reviews/awards/notables

“…movements that twist and spurt through the space to reveal a unique choreographic mind.” Lynne Pringle, theatreview


"He's one of the few improvising dancers who can really pull it off." Phil Dadson, The Aucklander

"Kristian Larsen presented mesmeric performances in The Collection (Throw Disposable Choreography) and in LNC 06 (Open End Closure).Larsen is a master of ingenious improvisation, and his work was a mixture of everyday movement pushed to the limit. His body created a continuous dialogue of language and nuance, shifting between planes, balances, crawls and crouches, rolling lines – slipping in and out of the familiar and the contrived. ."Francesca Horsley, NZ Listener

“The unexpected directional and level shifts and a dynamic that veers between staccato and smooth create a constant element of spontaneity” Evening Post

“This work is conceptually, visually and cerebrally a choreographic success” City Voice

“Larsen as a dancer uses his physical stature beautifully” Mark Amery DANZ Magazine

“This haunting dance is far from disposable and I expect to remember it for a very long time” Dominion

“…a witty if cynical whiff of post modernism….thoughtfully constructed and well performed” Dominion

“…had the audience laughing in sorrowful acknowledgment and moves into a physical poignancy no less real.” Dominion



"Larsen’s Jack was a very cool piece of dance theatre…" Listener

“…containing the elements of edgy aggression – tempered by an elegance of style and subverted by the humour in the words” Evening Post 

… the exceptional Kristian Larsen from Throw Disposable Choreography in Wellington. Larsen’s interrogation of line and form was at once humorous and brilliant, replete with meta-dance commentary with tongue firmly in cheek." Aaron Hawkins

Awards
2011 Winner of The Listener Speedway Award for the choreography Buoy Racer
2010 Winner of Tempo award for Most Innovative Choreography            
2009 Winner of Tempo award for Best Choreography by an Established Artist
          Co-winner of Best Dance Show Dunedin Fringe Festival for Self Portrait
2008 Recipient of the Exposure award for excellence in research
          Recipient of University of Auckland Summer Scholarship
2005 Received Creative New Zealand Creative and Professional Development Grant towards    
          performance and research opportunities in Brussels and Amsterdam.
2004 Received STAB Commission for a 3 week season of dance at Bats Theatre
2003 Creative New Zealand Creative and Professional Development Grant to research and     
          develop a clear   technical methodology for improvisation and collaboration.
            Winner of Best Dance and Movement award in the Wgtn Fringe Festival for Radio
  2002 Received Kakano funding from the Wellington Fringe festival to create Radio in 2003  
            Received a Creative New Zealand Creative and Professional Development Grant to study     
           improvisation in Spain with Julyen Hamilton.
2000 Awarded a grant from the Phoebe Maunsell Charitable Trust Annual grant for being an 
          upcoming artist chosen from a diverse pool of arts practitioners working in New Zealand
          Co-winner Best Dance award in the Wellington Fringe. 

1998 Performed in Alcheny winner of Best Dance award in the Wellington Fringe Festival
1997 Performed in No Sun No Rain winner of Best New Moves award in the Wellington Fringe Festival
1996 Performed in Avery Ford Car Ballet voted Best of Fringe in the Wellington Fringe Festival