Choreographic Research Aotearoa

A meeting ground and project space for dancers, choreographers, performing artists and scholars, hosted by the Dance Studies Programme.

Image: Carol Brown.

About Choreographic Research Aotearoa

Dedicated to research and critical practice in dance, CRA hosts seminars, workshops, performances and a creative research salon. CRA emphasises an engagement with process and dialogue, encouraging a dynamic and diverse approach to dance through indigenous ways of knowing, inter-disciplinarity, inter-cultural exchange and performance.

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Upcoming events

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Sur Sur

Museum of Contemporary Art Santiago, Chile

17 November -  3rd December 2017, MAC Parque Forestal 

Opening: 16 November 19:30 
Performances:  17th – 19th November

Symposium: 17th Nov 17:00h Instability and Change MAC Parque Forestal - Sala de Conferencias 
Exhibition:  16th November – 3rd December

How do we recognise the other in times of instability and change? Sur Sur is an encounter between cultural differences and a discovery of synergies within the Global South.

Sur Sur has been developed through a collaboration between performance makers and visual artists from New Zealand and Chile and through an inter-University collaboration between dance programmes at the University of Auckland and the University of Chile and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneó, Santiago.

Initiated by Marisol Vargas following her residency in New Zealand and involvement with Carol Brown through the DART project (Dance and Visual Art, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki / Dance Studies the University of Auckland) the catalyst for the project is a desire to develop collaboration between visual artists and performance makers who share an interest in questions of identity, belonging and artistic responses to contemporary crises through inter-arts processes.

Over seven days the artists meet and workshop together in Santiago generating a performative installation event and exhibition to be premiered 16th November at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago. Performances continue to 18th November and the installation is programmed to run to 3rd December.

Alongside this there will be a Symposium hosted by the Museum and University of Chile to explore critical contexts of decolonisation through dialogues around instability and change, between art forms and creative communities.

Alys Longley will present Mistranslation Laboratory through the medium of installation, artist book, video and live performance. This project premiered March 2017 at the Performance Arcade Wellington, will be extended through her collaboration with three local artists.

Carol Brown will present video and performance arising from the research project Releasing the Archive (Dancing Sculpture, NGV Melbourne; Tempo Dance Festival 2017) and will collaborate with Marisol Vargas on a choreographic installation with local dancers.

Mark Harvey will present a curated series of video works, Sharing the Breath Te faaiteraa i te manawa including works by Kalisolaite ‘Uhila, Jeremy Leatinuu, Darcel Apelu and present remotely a performance solo, Colonising Labours.

Contemporary Chilean visual artists Bernardo Oyarzün, Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira (Space to Dream, Auckland Art Gallery 2016), and Dominique Goujon will present new works in response to the provocations of the collaboration.

Artists: Natalia Bakulic, Carol Brown, Macarena Campbell, Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira, Ángel García, Dominique Goujon, Mark Harvey, Alys Longley, Elisa Loncon, Daniela Marini, Francisca Morand, Bernardo Oyarzún and Marisol Vargas.

This event is enabled through support from Dance Studies, Creative Arts and Industries, the University of Auckland and the Dance Department, the University of Chile as well as Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, Chile. 


Engaging with Communities

Engaging with Communities 

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Creative pedagogies

When: 22-25 November
Where: Owen G Glenn Building, University of Auckland, 12 Grafton Rd.

Community arts is about activating people in and through the arts, and focuses on how we may use or apply the arts for multiple purposes. The Engaging with Communities: Creative Pedagogies conference invites researchers, teachers and community facilitators across all fields of endeavor to participate in the opportunity to extend creativity and community values into pedagogies of practice. By way of signaling the scope of this conference, the 2011 UNESCO Seoul Agenda for Arts Education emphasizes that when arts education is universally accessible, of high quality and socially relevant, it “can make a direct contribution to resolving the social and cultural challenges facing the world today”. 



Recent events

Flat Top Hill, by Bruno Martelli
Flat Top Hill, by Bruno Martelli

We Are Here and We Are Everywhere At Once

When: 14 July - 30 August
Where: AV Gallery, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre
Pah Homestead, 72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland

What becomes of our bodily senses as we traverse the physically wild and the artificially contained?  Exploring the persistent urge to be attached to places and have profound ties with them in an era of virtual travel, We Are Here And We Are Everywhere At Once is a moving image installation created by an international collaboration between Carol Brown, Russell Scoones and Gibson/Martelli.  Supported by the University of Auckland FRDF and Coventry University C-DaRE.

Artist talk

When: 6-8pm, Friday 18 August
Where: Pah Homestead, Wallace Art Centre

Complimenting the exhibition, this is an opportunity to meet the artists and hear about their process of inter-disciplinary collaboration across media and places. Russell Scoones, Carol Brown, Ruth Gibson and Bruno Martelli will be in discussion with artist-academic Dr Alys Longley.


Writing in Creative Research workshop

When: Monday 4 September
Where: Rom 501, Building 421, 26 Symonds St

The aim of this workshop is to develop collegiality amongst academics who engage in and supervise creative-practice, studio-led or artistically driven research.

Workshops throughout the day will focus on methods of writing that support studio reflection and multi-modal approaches to writing, including Laurel Richardson’s writing as a method of inquiry, performance writing, documenting studio practice, mapping creative concepts through spatial and visual modes and discussion of the conventions of thesis structure. Writing workshops will be facilitated by colleagues who publish and work with 'writing as a method of inquiry', 'artistic approaches to cultural mapping' and performance writing, using a variety of writing technologies. Workshops are designed to engage participants in sharing ideas, exploring new ideas, and creating writing.

