Posts Tagged ‘Collaborations’

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
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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

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The Magnificent Western Park Open

November 2, 2012 |  by  |  Future Hotel, Public Performances  |  Share

 

(Image by Naomi Lamb)

ART IN THE DARK

 9 & 10 NOVEMBER 2012

WESTERN PARK

PONSONBY-AUCKLAND

Come and play shadow tennis with Future Hotel. Slicker than your average match, The Magnificent Western Park Open will use a giant, interactive wall, wireless racquets, endless colours and a soundtrack you build all on your own.

COLLABORATORS: Nisha Madhan, Stephen Bain & Drew McMillan

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Intimate Questions

November 2, 2012 |  by  |  Future Hotel, Public Performances  |  Share

Conceived for Feeding Habits, a performance night at The Audio Foundation in Myers Park.

IQ (Intmite questions) is a group questionaire and public choreography. Participants answer a series of questions delivered to them through wireless headphones with simple movements creating a human pie chart of the personal, moral, and futuristic statistics of the group.

Come alone, leave together.

COLLABORATORS: Nisha Madhan & Stephen Bain

The Wailing Chamber

November 2, 2012 |  by  |  Performance, Public Performances  |  Share

THE WAILING CHAMBER

Interactive street performance – The Mourners collect messages of grief from all around the city then perform a ceremony to release the grief for good. Participants can take part in the ceremony or stand outside and listen to the rapturous wailing. Commissioned for Festival of Carnivale (Wellington City Council) October 2011.

COLLABORATORS: Jeff Henderson, Gerard Crewdson, Stephen Bain & Nisha Madhan

Show Pony

November 2, 2012 |  by  |  Direction & Collaboration, Performance  |  Share

New Performance Festival in collaboration with The Edge presents…

SHOW PONY

By Nisha Madhan and Alexa Wilson

24/25th February, 6.30pm
Lower NZI 3, Aotea Centre
Show Pony conceptually is a satirical look at the world of Talk show television, celebrity ‘cult’ culture, and public therapy through the lens of avant-guarde performance and how these worlds collide. It is a self-referential play on our own public roles within performance in NZ- Nisha Madhan as former Shortland Street favourite ‘Shanti’ and Alexa Wilson as a multi award-winning experimental choreographer.The audience are treated to a live talk show where the roles of talk show host and guest, client and therapist are continuously swapping. The show reveals and subverts the artiface of performance, celebrity, real life, public persona, public therapy and high art. It references a culture of mediated narcissicism in which fame, social popularity and winning are revered above all else.

Consciously playing the line of real life experience and contrived public persona we take a light hearted approach using self-effacing egotism to open up a world of institutionalised media deception.

“The way Alexa Wilson sees it, the outer edges of her art form are there to be stepped over… or subverted…” The Listener

Comissioned by The Edge for the New Performance Festival 2012.
COLLABORATORS & PERFORMERS: Nisha Madhan & Alexa Wilson
Review by Nik Smythe for Theatreview
Review by Christina Houghton for Theatreview
New Performance Festival Website

Stranger Things 3: 100 Apologies

November 2, 2012 |  by  |  Direction & Collaboration  |  Share


WE’RE SORRY. WE DID THE BEST WE COULD.

Conceived by Lara Fischel-Chisholm, Stranger Things is a series of performances made up of pairing of artistic strangers.  In Stranger Things 3 I was paired with the playwright and performer Joseph Harper. Together we created a one man performance made up entirely of verbal, physical and promised apologies.  Each member received their own personal apology performed by Joseph in a half deconstructed monologue, half stand up comedy style backed strongly by as much self depreciation as we could find.

COLLABORATORS: Nisha Madhan & Joseph Harper.

PERFORMER: Joseph Harper.

Joseph Harper’s Website

 

Beckett Says

November 2, 2012 |  by  |  Future Hotel, Public Performances  |  Share


Headphone experience and performance for public places

DO AS I SAY, SAY AS I DO…

Beckett Says is a sound experience and incidental performance in the city. Public participants wear headphones and follow instructions, while passers by and observers are gently invited in to watch, react and interact.

Beckett Says invites fresh ways of seeing and being in public space. It acknowledges the shifts in reality we experience every day, being in an urban environment. To observe and to be observed is part of human nature and in the city we are constantly adjusting our behaviour to this notion subconsciously.

Beckett Says also encourages a sense of intimacy in the city. Like an intimate inner voice, the soundtrack speaks quietly and calmly to you, creating a comforting environment where participants feels freer to be their private selves within this public space. Often in public we feel our behaviour is monitored as the public self. In this way Beckett Says is a way of being private and public at the same time.
The game usually ends in laughter and interaction between participants who did or did not know each other earlier, and between participants and observers.

COLLABORATORS: Stephen Bain, Nisha Madhan with Sam Hamilton and Lara Fischel-Chisholm

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Burlesque

November 2, 2012 |  by  |  Performance  |  Share

MADEMOISELLE (2008)

Created for Burlesque: As You Like It.  Mademoiselle was based on the first ever accidental strip.  Charmingly clumsy, Mademoiselle needs the audiences help to untangle, unzip and undress her in order for her to complete her strip.  A light hearted piece which negotiates the power relationship between the performer and her audience.

Direction & Concept: Eve Gordon

 

I WANNA BE EVIL (2009)

Created for The Sexy Recession Show.  An all singing all stripping version of Eartha Kitt’s seminal song ‘I Wanna Be Evil.’  The audience watch themselves watching the performer as she strips behind a strategically placed mirror.

 

 

Collaborators: Eve Gordon & Nisha Madhan

 

JOSEPHINE (2010)

Created for The Blush Review.  Josephine was created as a salute to exoticism and a nod to Josephine Baker.  Josephine loves to feed bananas to her audience before stripping off her gorilla suit to reveal a fruitily clad curvacious body underneath her grotesque and hairy mask.

Concept: Nisha Madhan

 

 

ETUDE IN POINTALISM (2010)

Created for The Blush Review the Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber.  The last in this series of burlesques is the most abstract in image.  Intended as a deconstruction of Burlseque and the body itself, a classic fan dance performed in only black light.  The fans lift off to reveal the performers body covered only in luminous white dots.

 

Concept: Nisha Madhan

 

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