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Transfigured Night

World Premiere        2021 / Auckland Town Hall

Commissioned by    Chamber Music New Zealand


Created for                New Zealand String Quartet

                                      Ballet Collective Aotearoa

Choreographer         Loughlan Prior

Composers                Tabea Squire

                                      Antonín Dvořák

                                      Arnold Schoenberg 



Laura Saxon Jones

William Fitzgerald

Tabitha Dombroski

Helene Pohl violin

Monique Lapins violin

Gillian Ansell viola

Serenity Thurlow viola

Rolf Gjelsten cello

Ken Ichinose cello

With special thanks to

Jack Hobbs, Rachel Hardie,

Turid Revfeim, Brigitte Knight,

Chamber Music New Zealand and

Creative New Zealand

Transfigured Night

Program Notes: Award-winning choreographer Loughlan Prior creates a new visceral performance work to Schoenberg’s ‘Verklärte Nacht’ – TRANSFIGURED NIGHT. Based on the mystical poem by Richard Dehmel, this chamber concert brings together the New Zealand String Quartet and the BalletCollective Aotearoa in a celebration of new life, the duality of conflict and resolution and, ultimately, reconciliation with the universe.

Coupled with Dvořák’s gorgeously Slavonic string sextet and a new commission by Kiwi composer Tabea Squire, this night of sumptuous music and dance will take you on a moving journey of courage, strength and human warmth.

Transfigured Night

Loughlan Prior embraces the challenge of bringing coherency to the programme. The eyes are invited to hear and the ears to see. - The Dominion Post

It proved a choreographic masterwork, and will position Loughlan Prior firmly on the international choreographic scene. - Michelle Potter...on dancing

Beautiful, intimate and uplifting - Theatre Review

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