College Dancers to perform with APO

August 18, 2014 at 11:24 AM

746.jpgSaturday saw the first of a series of rehearsals for Saint Kentigern College senior dance students who have been selected to perform in Te Manu Ahi (The Firebird) with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in October. This is an amazing opportunity for our students!

The fifteen students travelled to the Unitec dance studios where they combined with dance students from Unitec and were taken through their paces by choreographer and director of Atamira Dance Company, Moss Patterson and his assistant and associate choreographer, Gabrielle Thomas. Our students were worked hard and rose to each challenge during the course of the day. 

A collaboration between the Atimira Dance Company and APO, Te Manu Ahi (The Firebird) marks the fourth year of the widely-praised Auckland Dance Project. This year more than 150 dancers of all ages, from schools across Auckland, will come together to dance in concert with the APO. After a six week rehearsal period, Te Manu Ahi will be presented to schools, as a highlight of the annual Kiwi Kapers concert.

The music for this year’s project is Stravinsky’s famous Firebird Suite. With swirling woodwind, grand brass chords and rich orchestration, this delicate, lively and rousing orchestral work, along with original choreography, will create a powerful visual and musical extravaganza.

The students will perform twice in the Aotea Centre on Wednesday 22 October. There is a concert for schools in the morning followed by a public performance at 1pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students with tickets available from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra website:

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