Posts Tagged ‘The Edge’

Show Pony

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

New Performance Festival in collaboration with The Edge presents…


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

Beckett Says

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

Headphone experience and performance for public places


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


Future Hotel