Power Ballad

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Power Ballad

Julia Croft / Nisha Madhan

PART PERFORMANCE LECTURE, PART KARAOKE PARTY

“I am looking for a (body) language which exists outside the patriarchal definitions. Of course that is not possible. But who is any longer interested in the possible” – Kathy Acker

Part performance lecture, part karaoke party, deconstructing gendered linguistic histories and ripping apart language to find a new articulation of pleasure, anger and femaleness. We’re smashing it all to pieces and starting again. We’re behaving badly. We’re singing too many power ballads.

Created and performed by Julia Croft – Theatre & Performance Artist
Directed by Nisha Madhan (The Town Centre)

“Power Ballad is a revolution: winking while bringing both form and content to its knees in a way that is deeply, deeply hopeful.” – The Pantograph Punch

Power Ballad has been selected to travel to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – your support of this season will help make it happen!

POWER BALLAD plays
6 – 17 June; 6.30pm
Basement Theatre
More dets: http://bit.ly/powerballadtix

Double bill with If There’s Not Dancing at the Revolution (Fundraiser Season) for just $40 every Thurs-Sat of the season.

Presented by Zanetti Productions.
Photo: Andi Crown Photography

WINNERS of Best Contemporary/Live Art, Best Actress, From Fringe To Fortune awards at the 2017 Auckland Fringe Festival.

FREE HAPPINESS

August 1, 2016 |  by  |  Direction & Collaboration, Future Hotel, Performance, Theatre  |  Share

Free Happiness PAINT& SN

FREE HAPPINESS

By Future Hotel

An exchange: money for things, things for value in use. Watch your spending grow, or use money to create more and walk right out the door with it. Personal increase in wealth assured.

Free Happiness is a performance experience that creates a tailored economy. Buy your ticket for $20 and receive twenty-one $1 coins in return. Over the next 90 minutes the artists will do all they can to win back, re circulate, account for, waste, value and devalue your money.

Brought to you by Future Hotel (Nisha Madhan & Stephen Bain) whose acts of public intervention alter all known futures.

Participation is mandatory.

FREE HAPPINESS
At Basement Theatre
2 – 6 August // 6.30pm
Tickets $20

BOOK HERE

WATCH FREE HAPPINESS VIDEOS


2nd August // Economically Irresponsible Night
3rd August // Arts Administrators and Accountants Night
4th August // Changemakers and Trail Blazers Night
5th August // Student Debt and Mortgagees Night
6th August // Non-Conformists Night

TITLED

October 25, 2015 |  by  |  Direction & Collaboration, Performance, Theatre, TITLED  |  Share

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TITLED

Read Rosabel Tan’s impression of TITLED on The Pantograph Punch HERE.

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Unveiling the politics at play using social maps governed by systems upon systems upon systems.

In an attempt to discover exactly what The Bottom Line is, Nisha Madhan (BPSA, BA Hons) presents a complicated, tricky performance situation rife with Rules and Regulations. Audiences are invited to negotiate the Terms and Conditions of their experience making them Stakeholders in the Business of Performance. Using Best Practice and Strategic Goals developed with Auckland University Managerial Staff member and Supervisor, Dr. Emma Willis (PhD), Innovative Spatial Collusion from Stephen Bain (BBSc, Dip. Act) alongside Assistant Mind Dynamics Collaborator Poppy Serano (Dip. CompGraphDes, BDes), Madhan will ensure that an environment of Quality, Leadership, Excellence and Success will be diligently avoided at all costs.

This piece comes out of a desire to treat the concept of an unspoken contract between audience and performer literally. This is a fundamental exchange between You, Me, Here, There and the Army of Administrators that run the world.

Let’s lay all our cards on the table.

Performance: Nisha Madhan / Poppy Serano
Design: Stephen Bain

 

 

The First 7500 Days Of My Life by Uther Dean

October 5, 2015 |  by  |  Direction & Collaboration, Upcoming  |  Share

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Young and Hungry 2015 present:

“The Presentation of Findings from My Scientific Survey of the First 7500 Days of My Life, Done in the Interest of Showing You How to Live Better Lives”

Written by Uther Dean, and Directed by Nisha Madhan.

Production Stills

Some people collect stamps, some people play sports, and some people undertake in-depth scientific surveys for each day of their entire lives. Let’s just say that Max Addison doesn’t collect stamps or play sports. The presentation of the findings from Max’s survey, findings that could indeed be literally considered their life’s work, will be a momentous occasion. To not attend such a momentous occasion could easily be construed as oafish or unthinking. Max is certain that you will wish to avoid this pitfall.

Starring: Saraid Cameron, Arlo Gibson, Anthony Crum, Ravi Gurunathan, Andrew Gunn, and Doug Grant.

8.30pm. Mon-Sat.
Bookings: www.basementtheatre.co.nz/whats-on/7500days

Direction Assistance / Ash Jones
Set / Christine Urquhart w/ Sarah Kirk, Shiloh Dobie, Lizzie Morris
Sound / Thomas Press
Lighting / Rachel Marlow w/ Jack Dryden & Liam McDonald-Lurch
Costume / Fraser Mildon w/ Tori Manley, Melissa Peacock & Francesca Wilson
AV / Stephen Bain

 

What Have You Done To Me? in Finland

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Stephen and Nisha have been invited to present their absurdist cabaret What Have You Done To Me? at the New Performance Turku Festival in Finland.  This invitation comes via the curation of Auckland Performance artist Dr. Mark Harvey and includes solos works by himself, and Val Smith.

