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Ecology in Fifths


Wed 26 Aug 2020, 7:00pm
Thu 27 Aug 2020, 7:00pm
Fri 28 Aug 2020, 7:00pm
Sat 29 Aug 2020, 7:00pm

Where: Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Concession: Seniors, Unwaged & Students: $15.00
  • Students of Te Whaea Dance & Drama Centre: $10.00
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Listed by: theplaygroundnz

Award-winning director and performance designer Sam Trubridge (The Performance Arcade, Sleep/Wake, The Restaurant of Many Orders) is bringing a bold new performance to Te Whaea this August.

Taking inspiration from H Guthrie Smith’s (1921) Tutira: The Story of an NZ Sheep Station, Ecology in Fifths enacts this obsessive account of NZ ecology — now a recognised classic in environmental science worldwide. Piece by piece, the NZ myth of a ‘clean green and natural landscape’ is unravelled to reveal the environmental tensions that lie underneath our grassy paddocks and forest canopies.

With spectacular choreography by experienced NZ dancer Sean MacDonald, the dancers' movements present a powerful, poignant lament for the lost ecology of NZ. Innovative set design from Sam Trubridge and an immersive soundscape by NZ composer Bevan Smith transport you through the evolution of the story: a transformation occurs, as Guthrie Smith's principles are interwoven with Māori myth and legend.

Suburban rituals, pastoral tragedies and earthy reveries unfold, with happenings "that assault both our senses and our conscience" (Deirdre Tarrant, Capital Times). This evocative production exposes "the ineffectual and damaging attempts by the human race to tame the terrestrial ecosystem" (Jenny Stevenson, Theatreview).

MacDonald will be joined in the performance by dancers Hannah Tasker-Poland, Emmanuel Reynaud, Brydie Colquhoun and Luke Hanna.

Performances will be held at Te Whaea National Dance & Drama Centre, with productions running from August 26 – 29. Tickets can be purchased through iTicket (link above) or via The Playground website.

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