The production of an original gothic fairytale dance theatre show Ella and Will is an exciting new step in her career, Lower Hutt dancer Anita Hutchins says.
Hutchins, 30, grew up in Eastbourne, before moving to Britain to train in ballet, then work in ballet and contemporary dance alongside top international dancers.
In 2006 she won TV3's So You Think You Can Dance.
Looking for a wider challenge, over the past few years she has completed a degree in philosophy at Victoria University, and this year felt the time was right to plunge into a long-held dream to develop her own production.
Ella and Will will premiere on the first night of the Fringe Festival.
"It's a completely original script. I wrote the fairy tale when I was about 26 and my friend's love life inspired me," Hutchins said
"There's a bit of a love triangle . . . she's trying to make her ideal man. And also I'm playing with this idea of who has control . . . the idea of magic, which is about who has control, and determinism."
The production will be visually stunning and entertaining, she said, incorporating contemporary dance, ballroom dance, theatre, film and an original score by Wellington musician Mostyn Cole.
"It's been a really long process. We're up to the sixth draft now and it's so different to what we started with.
"I've never done a really big show like this with all the aspects but I just had floods of inspiration constantly."
- Ella and Will plays from Friday, February 15, to Tuesday, February 18, at the Whitireia Theatre, 25 - 27 Vivian St, Wellington. Tickets are $22 and $18, and can be bought at the door or at www.thetheatre.co.nz
- Hutt News