WHAT GOES UP…
BATS Theatre (Out-Of-Site) Cnr Cuba & Dixon, Wellington
20/08/2013 - 24/08/2013
In the perfect community there is collaboration, affiliation, cooperation. Much like the ideal sense of karma. What you put in, you will get out. In this post-modern, technology dependent, socially exclusive society, the perfect community is only accessible by liking it on Facebook. Perhaps the community of Wellington city is dying… Surely, this isn’t the karma we deserve?
What Goes Up… is a lighthearted physical conversation with karma for the not necessarily spiritual. Guidebooks to karma proclaim we are the architects of our own fate. Guidebooks to physics reminds us that what goes up must come down. Guidance to being a part of a community requires you to login first. This uniquely devised piece guides us on an intricate journey of our community’s convenient kinship with karma.
Pat-A-Cake Productions is a team of Wellington’s fresh theatre-makers with connections to Victoria University’s theatre programme, Toi Whakaari and Long Cloud Youth Theatre. Over the past four months, they have devised the show from scratch.
Guided by director Bop Murdoch (Thin Skin, 2012 and Freeze Dried Reaction Strategy, 2011), this show has awakened their awareness of what they put out and what the universe gives us back on a daily basis. “It is urgent to see how we are doing this on a community level. Community being the greater good” – Jody Burrell.
Accompanied by a strong and moving musical score by Te Aihe Butler and transferrable set and lighting design, this is their original exploration of karma and community built from the core of human instinct.
It promises to be an original and innovative piece that will evoke raw emotion and harness the audience’s imagination. This type of devised physical work is rarely seen in Wellington. It’s physical theatre from your daily lives.It hones in on cause and effect. It speaks in a language of legs. It busies both the body and mobile design to question what karma our community deserves. How long before the things we put up don’t come back down?
**Caution: Apples may be beaten and eaten. Juice expected.
BATS Theatre, on the Corner of Cuba and Dixon Street for 2013
20 – 24 August, 6:30pm
To book: (04) 802 4175 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Playing with apples
Review by Laurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] 23rd Aug 2013
A few kilos of apples and a folding table are the main props of this new productions at Bats this week.
What Goes Up is closer to abstract dance than theatre and is built around a game which the actors perform as the audience enters the theatre: a variation of Grandma’s Footsteps involving apples, which get eaten, thrown, juggled, and offered to the audience.
There’s hardly any dialogue and what there is softly spoken. We do get a hint of what is going on when a couple sit at a table of the Karma Café where they are served only what they deserve.
The programme tells us to relax our entitlement of plot narrative and sharpen our alertness to our own “convection currents of karma affecting the momentum of this community.” Not easy to do when the eating and playing with apples around a table or the nurturing of bodies with a watering can are repeated in numerous variations despite the presence of four likeable performers.
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