The Juniper Passion

a dramatic opera in three acts

The Juniper Dance Company

Sofia McIntyre

Prior to her studies at Unitec, Sofia was a member of Pointy Dog Youth Dance Company from 2004 to 2009. Since then she has been invited back to choreograph two works on the company.  Sofia has co-presented and performed two works with Treat Station collective for the 2012 Short + Sweet Dance Festival and The Producing Project’s En Route series. Towards the end of last year Sofia performed in In Flagrante A contemporary burlesque show choreographed by Mary Jane O'reilly. She has also performed with Black Sheep Productions as part of the body festival in Christchurch and tempo festival in Auckland. She recently came back from a fringe tour of Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin with Black Sheep Productions .The collective won best dance and best new comer in the Wellington Fringe Festival.


Rose Philpott

Rose Philpott recently graduated with a BPSA from Unitec in 2012. She was a member of the PASNZ contemporary dance youth company Pointy Dog from 2006-2009. She has performed in the Dunedin Fringe Festival, Short&Sweet Dance Festival and Tempo Dance Festival, winning a Tempo award for best youth performer in 2007. As a student at Unitec she has worked with choreographers Michael Parmenter, Shona McCullough, Neil Ieremia, Katie Burton, Craig Bary and Fleur de Their. As a graduate of Unitec she has danced for Kerryn McMurdo in her new work for the Auckland Arts Festival ‘Trauma, Agency, New Vision’ and contributed to the New Zealand Dance Company’s ‘Rotunda’ 2013 development project.

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Mathew Moore

Matthew Moore initiated the Identity hip hop dance crew in 2007. In 2011 he graduated from Unitec Performing and screen arts course specializing in Contemporary dance.  Matthew has performed in Short & Sweet, En Route, InterACT fest, Tempo and Living Room in 2012 and recently performed in Bound, Awkward Alters and StandOut which were part of 2013 Fringe Festival.


Grace Woollett


Grace Began learning ballet from a young age, at Marian McDermott School of Dance. She trained with Katie Burton in contemporary dance from the age of 10. She reached an advanced level in each technique and became a member of One Step Beyond Youth Dance Company for 2008-2009. Grace completed her studies at Unitec for the Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts with a major in contemporary dance in 2012 and graduated in April 2013. Grace has strong performing experience having danced in a range of festivals throughout New Zealand; Tempo, Short and Sweet and the Auckland Arts Festival.

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