A new piece of candy. A hectic fusion of contemporary dance, theatre and very good music. Discotheque endeavors to produce a multifaceted array of entertaining theatre that ascends a satisfying program. We are young, wild and wise.

The company began in 2016 with the aim to fuse obscure art forms, regaling a wider audience and bringing contemporary dance to the fore.

DTQ also offers training in many genres for children and young professional dancers with workshops held often. 

 DTQ is beyond a ‘dance’ experience through it’s diversity and infectious performance offers.

My approach to work i create....
I always start with a definition. The plain, hard, simple facts. I almost see art as mathematical – i see my work as mathematical. When you look around you see things that are designed to be ascetically pleasing, you see colour, shapes and things that move- humans like this. I like to think my work is a reflection of something tangible, something a human can grasp easily. When and audience can understand, an audience can appreciate. It’s actually unusual to translate an in-depth concept into dance because dance is a completely different medium- not traditionally used as a ‘language’ as such. That’s why we have to work extremely hard to translate any form of communication to the viewers. Dance is visual and this is what i work with. Visually pleasing. It doesn’t necessarily have to make sense on paper, but it has to make the human eye happy. The other element to dance, is music. This aspect to me is vital- it connects sight to sound, it connects brain to heart. With these simple elements i present to you something surprising, energetic, physically impressive and a creative treat in your everyday life.

The facts...
Holly Newsome began her training at the age of four in the living room. Since then, she has graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance as a contemporary major now holding a Bachelor of Dance Performance.

Born and raised in New Plymouth, New Zealand she trained in classical ballet, jazz and contemporary at the Patten Academy of Dance and Lynn Gilbert-Smith dance studio completing all her exams with high Distinctions including RAD Advanced 2. During her full-time training she has studied Alexander technique, Countertechnique, yoga and dabbled among a vast selection of contemporary techniques.

Holly has worked with Anouk Van Dijk, Lloyd Newson, Iraxte Ansa, Stephanie Lake, Jarek Cemerek, James Vu Anh Pham, James O'Hara among other estabilshed artists in her time at the NZSD. In 2012 she won the Australasian Ora Burnett Jazz and Contemporary Award and was a finalist in the 2013 PACANZ Nationals for the above styles. With a passion for choreography right from a young age she begun creating stage work for younger students at the age of 15. Holly's first contemporary work was created in Canberra in 2015 as a part of the On Course program then shortly after created her second in the NZSD Choreographic Season, Scope. Since then she has worked for Footnote NZ Dance and toured her work nationally.  

Selected Projects/ Performance Experience:

Missing Lids, Choreographed by Holly Newsome funded by DANZ and Wellesley Studios (2018).

Dancer/Model/Assitant choreographer for World of Wareable Arts (WOW) 2017.

Sweet Salt, choreographed by Holly Newsome for Footnote NZ Dance and their national tour of The Rebel Pink (2017).

Incognito, choreographed by Holly Newsome funded by Toi Poneke and the Wellington City Council (2017).

Political Mother, Choreographed by Hofesh Shechter as a part of the NZSD Graduation Season (2016).

Incant, choreographed by Amber Haines (Dance North) as a part of the NZSD Graduation Season (2016).

Fiercely Cool Animal Shapes, choreographed by Holly Newsome as a part of the Dance Architect Melbourne (2016).

Minatures (dancer), choreographed by Malia Johnston performed at Tempo Dance Festival Auckland (2016).

Scope, dancer and choreographer. NZSD Choreographic Season. Work called Shaving A Cactus (2016).

This Tan Is Real, choreographed for QL2 On Course (2015).

Conditions Of Entry (C.O.E), choreographed by Thomas Bradley as a part of the NZSD Graduation Season (2015).

Pax, choreographed by Sarah Foster-Sproull as a part of the NZSD Graduation Season (2015).

KARST, dancer. NZSD Choreographic Season (2015).

World of Wearable Artist Show (WOW) Directed by Malia Johnston in 2014 as a dancer/model.