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Kia ora BATS mates!

Kia ora BATS mates!

We are very proud and excited to bring you STAB 2004: The Revolution Continues. BATS Theatre has commissioned two fantastic, fresh and cutting edge theatre pieces for you to feast on.

Opening tonight at the Starlight Ballroom is experiential theatre piece - Sniper. Only thirty people per performance are admitted so BOOK IN NOW to avoid disappointment.

And coming up the second STAB 2004 production - Kristian Larsen's Certainty - 15 nights, 15 new works.

Don't forget to purchase your STAB Season Ticket - only $22 to see Sniper and Certainty - bargainarama! Limited availability so be in quick.

BOOK NOW - To book for any performance simply reply to this email with your name, number of tickets and date you wish to attend. We will reply to confirm your booking and you can pay when you come to the show.

STAB is commissioned by BATS Theatre with generous support from Creative New Zealand.



Season: Wednesday 27 October - Saturday 6 November (no show Sunday)
Time: 7pm Mon/Tues, 7pm and 8.30pm Wed-Sat
Tickets: $16 full price/$12 concession/$22 STAB season ticket
Where: At the Starlight Ballroom, 235 Willis Street

Running the sniper gauntlet in besieged Sarajevo. Travelling through Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2001, director Kerryn Palmer was awed by the total devastation of the once beautiful city of Sarajevo.

Between 1992 and 1995 the cosmopolitan and multicultural city of Sarajevo was bombarded daily by rifle and mortar fire. Caught in a valley, the city¹s inhabitants continued their daily lives amid random bursts of fire.

While The West procrastinated and the UN patronised, civilians had to Œrun the sniper gauntlet¹ each day in order to get water, food, fuel and medical supplies. No one was immune from the bombs and rifle fire, snipers sat on the surrounding hills and picked off civilians at will.

Sniper explores life in Sarajevo during the siege, through lighting, live music, video and performance. Inviting the audience to travel through the Œstreets of Sarajevo,¹ in an exploration of how life continues even under the harshest, unimaginable conditions. Interactive theatre at its best.

³Theatre not for the faint hearted.² Featuring live music performed by Jane Pierard, lighting by Maia Whittett, with performers Salesi Le'ota, Ciara Mulholland, Amy Tarleton, Daniel Musgrove, Rupert Reynolds-MacLean, Shannon Small, Jean Sergent, Lachlan Pierard and Rohan Spicer.

Season: Tuesday 9 - Saturday 27 November
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: $16 full price/$12 concession/$22 STAB season pass

Like sculpting smoke...that¹s how choreographer, dancer and director Kristian Larsen describes his latest contemporary dance season, which will engulf BATS Theatre in November, thanks to the prestigious STAB commission. Four renowned male dancers, a projected visual artist, an electronic musician who also plays the sax, a lighting designer and set designer come together to create a new performance every night of the season. 15 nights, 15 new works. Every element is LIVE and improvised lights, sound, visuals, dance.

Since winning the 2003 Best Dance Fringe Award for his improvised dance piece RADIO, performed at Wellington¹s. Adam Art Gallery to rave critical review, Kristian¹s belief in improvised dance has been ignited. ³It¹s a new dance genre that is virtually unpractised at this level in New Zealand² says Kristian. Improvisation is
a very common concept in music particularly jazz and hip hop and even in theatre. It is less so in contemporary dance in NZ but with Certainty this is about to change.

There is a perceived uncertainty or risk of being on stage to dance without a pre-determined set of steps. BUT the certainty Kristian and three other dancers; Guy Ryan, Stu Armstrong and Solomon Holly Massey, bring to stage with them stems from years of knowledge of; dance, patterns of movement, and of rhythms. They have been rehearsing for intensively for three weeks and have known each other for years so they know each others¹ rhythm and timing. Rehearsing doesn¹t mean dancing set choreography but rather finding ways of dancing in conversation with each other this is improvisation!

Electrionic Musicans: Jeremy Mandrake in collaboration with the sound design of Bevan Smith (aka Signer) will create an improvised electronic minimal soundscape each night of Certainty by using samples, sequencing and trigger mechanisms and miking the stage amongst other tricks. He is also a jazz schooled saxophonist and he will play his sax as part of the soundscape. Smith whose electronic compositions were part of the soundtrack for the Film Festival film
hit Touching the Void. With a New York label he has just co-released a new album The New Face of Smiling .

Projected Visual Artist: Robert Appierdo who has recently worked on a Barnaby Weir¹s Fly My Pretties music video and has just returned from a tour of Australia with electronic artist Rhian Sheehan.

Lighting Design: Jen Lal has been nominated for the Chapman Trip Awards for four years running in the lighting
design category, she successfully in 1999 won for her work on Mapaki and Mitch Tawhi Thomas Have Car Will Travel.

Set Designer: Andrew Foster who is also a award winning theatre Director and Head of Drama at Radio New Zealand, has designed is best known for his set design work with Trouble who specialised in site specific theatre installations

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