Laurel, Level 1, 418 Princes Street, Dunedin

29/03/2019 - 30/03/2019

Dunedin Fringe 2019

Production Details


The performers navigate a terrain of their own making, exploring choreography, time and space, whilst contending with the influence of an omnipresent, Clairvoyant Mr Fox.

First developed in Ōtautahi, Christchurch in 2018, ‘Once More, with Feeling’ was proposed by dancer/choreographer David Huggins, and developed in collaboration with dance-wunderkinds Josie Archer and Kosta Bogoievski.

5.30pm Friday. 11am Saturday


Casual admission

Venue:  Laurel, Dunedin, Otago, Level 1, 418 Princes Street.

Improv , Dance , Contemporary dance ,

1 hour

Entangled. Unhindered. Fringed

Review by Kate Timms-Dean 31st Mar 2019

The Dunedin Fringe Festival is always a fantastic event, bringing out the interesting, the weird and the bizarre. This year’s Fringe has been equally fantastic, but I have wondered all week where the fringe is. Don’t get me wrong – I have loved every performance I have been lucky enough to attend. Every one has evoked emotion, inspired reflection, and made me look more deeply at everyday life around me. But they haven’t felt very ‘finge-y.’

But that all changes, as my daughter and I head up the stairs of an innocuous-looking Princes Street building to a site called the Laurel Project. We arrive a little late, but the Fringe website indicates this doesn’t matter; “Free,” it says, “Casual admission.”

We arrive on a landing where three others are already standing, watching through a gridded window to see the performance within. There are more seats inside, but they are all taken, so we stand with our new crew, skulking on a shadowy landing. It feels voyeuristic.

Inside, we see three figures dressed in white, paper coveralls; these are the dancers, David Huggins, Josie Archer and Kosta Bogoievski. They are clearly naked underneath. A note taped to the door warns that the performance includes nudity. My daughter is almost 16, but I check; she isn’t concerned. 

It takes me a few minutes to figure out the patterns and to realise they are being orchestrated by a piece of paper and a hidden voice. “Reset,” he says, and the paper is consulted, a new combination is explored against a background of words, sounds, music. Performance art and improvisational dance are tangled together behind the grid-like lines of the window through which we peer. The dancers are unhindered, free to respond. They are stimulated by words written on a piece of paper, taped to the wall. These people, these objects, these words, these sounds – go.

Paper on the wall is consulted, paper coveralls are discarded. Naked bodies spoon on the floor and stalk through the space, fox-headed. Here, finally, is the fringe of the Fringe.  


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