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Wed 12 Mar 2008–Sat 15 Mar 2008, 8:00pm–9:15pm

Where: St James Theatre, 77-87 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Ticket Information:

  • A: $86.50
  • A/FR: $81.50
  • B: $76.50
  • B/FR: $71.50
  • C: $61.50
  • D: $41.50
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Olivia Bruce

A community of eight dancers - men and women - twist and stomp, illuminated by shifting streams of dazzling white light. Arms fling overhead and torsos tremble as the group whirls with impressive fervour in response to the eight pure and ethereal a capella voices of the esteemed Boston Camerata, who perform live on stage.

Borrowed Light by Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen is an arresting work, a strikingly poetic exploration of strong communal values, austerity and devotion inspired by the Shakers.

Saarinen is a highly sought after choreographer, having worked with some of the most prestigious dance companies in the world, including the Netherlands Dance Theatre, the Lyon Opera Ballet and Batsheva Dance Company. He is also regarded as one of the most brilliant dancers of his generation, his work a captivating blend of ballet, butoh and Western contemporary dance.

In Borrowed Light a pared-back, stylish aesthetic imbues the black and white staging, crisp choreography and stirring hymns. Light is a common theme of Saarinen's work, and Borrowed Light refers to the Shaker architectural practice of putting in interior windows to "borrow" light from adjacent rooms that have natural daylight.

Borrowed Light is the crowning glory of Saarinen's repertoire - not to be missed.

Choreography Tero Saarinen
Original Shaker music edited, arranged and directed by Joel Cohen

Photo credit - Dee Conway

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