Story: Contemporary dance

Machine song, New Dance Group

In the programme for the New Dance Group's first performances in 1945, Philip Smithells described the company as ‘anxious to avoid the well-trodden and too worn paths of ballet, operatic, or acrobatic dance, and the type of interpretative dance that reeks with sentimentality.’ New Dance's work, said Rona Bailey, was revolutionary in form and content. Choreography was often shared between members of the group, which attracted good audiences during its three seasons (1945–47). New Dance is shown here performing Bailey's  Machine song, which aimed to show the monotony of factory work. 

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Point of View Productions
Reference: Dance of the instant: the New Dance Group, 1945-1947. Producer and director, Shirley Horrocks. Point of View Productions, 2008

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Marianne Schultz, 'Contemporary dance - New Zealand practitioners, mid-20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Marianne Schultz, published 22 Oct 2014