Lost + Found [dances of exile]

Lost + Found is an homage to enduring creativity. Carol Brown (NZ) and Thomas Kampe (Ger/UK) with The New Zealand Dance Company take you through the depths of Q Theatre, Auckland CBD to discover the lost dances of 1930s Vienna. Inspired by the memories of New Zealand dance legend, Shona Dunlop-MacTavish when, as a 17 year old, she fled Nazi Europe with the Bodenwieser Tanzgruppe, Brown and Kampe together with collaborators Russell Scoones (sound) and Kasia Pol (design) return to the gestures, sounds and images of ausdruckstanz (dance of expression), reimagining past experiences of exiled dancers in the present.  Survival strategies, extreme states and the contingencies of exile emerge to punctuate the present.  Vibrating at the borders of memory, dancing through hidden and unknown spaces in the Q Theatre, Kampe and Brown are joined by Katie Rudd, Chrissy Kokiri, Xin Ji, Karl Tolentino, Maryam Bagheri Nesami and Kasina Campbell as they perform traces of ecstatic and eccentric dances.


 Shapes of the past, journeys of exile and creative resilience, gestures of hope and defiance Lost + Found [dances of exile] is a performance event for people on the move. Surfacing in the Q Thaetre Bar, audiences witness Releasing her Archive, a new dance film reconvening relationships between dances of the past and the present.  Filmed by Meek Zuiderwyk at Wellesley STudios and edited and designed by Owa Barua in London, the film offers audiences unique angles on an artistic legacy that continues to have relevance today.  


06 October 2017

Premiere Venue:

Q Theatre, Auckland CBD


Carol Brown - artistic director

Thomas Kampe - movement direction, researcher

Russell Scoones - sound scape designer

Kasia Pol - performance and spatial designer

Owa Barua - video design

Meek Zuiderbyk - videographer

Shona Dunlop MacTavish - artistic mentor

Shona McCullagh and New Zealand Dance Company

Fiona Graham - dramaturg

James Hutchinson - Video documentation



Thomas Kampe, Katie Rudd, Chrissy Kokiri, Xin Ji, Karl Tolentino, Maryam Bagheri Nesami and Kasina Campbell.   

Commissioned By:

TEMPO Dance Festival
Lost + Found [dances of exile]Lost + Found [dances of exile]