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Strike: Elemental


Tue 16 Aug 2011, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Wed 17 Aug 2011, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Thu 18 Aug 2011, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Fri 19 Aug 2011, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Sat 20 Aug 2011, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Downstage Theatre, 12 Cambridge Tce, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $46.00
  • Best 100: $39.00
  • Group/concession: $39.00
  • Student/child: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Downstage

Strike, New Zealand’s premier percussion ensemble, perform their show Elemental in a season at Wellington's Downstage Theatre from 5-20 August.

Direct from performing at the Taiwan International Percussion Convention, Strike’s most acclaimed show fuses power, lyricism and skill into an exhilarating musical experience like no other.

Strike explore elements of our heritage, our rhythms, our environment and our elements. In Elemental, Strike harness the sonic power of water, fire, earth and the airwaves around us in a breathtaking journey of sound manipulation, choreography, rhythmic intricacy and invention.

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.

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 skilful creativity, choreography and humour has wowed, entertained, moved, surprised and impressed audiences around the world, including the Melbourne International Arts Festival in 1999 and 2006 and the New Zealand International Arts Festival in 2000.

Influenced by Pacific, classical and contemporary music, the group has composed its own pieces and collaborated with leading New Zealand composers, other musicians and performing arts groups from dancers to symphony orchestras. Elemental features all new compositions including two from Gareth Farr (supported by Creative New Zealand), Murray Hickman, Tim Whitta, Leni Sulusi, Tom Pierard and Takumi Motokawa.

"…a compelling experience… if you missed it, you missed something truly special." Capital Times

"The intensity, speed, technical brilliance, musicianship and sheer stamina to sustain such a performance was nothing short of miraculous." Evening Standard

"…uncompromising brilliance, building up tension to new heights…" The Christchurch Press

Strike Elemental - The Works

Territory (Murray Hickman and Tim Whitta 2003)
Streams (Tim Whitta 2008)
Lunar Cycles (Tim Whitta 2008)
Pukul (Gareth Farr 2003) Commissioned by Strike and first performed in their show Farr Blitz
Tubes (Gareth Farr 2008) Commissioned by Strike with funding from Creative New Zealand
Underfoot (Tom Pierard 2008)
Earthworks (Tim Whitta 2008)
Relentless (Murray Hickman 2008)
Water Sketches (Murray Hickman 2008)
Igniter (Strike 2008)
Blast (Takumi Motokawa 2008)
Drumflip (Leni Sulusi 2008)
Ukare Funk (Gareth Farr 2008)
Hydrophonic (Murray Hickman and Strike 2008)
Lava (Takumi Motokawa 2008)

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