Interactive show instills confidence
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.