Open Workshop: Contemporary Performance Gym
Dates: Weekly on Mondays 5:30-8:30pm from 29 April - 29 July
Venue: Te Hau Kainga, Taranaki St, Wellington
Fee: The programme is free thanks to the generous support of the Wellington City Council although places are limited.
This series of workshops is an opportunity to learn first hand from Binge Culture’s contemporary performance practice. An in-depth introduction to the company’s performance and devising techniques, as well as their method of incubating, exploring and developing new works. Participants will work alongside Binge Culture members and associates as they train and explore new performance ideas. The workshops are designed to encourage and inspire directors, performers and makers to expand concepts of performance and methods of devising, including post-dramatic, site-specific and technology-driven performance. Over the course of the workshops series each participant will have the opportunity to explore their own performance ideas within a supportive collaborative environment.
No prior performing experience required although a willingness to give it a go is essential.
The Workshops are primarily aimed at emerging and professional performance makers but are open to anyone to apply.
To apply: Send a letter of application explaining who you are and why you are interested to firstname.lastname@example.org Applications must be received by 5pm on Wed 10 April. Successful applicants will be informed by Fri 12 April. Please email any questions to the address above or leave a comment below
Binge Culture's Joel Baxendale and Oli Devlin are grateful and delighted to have been awarded funding through the Wild Creations programme, a partnership between DOC and CNZ.
Their project will use video and binaural recordings from Kapiti Island and Wellington CBD to create a video walk that blurs urban and natural landscapes, giving glimpses of what was here before the city, finding interesting juxtapositions between the two.
We’re off on our first tour to Australia next month. We’ll be performing Break Up in Melbourne and Sydney Fringe Festivals.
Joining 4/5 of our Edinburgh team (Fi, Ralph, Joel and Oli) is our pal and collaborator Freya Daly Sadgrove. Freya performed with us in Whales (Capital E) and performed and devised Smells Like Xmas. Freya is known about Wellington for her brutally honest poetry and we reckon she's going to nail five hours of tormented comedy. You can check out some of Freya's work here
Break Up Melbourne
Sunday 23 September, 6pm-11pm
Fringe Hub - Arts House - Festival Club 521 Queensbury St, North Melbourne
Break Up Sydney
Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 September, 8:30pm-11:30pm
Archie Rose Touring Hub - Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown
Our latest audio experience, Happy Hour, which premiered at Basement Theatre in February, is currently showing at Summerhall over the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
We're obviously absolutely stoked to be returning to the venue where we were nominated last year for a Total Theatre Award, and especially to be in the good company of great friend Stella Reid who's there with The Basement Tapes this year as well. It's been a long held goal of Binge's to find more sustainable modes of presentation, so we're also very pleased to be touring a work internationally with such a minimal carbon footprint.
Happy Hour is available from the Summerhall Courtyard shed any time between 12pm and 9pm, 1 - 26 August.
Audio time: 25min Click here for more details
"an absurd and absurdly funny romp" - NZ Herald
Yorick! has opened at Q Theatre and has been met with widespread acclaim, and excellent audience responses (see video below).
NZ Entertainment captured the essence of the show so well it's worth quoting here in detail:
"Yorick!’s dialogue is quick and witty, with its thick as lard drama that leaves the viewer with profound effect. If you like your theatre with a raw truthfulness that undresses the issues that surround life and its intricate mysteries, then Yorick! will more than fulfil. It's a novel musical slash play tackling Mortality and our approach to life, while exploring the lives of others."
The show is on for one more week at Q but tickets are moving fast out the door so get in quick! Book now.
Created by Rachel Baker, Joel Baxendale, Oliver Devlin, Melanie Hamilton, Isobel MacKinnon & Meg Rollandi with Freya Finch
Loft at Q Theatre (Part of Q Theatre's MATCHBOX 2018 season)
Until Saturday, June 23
Let's talk about death, baby! We are incredibly excited to announce the upcoming season of our new show, 'Yorick!', arguably the most ambitious work we've ever undertaken. 'Yorick!' has been conceived as a show that takes the audience on a journey through death and mortality while swaddling them in a reassuring musical theatre blanket as protection from debilitating existential dread.
This work is a long standing collaboration between Rachel Baker, Joel Baxendale, Melanie Hamilton, Isobel MacKinnon, Meg Rollandi, and Binge Culture's newest member Oliver Devlin composing the music and then performing it live onstage. We are stoked to have on this show the creative input of Freya Finch, also performing, all the way from Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau. It's all incredibly exciting, more than a little bit hilarious and a tad harrowing. Yorick! premieres at Q Theatre in Auckland on the 13th of June. Book tickets here.
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