Per­for­mance art pre­miered

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATION - RICHARD MAYS

A mini fes­ti­val of new short plays and films, orig­i­nal songs and po­etry opens a lim­ited sea­son next week at Massey Univer­sity’s Palmer­ston North cam­pus.

Cat­a­lyst: A Show of Stage, Screen and Song fol­lows in the cre­ative tra­di­tions that were es­tab­lished by Massey’s Fes­ti­val of New Arts and con­tin­ued in 2015’s We Made This and last year’s Arts Un­con­trolled.

‘‘Palmy has such a hub of en­thu­si­as­tic and tal­ented artists, and Massey has a his­tory of fa­cil­i­tat­ing cool, ex­cit­ing new art - so this show is the per­fect blend,’’ said Tobias Lock­hart, the show’s artis­tic di­rec­tor.

‘‘It’s about cre­at­ing an op­por­tu­nity where peo­ple can push them­selves and their work.’’

From de­bat­ing the mean­ing of hu­man­ity and as­sess­ing per­fec­tion, to a di­rec­tor des­per­ate to keep his show run­ning de­spite an in­creas­ing body count, each per­for­mance piece is less than 10 min­utes.

The var­ied pro­gramme in­cludes a new play by Angie Far­row, who also has a sea­son of her work at Cen­trepoint The­atre this week.

The Wall made its de­but dur­ing last month’s Massey Univer­sity Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion Arts and Cul­tures Fes­ti­val.

Other works are The Scot­tish Play by Alex Cut­forth and Jack Edens, Per­fec­tion (Terms and Con­di­tions Ap­ply) by Cameron Dick­ons, The Ho­tel by Char­lie Pear­son, Numb by Aaron McLean, and the con­tem­po­rary po­lit­i­cally flavoured DBs with Win­nie P which was writ­ten by Lock­hart.

The pro­duc­tion’s Shivarn Ste­wart said there were also two short films made by Ethan Burmeis­ter and Kaitlin Ed­monds, with orig­i­nal songs from Rosheen Les­lies.

Cat­a­lyst had a per­form­ing cast of 30 and a wider en­sem­ble of 37.

‘‘It’s quite a big beastie this one,’’ Ste­wart said.

In­ter­est in drama at Massey was at an all-time high, and pro­duc­ers had tried to in­clude as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble in the show, she said.

Cat­a­lyst will be pre­sented over four nights from Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 20 in the Sir Ge­of­frey Peren Build­ing Au­di­to­rium.

It opens with a pre-show, art and po­etry dis­play start­ing at 7pm.

Tick­ets are $15 adults and $10 for stu­dents, avail­able at the door.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Kaitlin Ed­monds and Matt Schaw en­joy a fic­tional night out on the cam­paign trail in ‘‘DBs with Win­nie P’’.

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