As the dancers emerge from the deep dark, their costumes, designed by Jane Boocock and Donna Jefferis and constructed by students, are strikingly elegant and beautifully made, setting the scene for this bizarre performance – outside of any specific time or place.
The most striking routine was Eliza Sander’s ‘Pink!ish’, during which two male dancers perform an intense and complex choreography while keeping their mouth’s constantly in contact.
Cut to 1924, Hollywood. A party of movers, shakers and up-and-comers board a boat for a weekend cruise on which “One of them will leave horizontally”
“When I was a kid I’d look at the bars in the bus and think about using them to dance.”
This Rugged Beauty is intended as a satire of the confluence of national mythos with tourist-brochure marketing-speak that has passed for this country’s national identity over the last ten to fifteen years.
Black Romedy sold itself as: “One hour. Two shows. Eternal satisfaction.”
Once We Built a Tower is the latest in a run of brilliant Bacchanals productions lighting up the Wellington scene.
With Alexander Sparrow, third-year English and Theatre student, and up-and-coming young comedian.
For the graduating class of Toi Whakaari, the 20-minute self-devised solo performances shown as part of the Go Solo season serve as a sample of what they can offer the professional theatre world.