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Antarctica: The First Dance

05 Jun Antarctica: The First Dance

Antarctica: The First Dance is inspired by the austere beauty and fragility of the ice and snow structures. Please help us share the story.

Corey Baker’s short dance film was launched on Earth Day, 22 April 2018 in the UK. Corey is an international award-winning New Zealand choreographer and dancer. Born and raised in Christchurch, Corey’s career has taken him to Australia, Switzerland, and the UK where Corey is currently located and celebrated.

After two years of careful planning, he travelled to the Ice in January. He was accompanied by dancer Madeleine Graham from Royal New Zealand Ballet and director of photography Jacob Bryant. Baker, Graham, and Bryant danced and filmed in temperatures ranging from -2.4 to -16 °C, trekking to locations by day, and camping by night.

Antarctica: The First Dance is inspired by the austere beauty and fragility of the ice and snow structures. This short dance film will be launched on Earth Day, 22 April 2018 in the UK. 

The team at ChristchurchNZ is very excited to help amplify this content and highlight the environmental issues and connection with Christchurch and New Zealand. But, we can’t do it alone. 

A note from Corey:“It’s an immense privilege and mind-blowing experience to create and film a dance on Antarctica which will I hope bring people a little bit closer to understanding this unfathomable place, showing it off in a way that has never been done before. It is a world first; we have made history with this project, which is incredible. I am passionate about three things: making dance for spaces that are NOT theatres; campaigning for climate justice; and now Antarctica, which, as a New Zealander myself, has always been a magical and somewhat mystical place to me”.  

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