Contemporary Dance  | NZ

Foster Group​ make provocative, engaging and visually compelling contemporary dance work,​ rich with beautiful imagery and physical rigour. Our work showcases strong, unique and diverse female performers and design collaborators.

Projects

Based in Auckland, New Zealand, ​Foster Group ​showcases the independent work of Creative New Zealand’s 2017-19 Choreographic Fellow, ​Sarah Foster-Sproull​, and is​ co-facilitated by Creative Producer and Assistant Director, Natalie Maria Clark.

ORCHIDS
Orchids (Touring 2019/20)
Foster Group

Mesmerising imagery and spellbinding pathos, ​Orchids​ presents seven astounding women at different stages of their lives.

In the Distance
T.H.E. (Singapore)

Exploring human connections as a form of migration, In the Distance visions the body as magnetic, flocking and discordant as it searches for place.

Double Goer (In development 2018)
Foster Group

Two unrelated women are bound  by an uncanny physical likeness in a surreal dance of déjà vous.  Memory and feeling.

Mass Solitude
Guangdong Modern Dance  (China)
& Footnote (NZ)

In a landscape defined by surveillance and communication technology we return to forgotten movement rituals to find a sense of belonging.

Despite the Loss of Small Detail
Royal NZ Ballet

Inspired by 125 years of the NZ women’s suffrage movement this work explores the resonance of female power in the 21st century. is a project 

Forgotten Things
NZ School of Dance

Short scenes based on cell division, phagocytosis, family and hierarchy. Familiarity, isolation, frustration and hope mesh in moments of intimacy, loss and joy.

Sisters of the Black Crow
Foster Group

A dark poem, exploring the duality of beauty and ugliness. Mythology entwines with personal experience blurring goddess and woman.

Colt
Footnote (NZ)

A personal message about the art of possibility and the things that we leave behind. Colt explores a community in the throes of creation.

Guangdong Modern Dance Company

Press for Orchids

“(Orchids) is a fully evolved piece of work and very, very satisfying to watch. Over and over, motifs of movement and complexity and genuine beauty unfold across the stage and are wonderfully danced. This is a detailed work, as much about smaller movements as it is the big sweep of a dancer’s body. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen choreography that featured the dancer’s hands and fingers so much. It was utterly intriguing. This performance felt like a big moment; the arrival of a major new show and the audience were completely with it. A real highlight.”

Justin Gregory  |  Radio New Zealand

Regina, CA

“​Orchids​ is full of eros, pathos and humour. That it is greater than the sum of its exceptional parts is beyond doubt. Sarah Foster-Sproull and her team have crafted a lens through which we are invited to reimagine our mothers, sisters and daughters as goddesses. No matter our personal relationship to concepts of spirituality or divinity, it’s nice to remember that the imagination can sometimes reveal aspects of truth. And when portrayals of female superheroes seem scarce, we need only look around to realise they are in fact right beside us.”

Paul Young  |  ​The Pantograph Punch​

San Jose, CA

"As a symbol of awakening and innocence little Ivy Foster is a force of nature that moves many of the audience to tears ...

It is perhaps the most honest examination of femininity that I have seen… The truth of women's relationships emerges: the enfolding warmth of support and nurturing versus the cut and thrust of unwarranted negativity and obstruction ...

The opening night audience gave an ecstatic standing ovation to ​Orchids​. It has been a work three years in the making and the fine crafting is much in evidence.”

Jennifer Stevenson  |  ​Theatreview​

Seattle, WA

"Sparsely layered rhythmic music by Eden Mulholland is rich in sampled strings and bass tones with spatters of percussion, remarkably seductive to the ear... Sarah Foster Sproull's choreography has echoes of the nature-derived vocabulary invented by Isadora Duncan and a ritual feel.""

Raewyn Whyte  | ​ The New Zealand Herald​

New York City, NY

About

Our company ethos is to uphold integrity and authenticity both in our work and practice - with a specific focus on building community around the company with audiences and other practitioners.

We engage performers and collaborators on a project basis, selecting whoever is best suited to the work’s vision.

Artistic Director and Choreographic Facilitator, ​Sarah Foster-Sproull​, is a critically acclaimed and award-winning choreographer. Sarah has dance work in the repertoire of T​he Royal New Zealand Ballet​, ​Footnote NZ Dance​, ​T.H.E. Dance Company ​(Singapore), ​Tamsyn Russell​ (Edinburgh/NZ), ​VOU ​(Fiji), and ​The New Zealand Dance Company.​ Future work is currently being currently developed for ​Co3 (Perth), ​Okareka Dance Company​ (Auckland, NZ) and Footnote NZ Dance (Wellington, NZ).

Creative Producer and Assistant Director, Natalie Maria Clark, is a Freelance Contemporary Dance Creative based in Auckland. In 2018, Natalie represented Foster Group at Edinburgh Festival Fringe via Creative New Zealand's Festivals Intensive, and was a Youth Delegate at the Edinburgh International Culture Summit. As well as her ongoing work with Foster Group, Natalie directs her own independent award-winning collective, Black Sheep Productions, with 8 works in repertoire which have been performed throughout NZ. Natalie has also choreographed for T.H.E. Dance 2nd Company (Singapore) and Footnote NZ Dance, as well as music videos for Suren Unka and Doprah, and has performed for Red Leap Theatre, Malia Johnston and NZ Fashion Week.

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