We have decided to put on a special pre-Finland performance season of the show at The Basement before we leave 2 – 13 September.  Coupled with our recent work LIES, we are about to seize everyone’s favourite little theatre with our performance goodie bag of dancing, gorillas, snooty French women, lying, cheating and TOO MUCH CONFETTI!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

LIES

January 6, 2014 |  by  |  Direction & Collaboration, LIES, Production, Uncategorized, Upcoming  |  Share

Finalist Most Original Production, Auckland Theatre Awards 2014

Theatrescenes Most Memorable Moments  (James Wenley) 2014

Lumiere Reader Best of Auckland Theatre (Sam Brooks) 2014

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The Town Centre presents genre-defying, anarchic and party fueled hour in which 4 performers lie, cheat and run gleefully into the face of failure.  LIES is a deliberately unstable world of theatrical discord and pure play.

It breaks every rule of the theatre ….” – Theatreview

“anarchic mayhem with strong performers and a clear sense of a highly rigorous underlying process. This to me was a glimpse of what I associate with a fringe festival” – Chris Jannides, Head of Movement, Toi Whakaari

Performers: Ash Jones/Josh Rutter/Julia Croft/Lara Fischel-Chisholm
Direction/Design: Nisha Madhan/Stephen Bain

 

Duration 60 minutes

UPCOMING SHOWS:

5-13 September at The Basement alongside What Have You Done To Me? and  The Review Project

Click Here to Book Tickets

VIEW VIDEOS

PAST PERFORMANCES:

In Wellington: 27 february – 2 March

At BATS Understudy as part of the 2014 NZ FRINGE FESTIVAL.

VIEW Lorde’s Letter of Support

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Supported by Creative NZ

2013 LIES Workshop Videos

December 7, 2013 |  by  |  Direction & Collaboration, LIES, Uncategorized  |  Share

 

2013 LIES Workshop Videos:

Click on an image below to be taken to the video.  All videos are from various development session over the past year.  They are each roughly 1-3 minutes long.
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What Have You Done To Me?

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Finalist Most Original Production, Auckland Theatre Awards 2014

Theatrescenes Most Memorable Moments  (James Wenley) 2014

Lumiere Reader Best of Auckland Theatre (Sam Brooks) 2014

 

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A Modern Cabaret of Obsessions.
“charming, troubled, energetic, violent, seductive…hilariously entertaining.” – TheatreviewInspired by the stalkeresque work of French photographer, Sophie Calle, this absurdist cabaret of obsessions by Nisha Madhan and Stephen Bain hides nothing and invites everything.  Contains dancing, offensive language, gorillas and confetti.
UPCOMING SHOWS:
8.30pm @ The Basment
Click HERE to book tickets.
COLLABORATORS/DIRECTORS/PERFORMERS: Stephen Bain and Nisha Madhan
VIDEO
GALLERY
REVIEW
PREVIOUS SEASONS:
2014 At BATS Theatre as part of the 2014 NZ Fringe Festival
2010 Fredrick Street Sound and Light Exploration Society
2010 Basement Theatre as part of the 2010 Auckland Fringe Festival
 

IQ2

November 2, 2013 |  by  |  Direction & Collaboration, Future Hotel, Public Performances  |  Share

WINNER – Best in Outdoor (NZ Fringe Awards)

FUTURE HOTEL presents IQ2 (Intimate Questions 2)

SUITABLE FOR ANYONE WITH EARS.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Are you a dreamer or a schemer?

Are you more good looking than most people you know?

Are you looking for someone?

Have you been waiting for someone who will take you into the future?

Find your answers at IQ2, Future Hotel’s latest public and private personality test.

IQ2 is a group questionaire and public happening. Participants answer a series of questions with simple movements creating a human pie chart of the personal, moral, and futuristic statistics of the group.

We have 20 sets of wireless headphones. Put them on. Listen and respond. Meet strangers.

Take a breath.
Think of the future.
Begin.

COLLABORATORS: Nisha Madhan, Stephen Bain & Jeff Henderson

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UPCOMING SESSIONS:

14 FEBRUARY @ SPLORE FESTIVAL

15-16 & 22-23 FEBRUARY @ HAMILTON GARDENS FESTIVAL

1-2 FEBRAURY @ WELLINGTON FRINGE FESTIVAL

WEBSITE

GALLERY

ESSAY

IQ2 Fringe Programme artwork - NEW

This Is My Real Job.

 

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REVIEW: Pantograph Punch (Josephe Harper / Rosabel Tan)

REVIEW: Theatreview (Reuben Hilder)

FINALIST – Standout Performer and Most Original Concept (Dunedin Fringe Awards)

My name is Lara. Please come to my awesome show at my mum and dad’s house. I’ll do some dancing, top quality acting and you’ll leave feeling really good about things. Come and see me before I get famous and help make dreams come true. 

Dress however you like. 

Yours sincerely, Lara.

Performed by Lara Fischel-Chisholm at Chisholm House, Dunedin.

Directed by Nisha Madhan.

Seasons:

17 – 21 March

Basement Studio

13 – 19 March 2014

Dunedin Fringe Festival