Life is marvellous. I want to be deeply rooted in it - to live - to expand - to breathe in it - to rejoice - to share it. To give and to be asked for Love. - Katherine Mansfield
Exploring her personal stories, the work sees the world through Katherine’s eyes in a series of epistolary moments, gathered from letters to her closest friends and loved ones.
Katherine’s intense, captivating and all too short life is brought to the stage using dance, text, colour and sound. Beginning with her early years growing up in Wellington, to the height of London bohemia and the Bloomsbury group, to her death at the age of thirty-four, Woman of Words chronicles Katherine’s journey and her passion for creativity, love, and life.
The performance opens with Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, set to composer Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel. Since its premiere, this haunting pas de deux has become associated with significant moments in dancers’ lives, its elegiac and meditative mood moving for performers and audience alike.
Choreography | Loughlan Prior
Co-commissioned by the Wānaka Festival of Colour with support from the Royal New Zealand Ballet Foundation
Royal New Zealand Ballet Principal Mayu Tanigaito 2022 Photograph by Paul Ross Jones by permission of RNZB