Te Auaha - Tapere Iti, 65 Dixon St, Wellington

20/03/2018 - 24/03/2018

NZ Fringe Festival 2018 [reviewing supported by WCC]

Production Details

Toi Pōneke presents: Dance Residency features up-and-coming artists in a development season of their new work. After the success of the 2017 residency, Toi Pōneke is proud to offer two dance practitioners a chance to take bold risks and test something fresh in Wellington’s hottest stomping ground: NZ Fringe.

Te Auaha – Theatre 2
Wednesday 21 – Saturday 24 March
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Dance ,

1 hr

The web we weave ...

Review by Donna Banicevich Gera 22nd Mar 2018

The webs we weave for ourselves while living our daily lives is an interesting theme to explore on the live stage. At the Te Auaha theatre in Dixon St, Toi Poneke Productions presents Blueprint, a hip-hop and contemporary dance performance. Co-choreographers and directors Connor Masseurs and Toa Paranihi bring a whole new vision and style to the stage by combining movement with the sounds of beatboxing artist Molly Mason.

Blueprint is a unique experience. Panels of white string hang from each side of the space. Initially the significance is unclear but soon it begins to reveal itself, as these multi-faceted performers begin to bring their original and engaging form to the floor. Masseurs and Paranihi are a talented duo. The choreography is slick. The movement different. The concept innovative.

Through dance they explain that every moment in our day is significant. Like spiders we weave our own webs. How we react to the maze of threads that contain our lives have impact on ourselves and on others. Within the performance a web is created through movement that takes over the theatre – we’re all a part of it. The message is there. Ultimately we chose how to navigate our way forwards. Ultimately we make decisions on how much weight or meaning we give to each thread.

Are we like puppets, manipulated by others? Sometimes on a tightrope as we travel through the twists and turns of life. At one point the choreography is married to the beats live on stage by Mason. How impressive it is.

Together this group of artists have a distinctive voice that needs to be seen. The technical director Mattias Olofsson has done the production proud, as has Liv Chan the producer. All the elements seem to come together effortlessly – and that, as we know, is no mean feat. It’s a professional production.

You can’t, it seems, escape the web of lines taking over on a daily basis. Freedom can be short-lived as the strings of connections wind their way under us, around us, creating havoc through our days, through our lives. Can we release ourselves from the binary forces? Blueprint doesn’t provide the answers but Blueprint will make you think.


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