Moving Community

New Plymouth
New Zealand

Moving Community is a collaboration project between stellaris dance nz and Word Spark.


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Gaenor Brown has over 30 years of experience in the New Zealand and United Kingdom education sectors. She has taught English, Drama and Media Studies in secondary schools, led Arts Faculties and headed up Performing Arts departments with musicians, dancers and drama practitioners. A skilled youth theatre director, she has worked with a range of classical and contemporary texts for performance, as well as devising original, integrated arts projects.  Gaenor has worked most recently in Theatre Studies, at the University of Waikato as a teaching fellow.

A life long learner, Gaenor’s passion for the arts, language and critical pedagogy have inspired her to undertake significant research into relevant applications relating to communication, education and creativity in the workplace. Completing her M.Ed. in early 2013, she is now planning to embark on doctoral studies in the Applied Theatre field.

Gaenor enjoys travelling, live music and New Zealand’s vibrant arts festivals. Outside of work she is a keen reader, writer and fitness fan.


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Marie Hermo Jensen (1979) was born and raised in Hammerfest, Norway. She started as a student at Solveig Leinan-Hermo at Hammerfest Ballet School. Hermo Jensen studied at Follo Folk High School, School of Contemporary Dance in Oslo (Norway) and has a BA (Hons) from London Contemporary Dance School, where she focused on improvisation and choreography. Later she has taken various courses in various dance techniques and administration, and has worked with design and film editing.

Hermo Jensen was permanently employed by Stellaris DansTeater in 2003, which she currently manages with Solveig Leinan-Hermo. Hermo Jensen has many different roles within the company, among other as a dance artist, film artist and project employee, as well as in administration and marketing. She has danced in many of the company's productions. Hermo Jensen was Young Choreographer 03/04, and in 2004 she debuted as a choreographer with the performance "Entroduserer". She has created many short dance works, as well as the full-length performances "Anew" (2014) and "Frolic" (2016). She recently made the short film "Bird" (2018) in collaboration with Leinan-Hermo, Karen Barbour and Gareth Schott.

Hermo Jensen has contributed to Forum for North Norwegian Dance Artists, DanseFestival Barents, the Northern Norwegian regional stage for dance (today Dansearena nord) and Barents DanceCouncil through Stellaris DansTeater. In 2011, Hermo Jensen was invited to become a trustee of Waikato Contemporary Dance Projects Trust in Waikato, New Zealand. She was an artistic and administrative director for DanseFestival Barents in Hammerfest, Norway 2016-2018, where she also today contributes as an advisor, as well as in production, administration and marketing.