For over 30 years the Toi Whakaari Solos Season has developed the voices of emerging artists and entertained audiences with originality, fire and innovation.
A major component of the first year actor training programme, the Solos project provides a platform for students to create their own original live performance pieces, with total freedom over style, form and content. First year actors are encouraged to investigate artistic questions that they are passionate about, as well as working craft skills of body, voice and imagination.
This year the Solos are facilitated by Acting tutor Anya Tate-Manning, graduate and co-founder of I Ken So Productions, Sarita So, and 2021 graduates Peter Burman and Sean Rivera. Acting students work in collaboration with design and management students to create their own unique piece of live performance. Under the constraints of a $50 budget and a 15 minute performance time, magic will be born!
The Toi Whakaari Solos season has a long tradition of developing emerging artistic voices and delighting audiences. These solo works are often the seeds of larger artistic projects, with long lives. Major works born out of this project include Jacob Rajan's Krishnan's Dairy, and Chris Parker's No More Dancing in the Good Room.
Image: Solos 2022.
Photographer: Olivia Cowley.
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