This summer, July 12th through November 15th, I will be Studying Abroad in New Zealand! I have opportunity to spend Fall Semester 2014 at The University of Auckland studying dance and New Zealand Literature. I am so excited to soak in the sun and Maori culture across the globe; although since it is across the globe it will be winter when I arrive. It isn’t so bad, considering their winter doesn’t drop below 45 degrees. If you aren’t familiar with Maori art you should totally check out:
Brown, Deidre. Maori Arts of the Gods. Auckland : Reed Books, 2005.
Subject: Art, Maori.
I am going to be studying contemporary dance and choreography with Carol Brown, a collaborative dancer and choreographer who has a company in Auckland. She works a lot with projection and blending mediums, which is so exciting to me because I am minoring in film! I will also be studying Maori dance and how it has shaped and informed eurocentric dance forms in New Zealand. This will, hopefully, tie in nicely with my liberal arts course on New Zealand literature. I have no idea what to expect because I am not super familiar with New Zealand culture, but I am hoping to immerse myself, gain a new perspective and diversify my dancing!