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Artefact

Ross McCormack

This playful site-specific dance/theatre work created by Arts Laureate Ross McCormack considers the reverence we place on objects housed within formal spaces such as art galleries, museums and libraries and our behaviour in relationship to the conventions of these buildings.

Inspired by the physical structure of the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira and the tireless work of the visitor hosts, security guards and all who work at the iconic institution, ArteFact: How to Behave in a Museum premiered as part of the digital programme at Auckland Arts Festival in March 2022.

The reimagined ArteFact: How to Behave in an Art Gallery will be performed as part of both Dunedin and Nelson Arts Festivals in 2022.

The Suter Art Gallery Te Ara Toi o Whakatū Nelson and Dunedin Public Art Gallery offer rabbit holes of possibility for a synthesis of performers, gallery hosts and art experts who will invite audiences to disrupt the tension often on display in gallery spaces.

Developed to be presented “bespoke” in a range of different buildings, McCormack masterfully fuses signature elements of physical theatre and comedy interwoven with his iconic style of movement to reveal some irresistible secrets of the human experience.

ArteFact is performed in promenade and you never know who might be leading you on a mischievous journey, where they may take you or what they may teach you about historical objects, visual art and lanyards.


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BOOKINGS

Dunedin
Dunedin Arts Festival
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Saturday 22 October at 5.30pm & 8.00pm
Sunday 23 October at 5.30pm & 8.00pm

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Nelson
Nelson Arts Festival
The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū
Friday 28 October at 6pm & 8pm
Saturday 29 October at 6pm & 8pm

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2022 PREMIERE SEASON

Auckland
Auckland Arts Festival
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Digital Streaming
20 - 27 March


REVIEWS

“Soothsayers of subtlety and nuance…The New Zealand Dance Company has a hit on its hands with Artefact…depth, invention and surprise fizzes freshly from the screen…a stylish and witty commentary on the precious objects housed in a museum and the kaupapa surrounding them”

Lyne Pringle, Theatreview

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