The New Performance Festival 2012
The Edge, Auckland
17th – 25th February
Next month The Edge will be presenting an international line-up of cutting edge theatre practitioners including German documentary theatre mavericks Rimini Protokoll, award winning artists 2b Theatre Company, Fleur Elise Noble and auteurs Frank Van De Ven & Peter Snow.
Breaking down boundaries in the theatre world with their subversion of styles, Rimini Protokoll bring real life to the stage in a way that no other theatre form has been able to achieve. Their exploration of outsourcing work to low-cost countries, Call Cutta In A Box arrives in New Zealand at the end of a three year award-winning world tour.
A complete overhaul of what audiences expect from performance, Call Cutta In A Box works with real people in real situations. One of the most avant garde companies in German contemporary theatre, Rimini Protokoll have earned awards such as the prestigious Silver Lion at the 41st Biennale of Venice (2011), the Germany’s Mülheimer Dramatiker Prize in 2007 and the European Theatre Prize in the “New Realities” category in 2008. This season marks the company’s first time in New Zealand and is presented in association with the Goethe-Institute and the German Federal Foreign Office.
Having picked up a five-star review and the Herald Angel Award at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, Canadian collective 2b theatre company presents their celebrated work Invisible Atom as part of the international line-up. The one-man-show, starring Anthony Black, dabbles in scenarios such as economics, confidence crisis, ethics and physics. Very human, very real, Invisible Atom is an affecting story of personal tragedy from some of Canada’s most innovative and thought provoking theatre practitioners.
Fleur Elise Noble’s 2 Dimensional Life of Her involves her projected scrawls and sketches which come to life linking performance art and puppetry. As Noble loses control of her creations suddenly absolutely anything becomes possible. One of the darlings of the new performance scene, her work has performed across makeshift galleries and theatre spaces around Australia and international art festivals and is perhaps one of the indie-chic highlights of the New Performance Festival.
Respected performance artists of improvised movement, Frank van de Ven and Peter Snow bring their The Death of Agency as part of their Thought/Action series. A “performance research investigation”, The Death of Agency demonstrates their aesthetic at work – traversing through the experiences of living and dying, and how they intersect with the intensities of loss and redemption.
CALL CUTTA IN A BOX: Feb 17– 25, hourly (Thurs – Sat: 4:15pm to 11:15pm. Sun – Weds: 4:15pm to 9:15pm)
INVISIBLE ATOM: Feb 21 – 25, 7:45pm
2 DIMENSIONAL LIFE OF HER: Feb 17 – 21 (Fri, Mon and Tues 6:30pm, Sat and Sun 4pm and 6:30pm)
Lower NZI 2, Aotea Centre
THOUGHT/ACTION: THE DEATH OF AGENCY: 19th, 7:45pm
Lower NZI 3, Aotea Centre