Author(s): Tara Jahn-Werner
This presents the broad spectrum of ballet and dance historically in this country - where it has come from, what has influenced the art-form, who has been involved, and who are the present movers and shakers. It's beautiful to look at, with striking photos and ephemera, attractive poster designs, programme covers plus illustrations. There's great information and anecdotes on personalities, plus interesting 'facts' in separate breakout boxes. Themes include the influence of overseas companies on dance in New Zealand from 1913 to the present; the advent of national identity with the establishment of the Royal New Zealand Ballet; the emergence of modern dance in the 1930s to the contemporary dance scene today. Each chapter will have a discussion on dance styles, the vigour of the artistic personalities involved and the social milieu in which they operated. A very thorough and lively examination of the dance scene in New Zealand. First published October 2008.
Now a consultant in the creative industries, Tara Jahn-Werner was previously in the Business School at the University of Auckland, where she was Director of the MBA and Master of Management. She was also Director, Arts Management Programmes at the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries. She is a well-known arts journalist and critic. For twenty five years she wrote regularly on music and dance for The Auckland Star and The New Zealand Herald. She has also written for The Listener, Metro, The Sunday Star Times and the Herald on Sunday.