Unveiling a hidden realm which evokes mothers, sisters, witches, sirens, goddesses and otherworldly creatures, Orchids divulges the occult secrets of feminine magic and lost ritualistic practices. Seven women spanning three generations unravel their mythology - from former Limbs dancer, Marianne Schultz, still entrancing on stage in her 60s, to 9-year-old Ivy Foster, Choreographer Sarah’s own daughter.
Director Sarah Foster-Sproull (Footnote New Zealand Dance, Guangdong Modern Dance Co. China, The Human Expression 2nd Co. Singapore, Royal New Zealand Ballet) draws together a coven of talent to present a spellbinding show. Sarah’s work has been likened to a living Hieronymus Bosch or Caravaggio painting.
Through Orchids, Foster Group Dance connects some of NZ’s most reputed artists, including composer Eden Mulholland and designers Andrew Foster (set and dramaturgy), Jennifer Lal (lighting) and Elizabeth Whiting (costumes). Together, they demystify and unravel the complex mythology of the female spirit, bringing women out of darkness and into the light.
Featuring the extraordinary talents of dancers and collaborators Marianne Schultz, Katie Burton, Rose Philpott, Jahra Rager, Joanne Hobern, Tori Manley-Tapu, and Produced and Assistant Directed by Natalie Maria Clark.
Auckland, Q Theatre, 17th-20th July
Wellington, Circa Theatre, 24th-27th July