November 23, 2021
WHEN WILL ARTS IN AOTEAROA GET THE GREEN LIGHT?
In the same week Auckland Theatre Company and Basement Theatre confirmed they were closing for the rest of the year, I attended a one night-only performance of Back to Square One? at the Tahi Festival of Solo Performance at Wellington’s BATS Theatre. …
The show exemplifies the drive from our artistic community to keep going, to innovate, to find ways to connect with and awhi audiences, to share stories and collective joy.
But keeping on going is hard going in the pandemic. As Aotearoa’s Delta outbreak stretches on and we attempt to reconcile what a ‘suppression’ approach to Covid means for us in reality, the path forward for the live arts sector in Aotearoa (we’re talking festivals, music, theatre, dance, comedy, literary events and more) still looks very uncertain.