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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.

A reimagined ArteFact performed as part of both Dunedin and Nelson Arts Festivals before performances at The Arts Centre Christchurch on November 2 and a return by popular demand to Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira on November 8, 2022.

Rabbit holes of possibility were opened for a synthesis of performers, visitor hosts, security guards and art experts inviting audiences to disrupt the tension often on display in formal 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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2022 National TOUR

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

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

Christchurch
The Arts Centre
Wednesday 2 November at 6pm & 8pm

Auckland
Auckland War Memorial Museum 
Tāmaki Paenga Hira
Grand Foyer
Tuesday 8 November at 5.30pm & 7pm


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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CREATIVE TEAM

Choreographer
Ross McCormack

Production Manager
Abby Clearwater (2021)
Keira Howat (2022 Tour)

Sound
Alistair Deverick

Performers
2022 National Tour 
Jag Popham
Kosta Bogoievski

Ngaere Jenkins

Olivia McGregor
Tyler Carney-Faleatua

Darrell Daglish (Swiss alphorn musician, Auckland)

Performers
2022 Auckland Arts Festival 
Carl Tolentino
Chrissy Kokiri

Katie Rudd
Katrina Bastian
Kosta Bogoievski

Ngaere Jenkins

Darrell Daglish (Swiss alphorn musician)

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