Posts Tagged ‘Performance’

This Is Not A Title

February 17, 2016 |  by  |  Performance, Writing  |  Share

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This Is Not A Title is a video performance.  Click Here to view the video and read the artist statement.

ME, YOU, HERE, THERE

February 17, 2016 |  by  |  Performance, Theatre  |  Share

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ME YOU HERE THERE

ME YOU HERE THERE is a participatory solo performance by Nisha Madhan that addresses the tensions and negotiations of group dynamics, identification through inter-subjectivity and cosmic dust. It is a choreographic study of a relational atmosphere that unearths power structures at play in performance.

This work comes out of a desire to make a performance that cannot exist without an audience. An idea articulated by Jacques Rancier in his article The Emancipated Spectator, there is no theatre without spectators.”

Through a process of obsessive identification participants are asked to consider three questions: Who are we? Where are we? and Why are we here? It exploits performance persona and the materials of administration and bureaucracy in order to attempt to define the present moment.

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The performance space of ME YOU HERE THERE is a microcosm and a metaphor for an existentialist grappling with our purpose on the spinning earth.

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
 

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

I Won’t Be Happy Until I Lose One Of My Limbs

November 2, 2012 |  by  |  Performance  |  Share

I WON’T BE HAPPY UNTIL I LOOSE ONE OF MY LIMBS
Presented by Win-Win Biscuit Factory in association with STAMP at THE EDGE
2-19 February 2011 @ The Basement Theatre

In a tiny town at the bottom of the world, there is about to be an apocalypse. It will require party supplies.

Budding artist O’Gradient receives constant ego primping from her followers The Nobodies and her mysterious invisible friend Bob. Nevertheless, she feels incomplete. She fantasises about suffering; specifically, having one less leg. Barney and his mother seem to have misplaced Barney’s father. Town bike Derek works the ladies all day, with special approval from God, when not torturing his girlfriend Ping. Their town Love Mountain is falling down around their ears.

With a black comic heart and gentle rock ‘n’ roll sensibility, I Won’t be Happy… is the trueish tale of a girl who won’t be happy till she severs a limb.

WRITER/PRODUCER: Julie Hill

DESIGNER: Stephen Bain

PERFORMERS: Nisha Madhan, Gareth Reeves, Jeremy Randerson

Review by Lillian Richards for Theatreview

Review by Paul Simei-Barton for NZ Herald

Preview by Dionne Christian for NZ Herald

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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The House of Bernarda Alba

November 2, 2012 |  by  |  Performance, Production, Uncategorized  |  Share

Phundmi Productions and TAPAC Theatre

In association with The Murray Hutchinson Creative Trust, Arts Alive and Creative Communities present

THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA
By Federico Garcia Lorca

Following the sudden death of her husband, the formidable matriarch Bernarda Alba will do anything to safeguard her family’s dubious fortune and the future of her five daughters. Five headstrong women cooped up in the family home in an emotionally charged atmosphere of bitter rivalry and repressed sexuality make this an epic challenge for her. Though she rules over her house with an iron fist she cannot stop her most prized posessions from running into the lions jaws.One of the most celebrated European dramas of the 20th century, the play was finished by Lorca shortly before he was executed in Spain for his left-wing politics. Faithfully preserving Lorca’s sense of boiling tension and impending tragedy, the play lines up a stunning cast of women and a chorus of twenty to bring this classic text thrillingly up to date.
FEATURING: Michele Hine, Sylvia Rands, Yvette Parsons, Tania Anderson, Sarah Gallagher, Rashmi Pilapitiya, Liesha Ward Knox, Jodie Hillock, Nisha Madhan and twenty others…
DIRECTION by Margaret Mary Hollins
PRODUCTION Nisha Madhan
CHORUS led by Laurel Devenie
COSTUMES by Cyan Yasmin Corwine
LIGHTS by Michael Craven
SET by Barnie Duncan
JUNE 11 – 20 2010
TAPAC THEATRE
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Review by Nik Smythe for Theatreview
Review by Paul Simei-Barton for NZ Herald
Preview by Dionne Christian NZ Herald
Preview by Sharu Delikan for The Aucklander
Profile: Michele Hine for NZ Herald
Profile Nisha Madhan NZ Herald