Mel­bourne artist to date on­stage in Auck­land

Central Leader - - SITUATIONS VACANT - HUGH COLLINS

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.

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Mel­bourne based per­for­mance artist Bron Bat­ten says the show isn’t di­rectly about find­ing ro­mance.

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