions original musical scores and set designs from leading New Zealand composers and designers.

Previous works include the 2000 tour of Nine Daises to 49 gardens throughout the NZ & the UK;  the 2008 tour of Flicker to Leigh, Auckland, Christchurch, Nelson, Tauranga and New Caledonia (2009); the 2011 tour of Shine Lady  to Leigh, Auckland, Christchurch Body Festival and the tempo° festival of dance as well as premiere seasons of Queen Camel (2003), Paper Tiger (2007), Left and Right (2009) and The Herring’s Tale (2010).

Photo: Marshall Lefferts


Michelle Lafferty
Artist Representative, Elephant Publicity
PO Box 91814
Auckland Mail Centre
New Zealand