Performance art to shake up Massey concourse
Massey’s Arts on Wednesday hits the great outdoors next week, weather permitting. The university concourse is to host a piece of performance art from artist-inresidence, Stephen Bain.
In 2004, Stephen was the arts programme’s first resident, and his final multi-media cabaret in the Evelyn Rawlins room remains a memorable performance. Next Wednesday, his public outing will be something a little different.
In 2014, Stephen took part in a residency in Taiwan at the Taipei Artists’ Village, resulting in a peformance using a large piece of blue and white striped tarpaulin.
‘‘I’m fascinated with how much you can be under the radar in temporary performance spaces. The blue and white fabric is both camouflage and the elephant in the room. If things look temporary it signals move along – there’s nothing to look at here.
‘‘If we put on a disguise of temporariness, we can do anything.’’
The concourse he says is a venue that is ‘‘game for a change’’.
‘‘I’m interested to see what happens when people aren’t sitting around politely waiting for a performance.’’
The performance is next Wednesday at 12.30pm. Six days of dance takes over the Globe Theatre from this Friday evening.
The 16th annual Palmerston North Dance Association (PNDA) Dance Competition Festival has attracted classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, hiphop, and tap dance competitors from around the lower North Island, and beyond.
PNDA president Maryanne Mechen says the age-group competition involves dancers from 6 years and under, through to 18 years and over.
‘‘The performances reflecting this wide age range can move from the cute, tentative, and careful, to skilful, bold and sophisticated.’’
A variety of dance styles will be showcased for experienced Wellington-based dance adjudicator and examiner Deborah Halen in each of three daily sessions.
‘‘We have large numbers of entries in the classes both for individual and groups. Our competitions are essentially about encouraging participation in dance, as well as celebrating and honouring achievement,’’ Maryanne says.
‘‘We have many competitors from outside our region participating, but it is our own local dance schools that provide the solid base for our competition festival .’’
A ‘‘must attend’’ is the competition’s Gala Event on Monday September 28. Royal New Zealand Ballet icon and PNDA patron Sir Jon Trimmer will present the Jon Trimmer Trophy for Best Demi-Character in the competition, and life memberships to dance teachers Michelle Robinson and Yvonne Hocken. City mayoral couple Grant and Michelle Smith will also be in attendance.
Performing to live bagpipes, Gala guest performer is highland dancer Sarah Robinson from Hawkes Bay, who will be taking part in the locally hosted Performing Arts Competition Society Association of New Zealand (PACANZ) Young Performer Awards on October 17 and 18.
Monday’s Gala Event commences at 2pm with the junior and intermediate ballet championships, with the soiree and presentations from 5pm, followed at 7.15pm by the senior ballet championships
‘‘The dancers’ energy and commitment is truly invigorating,’’ Maryanne says. ‘‘They truly do deserve an appreciative audience.’’
Entry per session is $5 adults and $3 children / senior citizens. Entry to the Gala Event is free.
Back row from left Lara Flannery, Caitlin Umbers, Jemima Scott. Middle: Tayla-Rose Frisby, Caitlin Hickey, Hannah Clark, front Alice Jenkins.