Experimental theatre seeks audience opinion
A dance-inspired work in progress, live
Kate Parker (above right, with fellow creators Malia Johnston at left and Katie Wolfe, centre) is part of a trio of women developing new work with the Auckland Theatre Company. The production, titled The Navigators, presents an individual work devised by each woman that is in its early stages of development, giving the artists the chance to test their creations on stage and hear audience feedback. Here, Parker talks us through her work.
The work that you’ll present, The Wild Seed Thief, is described as an ‘environmental fable’.
I would rather describe it as an adventure at the edge of the world. To jump to the very edge of the end and look at what would be left as we head over the precipice. At no time in history has the planet been this close to the edge of oblivion. Species are at collapse point. When will we humans pull up? It’s a very special time in history as I think we will see some remarkable changes. I am entirely optimistic; however, I am also aware that I am extremely lucky to live in New Zealand.
Tell me about the characters and their personalities.
I have two weeks to work with the actors and develop the characters with them. At the moment there are two children who have made their way in a large city without parents, and a grisly old beetlelike man working in an air cleaning factory alongside some robotic-type factory workers. There is also a high possibility of rats.
You’re a puppeteer. Can we expect any of that in the performance?
Working with visual imagery is something I have always loved. There will always be imagery in my work, I’m sure.
What messages do you hope the audience takes away?
I like the idea of transformation, of things shifting and evolving.
The Navigators, ASB Waterfront Theatre, Fri 6-Sun 8 Oct