Verge, by New Zealand's Shona McCullagh, has a strong sense of place. Set to John Ritchie's sparkling Aquarius: Suite No. 2 for String Quartet, Verge is inspired by New Zealand's South Island landscape. Playful, youthful and exuberant, the movement style is a hybrid of ballet and contemporary dance.
The work features both high-energy solos and group work, and a slow central duet. Auckland-based theatre designer Elizabeth Whiting is responsible for the work's costumes. With a nod to the work's title, gossamer fabrics are coloured the green of new shoots. "Verge, the work of Auckland choreographer Shona McCullagh, was a delightful example of the audience instantly recognising a New Zealand voice in the highly articulate and beautifully crafted movement of the dance." - The Dominion Post
Choreography: Shona McCullagh
Costume Design: Elizabeth Whiting
Lighting Design: Jason Morphett
Music: Aquarius: Suite No. 2 for String Orchestra John Ritchie