involves the talents and energies of a number of Auckland women. CURVE
aims to succeed by utilising the skills and ability of the dancers,
most of whom have trained and gained experience in other careers as
well as in dance. All CURVE dancers donate many hours to the co-ordination
and growth of the group and are committed to voicing perspectives and
creating new work. Each dancer is trained in performance, technique
and choreography and may also work in other professional companies when
rehearsal dates do not conflict.
They are each also
qualified with other tertiary training and relevant experience in such
areas as arts administration, cultural performance, production, visual
communication, languages and other artistic disciplines. In addition,
other local women contribute time to CURVE as rehearsal directors, teachers,
advisers, technical crew and understudies.
- Waimihi Hotere
Waimihi is an experienced actor, who graduated from Te Whaea NZ Drama
School in 1996. Her acting credits include Hone Kouka's Waiora
with which she travelled to Hawaii, Bluesmoke(2000 New Zealand
Festival), Mules at Downstage 2001, and He Taniwha Tino Pai
by Antonio Te Maioha. She tutors at Te Whaea, and has been involved
with Geoff Henderson's Urban Taniwha as a vocalist. Waimihishe performed
in The Underwater-Melon Man at the 2002 NZ Festival. Waimihi
made her directing debut in the recent Taki Rua Te Reo Maori season.
performing is a chance to express experiences in our lives, and invite
the audience to believe they too can own their experiences of Aotearoa.
She is looking forward to sharing her strengh in storytelling and informing
the project from a Maori perspective.
Becca has an extensive background in both performance art and communication
arts. She is committed to challenging conventions of presentation for
performance and the arts. She is particularly focussed on crossing art
forms and has participated in many projects that have utilised unusual
spaces and a mix of sound, projection, moving image and dance. Becca
is one of the founding members of Curve, and is currently co-directing
the collective with Kelly Nash. She has produced a number of dance and
multi-media performances and events over the past 5 years. 2003 has
seen her act as assistant to the Artistic Director for the America's
Cup Ball, co-producer of Soliton and tutor on the Year Two
Generic interdisciplinary projects at the UNITEC School of Performing
and Screen Arts.
Ngati Tukorehe, Ngati Raukawa
Dolina has been involved with Curve Dance Collective since 2000, although
she is yet to perform with the company. She was intrigued by 5 Girls
Called Doris, and felt it had a New Zealand flavour. She became
interested in what made this female group (mostly Pakeha) different
from female dance groups in Australia, USA or Europe. Dolina felt that
a study of the story of New Zealand, its biculturalism and cultural
issues would create a stronger sense of identity for Curve, and fuel
dance work uniquely and strongly of New Zealand.
from UNITEC School of Performing and Screen Arts in 1995. Since then
she has appeared in Atamira, Touch Compass's Lighthouse, and
Mary Jane O'Reilly's Limbs Retro.spective. Dolina has also danced
with Auckland Dance Company, and with NBR NZ Opera, in Vive Verdi.
Kelly Nash born in Auckland, New Zealand works as a freelance dancer
and choreographer, she is also a Healing and Reiki practitioner.
In the last year
she has joined Becca Wood in the Management and Artistic Direction of
Curve, an Auckland based dance company which she has been involved with
since 1997, founded by Karen Barbour. Kelly has had the privilege to
work with the many fantastic choreographers in New Zealand since graduating
from Unitec with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts in 1999.
A unique and dedicated
dancer, Kelly has worked with New Zealand's weath of talented choreographers,
including Douglas Wright - Inland; Anne Dewey - Queen Camel;
Shona McCullagh - Hurtle, Mad Angels; Daniel Belton -
Soundings, Lumin; Mary Jane O'Reilly - Limbs Retrospective,
Canopy; Morag Brownlie -Interdigitate, in both short films
and live performances.
Kelly has participated also with the groups Graduate Dance Company and
AhiWai, blending at times between roles of producer, choreographer and
In October 2002
Kelly performed in the Houston Grand Opera's performance of Ariodantein
America, before travelling to Mexico and Brazil. After the season with
Curve, Kelly will be working with Raewyn Hill in her show White
in Christchurch and Wellington.
with a disarming freshness and sense of wonder" -- NZ Listener
was particulary fine, giving an enigmatic performance of wonderful gravitas
and stillness" -- NZ Business Review 2001
is a deeply serious, intelligent peformer with the power to hold an
audience in rapt attention. Her gifts are rare" -- Douglas
Louise has a Bachelor of Arts in Maori Studies and a Bachelor of Performing
and Screen Arts with a major in Contemporary Dance from Unitec School
of Performing and Screen Arts. She has received an Aotea Trust Performing
Arts Award and the Te Rangi Hiroa prize from the University of Otago.
Since graduating from Unitec she has choreographed, produced and toured
the interdisciplinary performance Turanga in collaboration with
Rachael Rakena. She is also a member of Atamira Dance Collective and
has choreographed two works for the collective - Whare Tangata
and Te aroha me te mamae, both exploring the affects of colonisation
in different eras. Other recent work includes choreography for Navigating
Knowledge; the opening of the AUT Learning Centre officiated by
Helen Clark, Cluster; an interdisciplinary performance to celebrate
Matariki - the Maori New Year, and Solid presented at EIT Performing
Arts School and the Auckland Dance Festival 2002. Currently, Louise
is supported by Toi Maori Aotearoa as a Toi Maori Choreographer 2003.
Cindy is currently furthering her training in Klein Work in New York
CURVE was initiated by Karen in response to the lack of opportunities
for professional women in contemporary dance. Karen now works at The
University of Waikato http://edlinked.soe.waikato.ac.nz/staff/index.php?user=karenb
where she recently completed her PhD.
Susanne is currently living in Belgium and engages in dance and choreography
Malia studied at the University of Cantebury for her Bachelor of Science
Degree, while teaching jazz dance in her spare time. She moved to Auckland
in 1996 and completed a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts Degree
at UNITEC. Malia is a choreographer, and in 2002 presented a season
of her own work "Weather Vain People" and was principal choreographer
for the Wearable Arts Awards (2003-05).
Anna is currently exporing project work with Meg Stuart's Damaged Goods
Anja completed a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts Degree at UNITEC
and was invited to join CURVE in 1999. Anja also works on independent
Megan graduated with a National Diploma in Contemporary Dance from UNITEC
and dances freelance. Megan has danced in the television series Xena,
Warrior Princess, and for Sean Curham.