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Back of the Bus (Wellington, New Zealand)


18 Apr 2018 - 31 Mar 2021

Short Synopsis

A character based dance show on a moving bus. Ride on a bus through the streets of your city as dancers propel themselves along the aisles and hang from the roof.  Physical comedy, pure kinetic energy and outrageous scenarios combine to create a magical mystery tour of the unexpected.  Fresh from sell out seasons at seven New Zealand arts festivals and the AWESOME festival in Perth. Voted 5th best reviewed show at the Adelaide Fringe 2011 (audience and critics). Sell out seasons in Edinburgh 2014 and 2016.

Reviews Feature

 “Back of the Bus is sure to delight and astound you. From its hugely funny opening sequence to its toe tapping finale it had me hooked.” *****

Buzzcuts, Adelaide 2012

 “This dynamic dance experience will take you on a journey that can never be imagined.”                                                                                        Southland 2011

“This has to be one of the best shows on offer at this year’s fringe.” *****

Kryztoff Raw, Adelaide 2012

"No amount of speculation could prepare me for the stunning show that was about to take place."                                                                      

Buzzcuts, Adelaide

“This is site specific choreography at its best”                                    The Press 2009

“There are chances with the dance to feel and see the everyday with fresh eyes and unexpected outcomes.”                                               Theatreview Christchurch 2009


"We are all in a kind of kinaesthetic soup together - this familiar city seems altered, not sure what country I am in. It is a special journey.”             Theatreview Wellington 2008

  “The choreography is superbly suited to the chosen sites and executed brilliantly, making the show a perfect mix of excellent modern dance & pure fun”                           Otago Daily Times, 2010                                                                                          

“….the audience is captivated from start to finish. This is definitely unlike any production I have seen before; the emotional connection with the story is stronger than usual.”                                                                                 Otago Daily Times 2010

“Energetic, athletic, yet stylish and graceful.”                           Southland 2011

“It’s an exhilarating experience of dance that comes with closeness you can’t avoid.” 

Otago Daily Times, 2010

“Working within this moving room makes the dancers’ achievements even more breathtaking and wondrous.”

Theatreview Christchurch 2009

“This was such a great way to spend 60 minutes in Adelaide.”                                               Glamadelaide, 2012



Directed By
Choreographer Sacha Copland
Java Dance Company
Availability Status
Generally available


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