Monthly Archives: April 2012

It’s Monday!

So a couple of weeks ago I was talking to this guy. He'd been to L.A. during the NZ summer – taking acting classes, watching the Superbowl, doing a bit of film work etc. His enthusiasm for what he had done, what he had learned, and what he was going to do, was palpable. But it was something he mentioned in passing that resonated with me.

'People in L.A. don't have weekends', he said.

People in L.A. don't have weekends.

On the face of it – what a nightmare! Working seven days a week. No downtime. Only uptime. Go, go, go, go, go!

As usual for me, once I actually stopped to think about it, I found a different spin. Something that I can apply to my own situation.

Every day is a weekend. Every day is an opportunity for me. Every day is an opportunity to achieve something.

A couple of weeks ago I guarded my weekends jealously. No going out on weekends. Not even with friends. The weekend was there for ME. It was there to stay home. Weeknights were the nights to go out since I was already out of the house.

Well, I can see what a flawed idea it is…now.

So, bollocks to the notion of 'school nights' and weekends, and hooray for reframing my life so I can live the entire week.

Three shows written up during a multitasking evening

Lucrece??by Binge Culture Collective. It's??based on the narrative poem "The Rape of Lucrece" by Shakespeare. As a theatrical piece I thought it was very strong in its use of video, audio and live performance.?? The audience was seated across from each other with the actors moving up and down between us. Throughout the performance the audio from the headphones chattered on behind me. This was echoed in the tweeting from birds in the naked-women filmed sequences. They also used natural voice, electronically augmented voice, and recorded voice throughout the piece. The two female actors??took a role each which apparently developed during the devising process.??They only used the first part of the poem which sparked the need for discussion. Several times the director tried to stop the post-performance discussion only to have another audience member speak up with another statement or question.????Although the discussion gave performance-going audiences a place to discuss what they had seen, places outside of the exhibition space were missing from the opening night documentation. Details (such as contact details for Wellington Rape Crisis) were going to be added. The exhibition explores virtue and??woman's bodies; for me the overwhelming emotions evoked were isolation and sorrow. This was reinforced by the performance concentrating on the first part of the poem. I'd definitely like to see them continue and perform the rest of the poem. Parts of the exhibition will be triggering so be aware of that and keep yourself safe. (I am grateful that I??unexpectedly met a friend, and that??we went out for dinner.)
The performance has finished but the exhibition continues to Saturday 12 May, 2012 at Toi Poneke. (Binge Culture Collective are also
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Live At Six by Out of Bounds.
A fascinating exploration of what it takes to make the news – in both senses of the word. It starts with a pre-show scandal-event and continues through the story of TVNZ and TV3 reporting on the incident. Two of the characters on stage are editing in real time and will use your video footage if you upload it. Footage is projected onto the walls of the theatre so if you miss the pre-show scandal-event you can still see what happened. Some parts of the script lag but I imagine they'd be more frenetic if there'd been more viral footage. Originally presented at BATS Theatre as part of a STAB season, the play has been redeveloped for this season.??It's the twisty way the ending comes about that makes this show. A super way to kick off the 2012 season at Downstage.
Last two nights – on to 28 April 2012 at Downstage.
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Other People's Wars by The Bacchanals.
Based on the book by Nicky Hager, it's a show-and-tell of the contents. I love The Bacchanals style of theatre – ensemble work, playing multiple characters, creating the atmosphere with simple changes and choreography. So I enjoyed the way they played the script…still trying to work out how I feel about the story. Reinforces all my conspiracy theories; challenges my notion of what NZers are like.?? Fantastic programming to have it play during the week when New Zealand celebrates its participation in wars around the world. (Maybe a situation of 'hate the game love the player'?) I got to meet some of the cast and have a drink with them after the show and that was cool.
Last two nights – on to 28 April 2012 at BATS Theatre. (With a special appearance by the director!)
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Ka mau te wehi

Ngakau Toa theatre company perform haka at Shakespeare's Globe

My 7 dirty little watching secrets

1. I rewatch movies and television programmes.
2. I don't often go to movies that are rated R16 (or R18) because usually the rating is for violence. I don't want to be the kind of person that watches violence for entertainment.
3. I watched and enjoyed both Spartacus:Blood and Sand, and Being Human.
4. I watch and/or listen to, the Special features/Bonus material on DVDs.
5. I will watch your show even if I am annoyed by the lack of female roles and/or autonomy, and jokey homophobia, but I will think you both entertaining and tiresome.
6. My two favourite scenes in TV shows have been based on a lighting change, and clever editing to a soundtrack.
7. Television programmes have helped get me through some of the loneliest times in my life.

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Sometimes it is a relief to be told what to do.

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I'm currently cataloguing "Learning to love you more" by Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July. It's published results from their community art project which was based on their idea that they would set assignments, and someone else would do them.

"Sometimes it is a relief to be told what to do. We are two artists who are trying to come up with new ideas every day. But our most joyful and even profound experiences often come when we are following other people's instructions. When we are making crepes from a recipe, attempting to do a handstand in yoga class, or singing someone else's song. Sometimes it seems like the moment we let go of trying to be original, we actually feel something new – which was the whole point of being artists in the first place."

Part of what I'm liking about the book is being able to see different interpretations of the same assignment. The results are creative, mundane, brave, open, funny, serious, bossy, and honest. The other part is the recognition that yes, sometimes it is a relief to be told what to do.

It's the reason I was able to train for Ironman: just follow the coach's instructions. It's the reason I'm a member of 'Friday Photos 2012' on Flickr (although I've been away so I'd sort of forgotten about it!) It's the reason that I'm on my second 101 things to do in 1001 days list. It's the reason that I signed up for the crazy #GISHWHES scavenger hunt in 2011.?? Although…perhaps it's just an excuse to do some slightly crazy yet legal and environmentally safe things and blame someone else?

I hope the people who took part in the project were as pleased with the results as I am.

My 7 dirty little reading secrets

1. Jane Austen does not thrill me.
2. I don't use bookmarks.
3. I love books marketed for young adults.
4. If a book takes me more than two days to read it is too fucking long.
5. I regularly reread titles.
6. I eat (cereal, soup, eggs on toast, fried rice, nachos etc) and drink (coffee, tea, juice, water, wine) while I'm reading.
7. I read popular titles just to say I have but I don't pay any attention to the book while I'm doing it.

Inspired by Tosca who was inspired by Rebecca.