Went to the Spielart Festival in Munich during the last weekend in November. Saw Forced Entertainment's Spectacular and New Zealand/ Belgian artist, Kate McIntosh's Dark Matter. Watching Kate's peformance I had this strange feeling I was watching a skewed Drowning Bird. Kate, in her green sequined dress is not unlike Rachel to watch on stage and the piece was full of the ideas Simon gets preoccupied with every time we get into quantum physics. As the three performers swayed from side to side, pointing out what particular audince members might be doing right now in another world, I couldn't help but feel that in another world we were all sitting together at BATS during the Fringe...
Check out the website of Free Theatre Christchurch, especially the Theatre of Unease essay. In it, Peter Falkenburg argues that whereas NZ film has a history of roughness and difficulty, (cinema of unease), "the mirror that New Zealand theatre seems to hold up to its audience seems to be one of reassurance, that everything is all right or it will be." Worth a peek. We shared The Globe in Dunedin with Free Theatre at the start of the year and saw first hand the unsettling and very uneasy Ella and Sussn. Hope they get to Wellington again soon!
Also, have a look at the handsome and mellifluous home of Barbarian Productions
In Etchells news, hope you're following this guardian column and that you've read this.
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