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Queer dance work gets cash support

Wed 3 Dec 2014 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

An upcoming work dubbed Untitled Queer Commercial Dance Show has hit its fundraising target and will be on stage at New Zealand Fringe Festival in Wellington in February. The show is based on the premise, “what if Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly had a love affair, or Rita Hayworth with Ginger Rogers?” The Lost Cow Performances piece is a high energy dance show with a mixture of lyrical, jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance, which questions what it means to be queer. Each character provides a unique story which explores a different facet to being queer in the 21st century. It’s a collaborative work from ex-K’Rd dancer and Hutt Valley native Jeremy Haxton and his dancers. He is a UNITEC Performing Arts School graduate who says he returned to Wellington “for a simpler, humbler life”. Haxton works as “a freelance dancer, teacher, choreographer and full-time queer” and is training to be a qualified ballet teacher through Tarrant Dance Studios. He says he longs to see the queer population more represented in mainstream culture without the over-the-top stereotypes which come with it, which is an inspiration for Untitled Queer Commercial Dance Show. The show’s creators have raised the $2,500 they needed for rehearsal space, costumes and other costs after a successful Pledge Me campaign. The work will be on stage at Wellington’s Gryphon Theatre from 25-28 February.     

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014 - 8:11am

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