RSVP: Please email Alys Longley if you intend to participate for the whole day or one of the session. 

9am How best to engage writing models and practices to support creative practice research?
10-11:45 am Writing as a method of inquiry: Esther Fitzpatrick
11:45am  LUNCH
12:30 - 2pm Panel: Supervisors, PhD students and recent PhD Graduates discuss models of thesis structure -The social sciences model; The humanities model; The bespoke model. With Lisa Samuels, Peter Shand, Tru Paraha, Jane Luton, Alys Longley, Esther Fitzpatrick
2:15pm Writing between materiality and abstraction: Alys Longley and Esther Fitzpatrick
Singularity. Image credit: Carol Brown


When: 7-11th September
Where: Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria

SINGULARITY is a unique interdisciplinary architecture-dance-music event that shifts perceptions of space and movement through an interactive system. Using interactive holographic environments and creative technologies directed by architect Uwe Rieger, designed and programmed by Yinan Liu and Ying Miao, and choreography by Carol Brown with dancers Zahra Killeen-Chance, Adam Naughton and Solomon Holly-Massey. Singularity transports audiences into a different world. Clouds of data become wormholes, kites, watery walls and particle streams in response to the dancers' movement. This coupling of dancer and data shapes worlds that make palpable the multiple ways that data flows permeate the present. Sonic atmospheres and rhythms by French techno composer Jérôme Soudan propel this unique dance, architecture and technology experience.  Supported by Creative New Zealand and the University of Auckland.

Dancing Sculpture

Dancing Sculpture

When: 10-13 August 2017
Where: National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne Australia, Foyer, Level 3

Carol Brown premieres the film Releasing Her Archive, performs her solo Acts of Becoming and recreates Gertrud Bodenwieser’s iconic The Demon Machine (1924) as part of this special event curated in relation to the exhibition Brave New World.  Ecstatic, theatrical and sensual, Bodenwieser’s work influenced the development of modern dance in both New Zealand and Australia.  The performances, together with a one day symposium, Leap into the Modern curated by Professor Rachel Fensham and Dr Jordan Beth Vincent explores the transformation of movement and gesture in the twentieth century.  Supported by the University of Auckland FRDF, the University of Melbourne and NGV. 


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Physical theatre masterclass with Jakop Ahlbom

For physical theatre performers

When: Saturday 25 March, 3-5pm
Where: Kenneth Myers Centre Dance Studio, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland Central
Cost: $30 + booking fee

This 2-hour masterclass is for 20 physically trained artists from the disciplines of dance, theatre and circus. It will focus on Jakop’s physical way of working, drawing from his toolkit of slapstick, illusionism, acrobatics, dance, absurdism, music, visual art, poetry and magic.

About Jakop

Born in Sweden in 1971, Jakop Ahlbom came to the Netherlands in the 1990s to attend the Mime department at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. He has worked under his own name since 2000, building up a distinctive and original body of work and has toured extensively in Europe, the UK and the USA. Over the last ten years, this film and theatre maker has developed a trademark theatrical form that unites theatre, mime, dance, music and the world of illusion with a unique talent for combining powerful visual language with equally powerful content.

Registration: To register please contact Faye Jansen (04 801 9885) with a short bio outlining your experience and why you are interested in this masterclass.

Note: All masterclass participants are eligible for the British Council Auckland Arts Festival Industry Card, available to professional artists, to purchase a 50% ticket on the day of a show, subject to availability.


Promotional image for Horror, featuring a young lady screaming with a ghost-like figure behind her.


HORROR - by Jakop Ahlbom

When: Tuesday 21 - Sunday 26 March
Where: Civic Theatre, Corner Queen and Victoria Streets, Auckland Central

During Jakop Ahlbom’s ingenious tribute to horror cinema, the feeling emerges that literally anything could happen. Bodies levitate and then vanish, a woman dissolves instantaneously, ghosts and revenants appear, disappear, be dismembered, climb through walls and television sets and float across the stage. It is almost as if Ahlbom and his company have suspended the laws of physics, or conjured some genuine black magic on the stage. Horror is a genuinely, persistently terrifying theatre show - a wordless 80 minute ghost train that plays homage to the greatest hits in horror history, while telling its own disturbing story of vengeful spirits and demonic possession.

Visit the Horror webpage

Generating text for contemporary performance

Theatre-making and writing workshop led by Emma Hall & Prue Clark

When: Friday 24 February, 10am-1pm
Where: Auckland Old Folks Association, 8 Gundry Street, Newton, Auckland Central. 

The workshop will explore various generative processes for text in performance, introducing basic vocabulary and useful tools for creating and unpacking contemporary performance. It will include composition, writing, and rules-based improvisation tasks drawn from Emma and Prue’s own work and those learned from Tim Etchells, Forced Entertainment (UK), Gob Squad (Berlin) and others. 

Cost: $25 or free with proof of purchase to Emma and Prue's Auckland Fringe show We May Have to Choose at Basement Theatre (valued at $15-24.50; 21-25 February).

Please register your interest to Prue Clark via To purchase a ticket to We May Have to Choose, please book online at or call iTICKET on (09) 361 1000 and forward your booking confirmation to Prue.


This workshop is open to all adults and no prior theatre-making experience is necessary. Wear comfortable clothing you can move in and bring a pen and a notebook.