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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
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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
 

Cowboy Mouth & Love It Up

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By The Town Centre.

THE LEGEND OF COWBOY MOUTH

Cowboy Mouth is a surreal, poetic piece dreamt up by Shepard and Smith in a war of words that lasted for two nights. Every reference in the play is infused with the true character of these two icons and the dynamic of their volatile love affair. Their performance on April 29, 1971 at the American Place Theater is shrouded in mystery and intrigue, with Shepard presenting a double bill of his plays: Back Bog Beast Bait, starring his wife, followed by Cowboy Mouth with Smith. According to his friends, it was “one of the wildest autobiographies he ever produced and one of the most exciting performances they’d ever seen.” However, on the third night, unable to cope with the goldfish effect of playing out his reality on stage, Shepard vanished, forcing the show to close.

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THE LEGEND OF LOVE IT UP

Legend has that the fellow playing the Lobster Man bit part in Cowboy Mouth then found himself holding a gun to his head in a puff of smoke with flickering fluorescent lights on his face.  His lobster shell had gone and behind him stood a tall pregnant cosmic matriarch.  Patti was asleep in the bed and Sam had disappeared. During the course of the next 45 minutes he navigated an exstential dilemma: was he a lobster or was he Josh, an actor in a lobster suit?  Who was the matriarch and why was she whispering to him?  Who would help him keep all these planets she kept giving him in orbit?  Or was he in fact, the one who was meant to play Slim in the first place?

Love It Up is an absurdist post-dramtic theatrical adventure inspired by Timothy Leary’s writings about LSD.  The work takes the performers and audience combined on a deconstructed journey through psychadelic imagery, the universe, the poetry of Allen Ginsberg and leaves us with more questions than answers.

In the end it is the audience that decide what’s real and what isn’t, who’s telling the truth and who’s faking it.

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PATTI SMITH:PUNK POET QUEEN – Guardian Article

Watch Patti Smith’s Advice for the Young
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THE TOWN CENTRE and Q PRESENTS

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COWBOY MOUTH & LOVE IT UP
AN ACID TRIP WITH
PATTI SMITH.
THIS IS THE THEATRE OF ROCK AND ROLL
The Town Centre presents a double bill of Cowboy Mouth and Love it Up alongside a feast of live music from independent female artists including 2012 Critics Choice Award Winner Watercolours.
The long-buried theatrical writing of infamous rock ‘n roll matriarch Patti Smith and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard will  steal the minds of Auckland audiences in September 2014 at Q Loft.
Cowboy Mouth is a take-no-prisoners rock and roll love-romp through the seventies, while its provocative and devised counterpart Love it Up promises a mind-bending, heart-thumping arrival into a landscape of LSD pyschedelia.Originally performed in 1971 at American Place Theatre by Patti and Sam themselves, the play was written in the throes of a “real heavy passionate kind of thing” between the co-authors in the dim light of Patti pre-fame.
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(production still above: Ash uses practical lights to light his own monologue)
“…every new generation translates for itself. And it’s up to us to both embrace history, and break it apart. Blow it up even” Patti Smith, Dream of Life.
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(production still above: Immersive design.  The lovers take refuge an in inset fantastical booth with practical lighting.  The Q presents version will use this as a starting point for audience seating)

Foul-mouthed and fallen, they’re both as mean as snakes and living in the dream of too many morning-afters. This hazy hyper-reality is the perfect introduction to Love it Up, an experimental choreographic study on the outer thought of LSD. Hold onto your beads and your beginnings to let this beautiful blur of space, light and text fling open your doors of perception.

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(Produciton still above: Collective experience.  Lara is lit by audience members.  The design of the solar system around her is carried about by audience member as well.)

“life isn’t some vertical or horizontal line … it’s not neat… we feel and sense and see things simultaneously – walking through the interior of your own mind which is another whole jungle” Patti Smith; Dream of Life

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(Production Still Above: Audience participation.  Josh facilitates an enactment of the 9 planets in orbit by enlisted audience members’ help.)

This is your chance to inhabit the verbal and visual acid trip of a lifetime; this double bill is a double-vision, a doubly-troubled, and a double-edged thrust into the world of rock ‘n roll.

DIRECTION: Nisha Madhan LIGHTS: Stephen Bain SET & COSTUME: Lara Fischel-Chisholm

PERFORMERS: Ash Jones, Josephine Stewart-Tewhiu, Josh Rutter, Lara Fischel-Chisholm

WITH MUSIC by Hermione Johnson

VIEW THE TRAILER
Best of Theatre 2012 by Janet McAllister NZ Herald.
Review by Nik Smythe for Theatreview.
Review by Matt Baker for Theatrescenes.
Radio Interview with Charlotte Ryan for BFM.
Radio Interview with Eva Radich for Upbeat, Concert FM.
Preview by Courteney Peters for Gather and Hunt.
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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

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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

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

 

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

 

Venus Is…

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The Dust Palace in association with STAMP at THE EDGE presents a fearless mix of physical and aerial theatre, dance and song. With director Eve Gordon, the company reinterprets stories by, amongst others, Anais Nin, Shakespeare and James Joyce.

An older couple’s rediscovery of each other after spending years side by side forms the central plot of this multi-layered narrative. Together they encounter forgotten memories and desires, re-engage with their past and discover their long lost eroticism.

This intimate tale challenges perceptions of sexual relationships and encompasses moments of tragedy as well as those of pure joy.

From Wednesday 7th September until Saturday 17th September 2011
Comissioned for the opening of the Loft Space at Q Theatre.
DIRECTOR: Eve Gordon PRODUCER: Nisha Madhan
The Dust Palace Website
Review by Paul Simei-Barton for NZ Herald
Review by Raewyn White for Theatreview

Shakespeare Unbar’d

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

 

Shakespeare Unbar’d

The Food of Love

A raunchy Shakespearean Love fest.

Join ten actors for a night of frolic and frenzy. Presenting selected scenes from Shakespeare’s most loved romantic comedies, they will tickle your senses and deliver you straight into the arms of Valentines Day. The Mistress of Love will school you in the ways to win your lover’s heart, or rather in what NOT to do when you are in love. Need some advice? She’s the one to see. It’s a lesson in love from one who knows best, Uncle Shakespeare. Girls dressed as Boys, Wrestling matches, clowns, music, cat fights, and a generous dose of magic, if you came in without a clue, you’re guaranteed to leave with an A+ from our school of Love.

“Shakespeare Unbar’d – The Food of Love”

playing at the Dogs Bollix in February 2006.

PERFORMERS: Madeleine Hyland, Liesha Ward Knox, Sarah Gallagher, Nisha Madhan, Sam Berkley, Tom McRae, Jacob Tamaiparea, Francis Mountjoy, Daniel Mainwaring, Hayley Dallimore, Daniel Coppersmith.

DIRECTOR: Nisha Madhan

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Review by Nik Smythe for Theatreview