Awesome Robots Audience Thank You Letters

In June 2018, Lucy choreographed Awesome Robots on the New Zealand Dance Company for their Tamaki Tour. A collection of the students responses can be found at the following link:

NZDC has a mission to bring high-calibre contemporary dance performances to schools across Auckland. During June and July 2018, The New Zealand Dance Company took their Tāmaki Tour to Auckland Schools. With engaging and comical works created by diverse, young choreographers, students loved and found inspiration from this high energy programme!

Performances were held at schools across the Auckland region, presenting a collection of short works by young and emerging choreographers, including NZDC company members, with a Q & A afterwards.

Awesome Robots was inspired by trends surrounding vintage science-fiction and the current re-alignment of futurist metaphors to reflect cultural diversity. In particular, Awesome Robots was influenced by the movement known as Afrofuturism. This movement seeks to place the African diasporic experience at the heart of science-fiction narratives. In turn, Awesome Robots uses this as a point of departure for exploring the possibilities of creating a uniquely Pacific futurism.

Awesome Robots,  Lucy Marinkovich for New Zealand Dance Company. Photography: John McDermott.

Awesome Robots, Lucy Marinkovich for New Zealand Dance Company. Photography: John McDermott.




RNZB Community Dance Workshops

The Royal New Zealand has an ongoing commitment to making dance accessible to all New Zealanders, offering an unparalleled range of performances and events that will excite, instruct and inspire. These include activities for audiences and communities, schools and the dedicated dance community, there is something for everyone.

One such event is Te Papa Family Day, where activities range from watching the dancers warm up in company class, see a working rehearsal, and kids’ dance workshops.

Workshops led by RNZB Dance Educator Lucy Marinkovich explore characters, steps, and scenes based on the ballet The Nutcracker.

RNZB Dance Educator Lucy Marinkovich at Te Papa Family Day

RNZB Dance Educator Lucy Marinkovich at Te Papa Family Day

Audio Described Ballet & Touch Tour for blind and low-vision patrons

Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 2018 Ryman Healthcare Season of The Nutcracker includes audio described performances for blind and low-vision audience members.

The Nutcracker’s national tour offers free touch tours before each audio described performance, where audiences go backstage, touch costumes and props, and learn more about the production. RNZB Dance Educator Lucy Marinkovich explains ballet terminology, and the shapes and quality of movements in The Nutcracker.

RNZB Touch Tour and Audio Described Performance. Photography: Stephen A’Court.

RNZB Touch Tour and Audio Described Performance. Photography: Stephen A’Court.

The Nelson Mail & Nelson Arts Festival, Lobsters Review

A critical review by Fiona Gallagher for Stuff.co.nz and The Nelson Mail of the Borderline Arts Ensemble's performance of Lobsters at the Nelson Arts Festival, (concept, choreography, co-direction, and performance by Lucy Marinkovich).

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Wellington City Council, Dancing Through the Pages

Wellington City Council, Wellington Central Library and Dance Aotearoa event for New Zealand Dance Week 2018. 'Dancing Through The Pages' is an event to share the links between the creative practices and reading habits of Wellington based dance artists in an open forum at the Central Library. 

Royal New Zealand Ballet, Creative Dance Workshops

The Royal New Zealand Ballet company's Education and Community department offers creative dance classes and workshops, delivered by their Dance Educator Lucy Marinkovich. Feedback for Lucy's work with the RNZB has been fantastic, including this response from Tauranga: “Our students are still buzzing from the workshop. Lucy was incredible with the students. They have all asked is Lucy coming back this Friday. Lucy’s manner with our students was wonderful. She had their full attention with her great lessons and wide range of knowledge and expertise. The students and I gained so much and we thank you. We would love to have Lucy visit our school anytime. She is a great asset to your company. Thank you for giving us the opportunity of this experience with Lucy.” – Rochelle Rhind, Dance Coordinator, Greenpark School

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Royal New Zealand Ballet, New Dance Educator

The Royal New Zealand Ballet company announces the addition of Lucy Marinkovich to its Education department for 2018. She joins the company as their Dance Educator, delivering dance workshops, masterclasses and community events throughout New Zealand.

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The Dominion Post, Lobsters Review

A critical review by Ewan Coleman of The Dominion Post for the Borderline Arts Ensemble's Lobsters, (concept, choreography, co-direction, and performance by Lucy Marinkovich).

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Pantograph Punch, Lobsters Review

A critical review by Adam Goodall at the Pantograph Punch of the Borderline Arts Ensemble's Lobsters, (concept, choreography, co-direction, and performance by Lucy Marinkovich).

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Theatreview, Lobsters review

A critical review by Sam Trubridge from Theatreview of the Borderline Arts Ensemble's Lobsters, (concept, choreography, co-direction, and performance by Lucy Marinkovich).

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Radio New Zealand, Lobsters Review

A critical review by Pinky Agnew on behalf of Radio New Zealand of the Borderline Arts Ensemble's Lobsters, (concept, choreography, co-direction, and performance by Lucy Marinkovich).

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Michelle Potter, Lobsters review

A critical review by Jennifer Shennan on behalf of Michelle Potter for the Borderline Arts Ensemble's Lobsters, (concept, choreography, co-direction, and performance by Lucy Marinkovich).

 

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NZ Herald, RUSHES Performer Announcement

New Zealand Herald article by Raewyn White about the creative collaborators of the 2017's Auckland Fringe Festival work RUSHES by Malia Johnston's Movement of the Human Company: "The environment might be that of the visual arts but RUSHES is movement based. Performers include well-known dancers Taiaroa Royal, Kelly Nash and Lucy Marinkovich alongside recent graduates and seconded students, dancer Briar Wilson, now in her 80s, actors Jess Holly-Bates and Katie Burson, and a number of guest performers".

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Creative New Zealand Grants Awarded

A newsletter from Creative New Zealand detailing the successful grants awarded, and featuring Lucy Marinkovich and her company Borderline Arts Ensemble.

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DANZ Magazine, The Value of International Choreographic Residencies

“What is the value of participating in an international residency as a choreographer? It lies primarily in the luxury of time set aside in a space that is supportive and conducive to experimentation, working with or without other dancers, exchanging ideas and making fresh discoveries about the choreographic process. In the precarious day-to-day existence of an artist, this type of opportunity is rare indeed. Working with people who have a different cultural perspective to the artist’s own outlook, invariably provides fresh and valuable insights” (Jenny Stevenson, DANZ).

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