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
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. In 2016 she worked with Auckland Theatre Company on the production of Billy Elliot.
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 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 the 2017 World of Wearable Art Awards show.