New Zealand Performance Festival New York

March 12, 2015 - March 29, 2015

A FESTIVAL OF NEW PERFORMANCE FROM AOTEAROA, NEW ZEALAND

Representing the best of New Zealand contemporary performance across a wide variety of genres, from dance to stand up comedy, physical theatre to installation.  With nine works presenting over a three week period at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, the festival showcases award-winning and internationally respected artists, each curious, innovative, and eager to discover the next wave of performance. Experience these unique creative voices that are witty, direct, and profoundly kiwi.

ALL YOUR WANTS AND NEEDS FULFILLED FOREVER

Ellen Stewart Theatre | by PlayGround Collective
March 26 & 27 at 8pm | 70 minutes
Simon studies video game design, looks after his pet rats, and keeps himself glued to whatever screen is nearest—all to avoid thinking about the recent death of his father. But Simon’s world is turned upside down when a mysterious box is delivered to him that might just contain the Secret to the Universe... An acclaimed new theatre work by writer Eli Kent and director Robin Kerr of the award-winning PlayGround Collective.

 

CHET BAKER: LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

Ellen Stewart Theatre | by Goldthorpe Creative
March 28 at 8pm & 29 at 4pm | 115 minutes
Jazz and theatre brought together on stage in the gripping story of a US music legend. Performed and written by David Goldthorpe. Directed by David Lawrence.

ON THE CONDITIONS AND POSSIBILITIES OF HILLARY CLINTON TAKING ME AS HER YOUNG LOVER

First Floor Theatre | by Arthur Meek
March 12, 13, 14 at 7:30pm & 15 at 2pm | 60 minutes
A performance by Arthur Meek, a rising star in the New Zealand theatre scene, providing a convincing argument on:
1. Why Hillary Clinton needs a young lover
2. Why America needs Hillary Clinton to have a young lover
3. Why Meek himself should be her young lover

LISTENING POSTS

In public places throughout the East Village | by LudiCity
March 19 - 22 | Installation
Pervasive performance artists LudiCity install aluminium ‘listening posts’ throughout the city which can be accessed with any pair of headphones. They house curated recordings that draw from material recently made public through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This covert installation uses location-based mobile media to rethink notions of community, privacy and dialogue in relation to place.

NAG

La Galleria | by Marcus McShane
March 18 - 20 & 22 at 1pm - 5:30pm
An endurance-based performance-installation that constructs a self-propelled artist studio.

BREAK-UP

La Galleria | by Binge Culture
March 21 at 1:30pm - 7:30pm | Performance Installation
There’s no easy way to do this… Five performers, six hours of desperation, negotiation, devastation and emotional blackmail. Come and go from this one-off event as you please – or stay until everything is worked through.

SLEEP/WAKE

Ellen Stewart Theatre | by Sam Trubridge
March 19-21 at 8pm & 22 at 4pm | 7o minutes
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT: An award-winning art science performance with stunning visuals by director/designer Sam Trubridge.

SO SO GANGSTA

First Floor Theatre | by James Nokise
March 19, 20, 21 at 7:30pm & 22 at 2pm | 55 minutes
Samoan comedian James Nokise brings hip-hop culture back to the USA via the Pacific and Aotearoa, New Zealand.

FOR YOUR FUTURE GUIDANCE 

La Galleria | by Binge Culture
March 19, 20 & 22 at 6pm | 60 minutes
An interactive performance in the style of a self-help seminar, giving you the skills and knowledge to survive the new you-topia.