In­ter­ac­tive show in­stills con­fi­dence

Central Leader - - SPORT - MAHVASH ALI

Sci­ence comes to her more nat­u­rally than art.

Yet for the past six years nurs­ing stu­dent Hana Men­der has spent ev­ery Satur­day af­ter­noon singing, danc­ing and per­form­ing at a cre­ative youth project called Mixit.

The 22-year-old refugee from Eritrea on the Horn of Africa said the art work­shops helped her gain con­fi­dence.

This year Men­der is one of six youth lead­ers help­ing young lo­cals, refugees and migrants to put to­gether Mixit’s an­nual sum­mer per­for­mance.

For the next two weeks she will be work­ing full time along­side a cast of 22 ‘‘mix­ers’’ from all over Auck­land.

They will cre­ate a pro­duc­tion cen­tred around life’s jour­ney.

This year’s show is called This Way Out and will be held at Cor­ban Es­tate on Jan­uary 21-22.

Mixit’s cre­ative pro­ducer Wendy Pre­ston said the in­ter­ac­tive show was about ex­plor­ing the free­dom of choice and the al­ter­na­tives to find a way through var­i­ous as­pects of life.

The or­gan­is­ers used the ar­chi­tec­ture of the Cor­ban Es­tate’s two per­for­mance sheds to cre­ate a ba­sic sketch for the show.

The au­di­ence and ac­tors will walk to­gether through a three­stage jour­ney to un­ravel the story.

The ‘‘pick-a-path style’’ per­for­mance fo­cuses on how sim­ple choices cre­ate ev­ery­day he­roes out of or­di­nary peo­ple.

Pre­ston said each ac­tor would have a dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the con­cept and they would work to­gether over the next two weeks to cre­ate a story out of it.

‘‘What the show will end up look­ing like is yet to be seen and of course we will have in­put from our au­di­ences as well.’’

For the first phase of the per­for­mance the au­di­ence en­ters through a large cor­ri­dor space.

The cast then lead them into the sec­ond seg­ment in­side a large tent.

Fi­nally, the group move into an open space for the last part of the show.

Au­di­ences will need to work their way through each level to progress to the next one.

Pre­ston said the se­quen­tial na­ture of the pro­duc­tion was go­ing to of­fer au­di­ences an op­por­tu­nity to peak into their lives to un­der­stand their own jour­ney.

This Way Out will have three shows at Cor­ban Es­tate from Jan­uary 21-22.

Tick­ets cost $14 for adults and chil­dren un­der 10 are free. Tick­ets are avail­able via eventfinda.

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