Creative portfolio

Muscle Mouth

Muscle Mouth is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading next generation dance companies. Commentators consistently note the company’s fresh, visionary performances. Artistic Director Ross McCormack, recent recipient of Creative New Zealand's 2015/16 Choreographic Fellowship, and a 2017 NZ Arts Foundation Laureate, takes a visceral almost sculptural approach to creating movement, and the company powerfully integrates all aspects of performance design into their work. 

Muscle Mouth’s four co-founders and designers- Ross McCormack (choreographer), Jason Wright (composer), Natasha James (light designer) and Melanie Hamilton (dramaturg)- joined for the company’s first commission from the 2014 New Zealand Festival. Since then, Muscle Mouth has toured works across Aotearoa New Zealand and to Hong Kong Arts Festival, Seoul International Dance Festival, M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival, Singapore, and to BIDAM and APAM arts markets. Muscle Mouth is currently developing a new work titled System, scheduled to premiere in 2018. 


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Triumphs and Other Alternatives

Combines gutsy performance with visual art, poetic storytelling and humour to explore the obsessiveness and traps of the creative process. Performed by three dancers, the work demonstrates a delusional joy that the act of creating can bring forth.


The Weight of Force

A solo work where movement and sound collide in an electrifying way.



Created in Singapore, as part of an international collaboration with T.H.E Dance Company. The work was performed as part of a double-bill programme called Borderline.



12/10/2018 - 13/10/2018

In a futuristic dystopian landscape, two humans undergo a replacement procedure now necessary for progress, featuring precision-led choreography, intelligent lighting, and highly detailed sonic and audio-visual landscape from Muscle Mouth.

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