“Protest has always been, and continues to be, everywhere. It is at the core of democracy and a critical tool of citizenship. Diverse, dramatic, colourful, challenging, compelling, transformative; protest is also highly contested and controversial. This nation has a long and rich history of objects, images, symbols and slogans made by activists and social movements seeking to combat injustice and change the status quo.” – Stephanie Gibson, Matariki Williams, and Puawai Cairns.
This year we have 20 brave year 2 acting students in a rich collaboration with Voice Tutor and Playwright – Mitch Tawhi Thomas. Movement Tutor and Choreographer Tupe Lualua and Special Guest Choreographer Tupua Tigafua.
This project is to bring to life the words, sounds and images of dynamic moments of protest, both current and historical. We are delving into the turbulent stories of protest from the diverse range of places of which the students themselves hail from. We travel around Aotearoa, the Pacific, the Middle East and Asia.
This work comes under the A2 Performance Project: “Text, Body and Action”
Packed into a tight and sharp 40 minute show, each student is given the platform to engage in an embodied performance opportunity through muscular text, heightened physicality and the use of community spaces to focus on the challenge and opportunity of LIVE PERFORMANCE. This style of tour is to engage both the students and our community to a type of show that is open and accessible to an audience - regardless of any previous relationship to traditional theatre forms.
The student’s learning is centered on their ability to draw on key acting craft skills, vocal, physical and spatial. Also their growing robust response to working in the live and in a range of various spaces.
The tour will last for 12 days of performance over a 3 week period with mostly 2 shows a day. All performances are free to attend.
Songs of Protest
2021 Toi Whakaari 2nd year Actor’s community tour.
DATES: 26 July - 15 August
SCHOOL & COMMUNITY BOOKINGS AVAILABLE VIA EMAIL: Grace Hoet Grace.Hoet@toiwhakaari.ac.nz
Image: 2020 Text Lab Blood Wedding, company. Credit Philip Merry.
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