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Inter-generational dance project explores women's movement in New Zealand

Dancers as young as 12 have teamed up with those as wise as 80, to create a dance exploring the women's movement in New Zealand.

The inter-generational project called "RESPECT: Perspectives in Motion" will be performed at Auckland's War Memorial Museum this weekend.

It's a response to a current exhibition, called "Are we there yet? Women and Equality in Aotearoa".

The collaborative performance has been organised by the New Zealand Dance Company, featuring ladies from their seniors dance classes and students taking part in their spring school holiday dance programme.

Professional dancer and tutor Katie Rudd says the two groups "bring some really unique energies and wisdom and experiences to the work".

"It's exploring the ideas around supporting and embracing all individuals in society."

"I wouldn't say it's a strong feminist movement of anything, it's more about looking at creating everyone as equals," she said.

Tutors have worked with the dancers taking part to choreograph the piece, incorporating a range of ideas and personal experiences.

"We had to write a letter to our younger self and then we took some key words out of that and created moves" said Felicity Learnan, one of the senior dancers.

"It's amazing how you can make the dance so meaningful."

Gail Alex, another senior dancer, says the project's been challenging.

"I'm far out of my comfort zone doing this, but getting more and more out of it as we go along" she said.

Their public performance will take place in the atrium of Auckland's War Memorial Museum, at 1pm on Saturday.

The international creation will be performed at Auckland Museum. Source: 1 NEWS