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Thu 3 Jul 2008–Sat 26 Jul 2008, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Downstage Theatre, 12 Cambridge Tce, Wellington

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $39.00
  • Student: $20.00
  • Concession: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Downstage

Downstage Theatre is proud to present the Wellington premiere season of acclaimed percussion group Strike’s brand new stage show Elemental. At its world premiere at the Erupt Festival in Taupo in May audiences responded with standing ovations as one half of a Bedford truck, fire guns and a waterfall, mixed with high-energy drum beats filled the stage. Company Manager Jamie Bull says Strike are absolutely delighted to return to Downstage following their very successful debut season of Cubed in 2002 at the theatre.

“Elemental has been specifically designed for intimate theatres, and Downstage is the perfect venue for this show,” Bull says. Elemental, Strike’s follow-up to their award-winning stage show In The Cube (Winner Wellington Fringe Best Music Award 2007), features four of the country’s top percussionists harnessing the sonic power of the elements; fire, water, earth and the airwaves. The hour and a half non-stop show takes the audience on a breathtaking rhythmical journey and includes all new compositions, including two from top New Zealand composer Gareth Farr.

The percussionists Tom Pierard, Leni Sulusi, Murray Hickman and Tim Whitta have been working out at the gym daily to cope with the physical demands of the performance, which includes backflipping while drumming. “It is stunning. They’ve really pushed the boundaries this time; creating new instruments, new sounds and dramatic new mobile sets. They’ve moved percussion into new places. This is going to be an exciting ride for the audience,” says Strike Manager Jamie Bull.

“This show captures things that Strike has not yet explored in music and theatrics, combining many different musical styles, technology, lights and sound. This show is going to be the best yet,” says Tim Whitta. Leni Sulusi agrees: “The show leaves no room for audiences to be bored.”

Founded in 1993 as a classically trained percussion ensemble, Strike has evolved into a high-energy drumming group combining movement and theatre-based performance. Featuring New Zealand’s most outstanding percussionists, the group’s skillful creativity, choreography and humour has wowed, entertained, moved, surprised and impressed audiences around the world, including China, Japan and Hong Kong.

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