Make Worlds Collide - Intercultural Theatre Project
Project 2011-12-03 19:14:14 +1300
I want to create work.
But, not just any work.
I want worlds to collide.
I'm going to bring Asian and inter-cultural theatre to New Zealand. I will be working and training with masters of Asian, cultural and inter-cultural theatre around the world including Zen Zen Zo physical theatre company in Brisbane, I Nyoman Sukerta; master of Balinese mask, in Indonesia, Parvathy Baul; renowned Bengali storyteller, members of internationally acclaimed Odin Theatre and many other great artists. I need your support to make this happen.
I'm going to create a highly visual, solo performance which weaves together elements of performance and storytelling from a diverse range of cultures. I want to find a way to tell narrative that doesn't rely on language so that I can connect to a diverse audience.
What will the audience read simply by putting one culture's art form next to another culture's? How can I use the strength of one culture to support another?
What do the diverse art forms have in common? What connects them?
What makes them unique from each other?
How, as a New Zealander, can I hold these traditions with respect while still remaining open to work with them on stage?
I will perform my solo show in October, 2012 as the final project for my Bachelor of Performing Arts at Toi Whakaari; New Zealand Drama School. I will also be working with award winning New Zealand directors to act as an outside eye to help me achieve my vision. Prior to my performance I will also present the findings of my research abroad in an research conference to Toi Whakaari staff and students, invited guests and members of the New Zealand performing arts community- including, hopefully, some future collaborators.
The money raised will help fund my overseas research, including flights and lodging and koha (donation) to the communities where I will be working and learning (including Gianyar, Mumbai and Kerala). It will also help me to meet costs of my research throughout the year in New Zealand and fund my solo show. New Zealand simply does not have this work here so I am limited to watching any footage I can find on dvd or youtube.
I want to graduate establishing myself as a future leader of Asian and inter-cultural theatre in New Zealand. Help me make this happen!