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The Performance Arcade


Thu 24 Feb 2011, 6:00pm–9:00pm
Fri 25 Feb 2011, 8:00am–11:00pm
Sat 26 Feb 2011, 8:00am–11:00pm
Sun 27 Feb 2011, 8:00am–6:00pm

Where: The Performance Arcade, Taranaki Wharf, The Waterfront, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: josulvan

An arcade of performance spaces opens on Wellington’s Waterfront.

The Performance Arcade opens as part of the Fringe Festival. Bustling onto the life of Wellington’s waterfront this unique three-day event is free to the public and features performances and installations by over 20 artists in 8 shipping containers. An events programme also runs along side this including live music, short-films, performance art and Pecha Kucha.

The arcade is curated by award winning director/designer Sam Trubridge of The Playground NZ Ltd. Trubridge is joined by a cohort of innovative artists producing collaborations across the Wellington performing arts community. The inspiration for the work looks at combining the early fairground with conventions of contemporary performance art, focusing on the history of Wellington’s harbour as a shipping port, and its recent change of direction into a public playground.

The shipping containers include:

- Nag, (Marcus McShane)
A ‘self-powered studio’ where the artists ride on bicycles as they work: thus powering their computers, lights, and record players.

- Hidden City Maps, (Sarah Burrell, Andrew Simpson & Jon Coddington)
A mis-tour of Wellington. Wander within the city and uncover its unseen stories. Be immersed in a theatrical world. A set of headsets guide you through an alternative itinerary through which to explore the city.

- He cranked the all began, (Meg Rollandi, Esther Green, Thomas Press, & Paul Tozer)
The work investigates weightlessness and elation. Engaging with tactile and audio triggers we explore potential movement in apparent stillness.

- Point of Presence, (Julian Priest)
A container is filled with balloons and the public is invited to buy a pin each for a special event…

- Body of Work: Venus, (Jo O’Sullivan, Briedi McCrostie & Francis Cheetham)
A container becomes a fashion studio wherein a model, photographer, hairdresser, makeup artist, and seamstress all work at trying to recreate an idealised image of femininity.

- Inside the Frame, (Stuart Foster, Harry Silver & Johann Nortje)
A spatially interactive work utilising the audience as the performer, engaging the body in disrupting relative perspectives of sound and image.

- Antibodies, (Ana McGowan and Lucia Lie)
As a response to an increasingly over-medicated society Antibodies investigates notions of internal crisis, psychological conflict, and alternative methods of release. Two performance artists are viewed through a small opening in the container – revealing a tireless activity of embroidering, boxing, bandaging, and removing items from their bandages.

Performance and events schedule:

All events free of charge unless specified.
Containers open 10am-11pm Friday-Sunday.

- Thursday 24th February:
Opening gala, 7.30pm.
With music from special opening guests Rosy Tin Teacaddy.

- Friday 25th February:
The P.O.P Event 6.30pm.
An interactive performance installation by Julian Priest.

The live music series 7.30pm
With Glass Vaults, Siamese, Seth Frightening and guests.

- Saturday 26th February:

Cooking class 10.00am – 6.00pm
An interactive performance feast by Margarita Ianev.

The short film series 3.00pm (Soundings Theatre, Te Papa)
A programme of short films by NZ film-makers with focus on the image and visual storytelling; featuring the Quarters film project (NZ International Film Festival 2010), Florian Habicht’s Liebestraume (Part 1) and others ($5 entry).

Pecha Kucha night 8.00pm
A selection of entertaining high-speed slideshow talks: 12 speakers, 20 slides each, 20 seconds per slide, in an event format that has been replicated in over 300 cities worldwide ($5 entry).

- Sunday 27th February:
Affectionate Body 2.00pm
A new durational performance by Mark Harvey. Bystanders are invited to interact with the work.

Open panel discussion 4.00pm - 5.30pm (Te Papa Marae)
A discussion closing the 2011 Performance Arcade where Sam Trubridge and artists from The Arcade discuss performance space, performing publics, and presenting performance in public.