Sam Trubridge

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Sam Trubridge is a performance designer, solo artist and director. He has created performance art and theatre works for venues and events in Oceania, Europe and the Americas. He is director of The Performance Arcade — an annual festival of live art and performance on Wellington Waterfront, and is associate editor (Oceania) for World Scenography, a survey of performance design from 1975 to 2015. In 2015 he directed Deep Anatomy with freedivers and artists for PSi#21 Fluid States (The Bahamas) as well as the New Zealand New Performance Festival at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, New York City. He has written for Illusions (NZ), Theatre Forum (USA), Performance Paradigm (AUS), Australasian Drama Studies Journal (AUS), A(l)Berto) (Brazil) and Performance Research (UK). He joined the Theatreview team in June 2012.

Sam Trubridge's reviews


Hamilton, Wellington

19/08/2015 - 29/08/2015

"Box set collaborates to unite choreography and performance..

"Playful and wonderfully abundant...

A Midsummer Night's Dream (RNZB)

Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Napier, Global

20/08/2015 - 12/04/2020

"The course of true love never did run smooth..

"A feel-good ballet to enjoy at home..

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NOW 2015

Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton

09/07/2015 - 19/07/2015

"Young, fresh and exuberant..

"Invigorating and thought provoking..

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21/11/2014 - 22/11/2014

"Committed, well-conceived, generously gifted dance works..


Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wellington

16/10/2014 - 25/10/2014

"provocation, polemicism, playfulness, physicality..

"Striking, confronting, profound and delightful..

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Mana Wahine

Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Rotorua, Dunedin, Napier

15/02/2014 - 26/06/2016

"Two years after debut, Mana Wahine still an unforgettable performance..

"Embracing the inherent power of mana wahine as a collective force..

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NOW 2014

Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland

29/05/2014 - 06/06/2014

"Practising the art of asking questions..

"Honouring our highly specialised individual artists..

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The Crimson House


05/03/2014 - 06/03/2014

"Slow contemplation reveals an other world..

And Then It Moved

Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington

15/05/2013 - 15/10/2013

"Buckets go dancing..

"A Privileged Window..

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Footnote Forte Series 2013 - We Have Been There

Wellington, Dunedin, Auckland, Nelson

06/03/2013 - 16/04/2013

"Review: We Have been There..

"Fresh and fascinating..

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Feet of Clay


28/02/2013 - 03/03/2013

"Earthy connections - place, settlement, landscape, soil, and society..

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Auckland, Wellington

27/10/2012 - 30/10/2012

"A madcap evening of entertainment..

"King Louis would be proud (and loud)..

Do You Still Think of Me


30/08/2012 - 31/08/2012

"Wacky theatre refreshes..

"Oddball and melancholic lyricism and cerebral calisthenics...

Footnote Forte Series 2012

Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland

15/08/2012 - 09/10/2012

"Two cultural traditions united in dance..

"Idiosyncratic and electric, with wide appeal..

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Made in New Zealand 2012 - Footnote Dance Company

Dunedin, Auckland, Wellington

22/03/2012 - 13/06/2012

"In Fine Fettle..

"Footnote's excellent pedigree to the fore..

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