21 - 25 Feb 2017
7pm (Tu & Wed)
8pm (Th - Sat)

Lower NZI, Aotea Centre


Auckland Live and Movement of the Human present
In association with Auckland Fringe Festival  


Immerse yourself in Rushes, a unique experience where live music gig meets art gallery meets theatre, dance and film.
Directed by Malia Johnston in collaboration with Rowan Pierce with live music from Eden MulhollandRushes features over 25 dancers and performers from across New Zealand, guest musicians as well as stunning visual imagery, lighting and sound.

Forget about sitting still. Rushes asks you to design your own experience through a series of performance spaces you can explore.

Choose your own adventure and share the things that fire up your imagination.

Rushes has been developed and created by artists from across New Zealand including:
Direction: Malia Johnston
Live music: Eden Mulholland     
Video art and film: Rowan Pierce
Set design: John Verryt
Lighting: Jo Kilgour
Graphic design: Ian Hammond


$20 - $42


75 minutes


Accessible seating available

Content Warnings:

May contain partial nudity

This Event is a:

  • World Premiere
beautiful and engaging…I didn’t want it to stop.
— Rushes preview audience member

Malia Johnston

Malia is one of New Zealand’s most prolific contemporary choreographers and has won numerous awards for her choreographic work.

She has choreographed and art directed some of New Zealand's largest performance events including World of Wearable Art Awards (2001 - 2014) and the opening of the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.  Her work has toured to venues and arts festivals throughout New Zealand as well as presented internationally.

Now the director of Movement of the Human, she has completed numerous guest commissions for arts companies across New Zealand including, The New Zealand Dance Company, Okareka, Touch Compass, Footnote, and leading New Zealand tertiary dance schools.  Recently she worked with ATC on their production of Billy Elliot.

Eden Mulholland

Australian-based Eden is an award-winning New Zealand composer and sound producer for theatre, film and dance. Formerly of the bands Motorcade and the Mots, he also produces, performs and tours his own music. Eden has had significant years of collaboration with Malia.  A former dancer himself Eden has composed for an array of arts, Theatre and film companies throughout New Zealand.

Rowan Pierce

Rowan is a visual artist who uses video and film projection in his work, which has toured internationally with companies including Okareka Dance Company, Atamira and The New Zealand Dance Company.  Rowan will be producing the AV content for World of Wearable Art Awards show later this year.