Pedal-pow­ered for story-telling show

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

Bik­ing and sto­ry­telling will join in a unique per­for­mance to tour around Ro­torua’s in­ner city.

Imag­ined World’s per­for­mance duo, made up of story teller Tanya Batt and mu­si­cian Peter Forster from Wai­heke Is­land, are per­form­ing in Ro­torua dur­ing Labour Week­end.

Jill Walker of the lo­cal artists Trav­el­ling Tu­ataras says the duo will per­form in a lo­cal school next Fri­day, and on Satur­day will have a day of roam­ing their pop-up show Belle on a Bike by bi­cy­cle across the in­ner city.

She says the show will have a spe­cific bike theme, con­tribut­ing its own unique magic to both Labour Week­end and the buzz gen­er­ated by the Ro­torua Bike Fes­ti­val’s open­ing week­end.

Their visit has been or­gan­ised by the Trav­el­ling Tu­ataras, with fund­ing sup­port from the Civic Arts Trust.

Jill says they were in­spired to in­vite the duo to Ro­torua be­cause they are passionate artists and ad­vo­cates for arts and per­for­mance, in­clud­ing these hap­pen­ing in out­door en­vi­ron­ments.

“We want to in­spire more per­for­mance sto­ry­telling within the city and rec­ol­lect how much sto­ry­telling fes­ti­vals pre­vi­ously held in Ro­torua were en­joyed by the com­mu­nity.”

Hear­ing that Imag­ined Worlds’ story per­for­mance reper­toire in­cluded an out­door roam­ing popup show de­liv­ered through pedal power, they saw a visit from the duo as be­ing in­spi­ra­tion for per­for­mance sto­ry­telling, she says.

Tanya Batt says their school per­for­mance is a thank you to lo­cal chil­dren from St Michael’s Catholic School for their mahi [work] towards the Ro­torua Bike Fes­ti­val.

She says their per­for­mances will be a mix­ture of tra­di­tional sto­ries from around the world ac­com­pa­nied by mu­sic.

“We’ve heard lots about the makeover of Ro­torua’s in­ner city and are look­ing for­ward to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it our­selves.

“It’s a great chance to take per­for­mance to the peo­ple and cel­e­brate how in­ner city spa­ces can be used cre­atively.”

Tanya says that in her mind the pai­hikara [bi­cy­cle] is one of the great­est things to come out of hu­man imag­i­na­tion.

She says it has been, and con­tin­ues to be, a pedal-pow­ered rev­o­lu­tion­ary force.

“The bi­cy­cle has been go­ing strong now for 200 years, and peo­ple of all ages and walks of life con­tinue to en­joy them — to ex­plore, as a sport, a mode to trans­port, a rite of pas­sage and recre­ation­ally.

“Cy­cling is a panacea to many of the chal­lenges that face hu­mans.

“It’s a great way to com­bat stress, kick the fos­sil fuel habit, ex­er­cise and con­nect with other peo­ple and your en­vi­ron­ment,” she said..

“There’s plenty to cel­e­brate.”

Photo / Sup­plied

Belle on a Bike is com­ing to Ro­torua.

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