Ex­per­i­men­tal the­atre seeks au­di­ence opin­ion

A dance-in­spired work in progress, live

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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

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