Melbourne artist to date onstage in Auckland
There are numerous ways to find romance in 2017 but few would consider Bron Batten’s method.
The Melbourne performance artist has taken the search for love to a whole new level with her original live show Onstage Dating.
After two seasons in Mel- bourne Batten will bring her live courtship to the stage in Auckland in February.
Batten finds participants before the show then engages with her dates for the first time in front of a live audience.
The 33-year-old said Onstage Dating may be a performance but real-life dating is not too dissimilar.
‘‘Dating in a way I suppose at least in the beginning is sort of like a performance in that you present a version of yourself that may not be accurate.’’
Batten has only had one second date with a participant from the show but then decided to keep her professional and personal lives separate.
‘‘In the end I suppose it is make believe but the more that I and the person on a date with me can play into the fantasy of what’s happening, the better.’’
What she is genuinely looking for however is a moment of connection or intimacy with the participant.
Onstage Dating performs at the Basement Theatre from February 7 to 11.
Melbourne based performance artist Bron Batten says the show isn’t directly about finding romance.