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Artefact: How
To Behave In
A Museum

Ross McCormack

“Wherever we work, no matter what we do, we must not resist that sudden urge to break into interpretative modern dance.”

That’s the statement that has inspired Ross McCormack (New Zealand Arts Laureate) to draw inspiration from the people who work at the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, creating this new work which will premiered at the Auckland Arts Festival in March 2022.

From the visitor hosts to the security team, the iconic Tāmaki Makaurau building offers rabbit holes of possibility. You never know who might be leading you on a journey of whimsy and where they may take you.

The majestic nature of the Museum’s architecture, the artefacts that are housed within and the tireless work of those that run it open up beguiling portholes of imagination to the inner lives of the Museum’s people with McCormack using elements of physical theatre and comedy interwoven with his core methodology and style of movement.


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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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