One of NZ's best-loved dancers, Sir Jon Trimmer has
inspired generations of ballet lovers with his remarkable grace and
stage presence. This year - incredibly! - Sir Jon turns 80. In honour of his
lifetime of achievements and in special celebration of his
birthday, Willow Productions is bringing Sir Jon and Helen Moulder
to Wellington's Circa Theatre to reprise their award-winning
production of Meeting Karpovsky, an extraordinary theatre work full
of humour, delight, drama and surprise.
Meeting Karpovsky is the story of Sylvia, who knows
all the dances and has all the moves in her head, but is afraid to
step out. One day the great dancer Alexander Karpovsky - she has
seen him dance 127 times - turns up mysteriously in her lonely room
and breaks through her brittle cocoon. What follows is funny and
enchanting, moving and heart-warming.
On one hand, the performance is a simple story of a
woman and a dancer. On the other, it is a delicate journey through
shifting opposites - movement and stillness, silence and chatter,
fantasy and reality, awkwardness and grace - towards the balance
that comes with wisdom and the courage to face the truth.
"Pure magic … together they are magnificent" - The
"Delivers the kind of rewards that only live theatre
can offer" -
National Business Review
"This beautiful piece of theatre brings together two
extraordinary performers [in] a unique pas de deux that interweaves
ballet and theatre seamlessly" - Theatreview
"This beautifully crafted piece of chamber theatre."
The two week season in Circa 2 will not make enough
box office to cover the full costs of the production. To make this
celebratory theatre event possible, we need to bring our
director/co-writer Sue Rider to Wellington from Australia to
remount the work and we also need to promote the season
appropriately. We are running a BOOSTED campaign for $6000 to go
towards these costs.
The funds raised from this BOOSTED campaign
will pay for:
• Director's fee, airfares and living expenses
• Publicity costs including graphic design, press
ads, flyers, posters
We believe it is vital to honour Sir Jon Trimmer's
special anniversary by offering this rare chance to see two of New
Zealand's finest senior performers reprise their award-winning
In the dance of life Sylvia has two left feet, but
Karpovsky has arrived to tutor her in hope and grace.