May 24, 2006

Spanish Theatre Artist to visit NZ.

helen varley jamieson posted 24 May 2006, 04:47 PM

From June 20 to July 5 2006, the Magdalena Aotearoa Trust will host a visit by Spanish theatre artist Rosa Casado. She will give lectures, workshops and performances in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin.

An independent creator and performer based in Madrid, Rosa Casado’s work centres on rewriting reality by de-contextualising ordinary daily acts to explore new ways of “thinking” and “doing”. She is particularly concerned with issues around tourism, migration and art’s capacity for transformation.

“Paradise 2: the incessant sound of a falling tree” is the title of the 30-minute solo performance which she will present in New Zealand. In it, Rosa describes her own holiday in Mali, juxtaposed with the story of a man’s migration from Senegal to Spain. Rosa will give the performance in English, and also in Spanish if there is the demand for it. The performance features a large chocolate island, and will be followed by a discussion with the artist.

New Zealand artists will have the opportunity to participate in a two-day workshop with Rosa, “To Create in a Time and a Place.” The workshop is directed at anyone wanting to investigate the capacity of art and action to speak about reality and to promote new ways of thinking.

20-23 June: Auckland
21-22 June: 2-day workshop (Luxembourg Gardens)
22 June, 8pm: performance (Luxembourg Gardens)

23-29 June: Wellington
24-25 June: 2-day workshop (Tararua Tramping Club)
24-25 June, 8pm: performances (Wellington Performing Arts Centre)
27-28 June: 2-day workshop (Thistle Hall)

30 June – 4 July: Dunedin
1-2 July: 2-day workshop and performance (venue TBC)

Further information about Rosa Casado, her performance and her workshop is available online at

To register for the workshops and for any other enquiries including images, please email or phone Helen Varley Jamieson on 021 023 92928 or (04) 934 9605.

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