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Kia ora BATSters!

Kia ora BATSters!

CERTAINTY opens tomorrow night at BATS - the second instalment in the fabulous STAB season. Kristian Larsen spearheads an incredible collaboration with improvised light, sound, audio visuals and four male dancers. Come and check out a truly transformed BATS theatre. 15 nights, 15 new works.

We have a double pass to give away to a BATSmail punter for opening night - all you have to do is be the first to reply telling us what STAB means to you.

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.

Love x BATS

Certainty
Season: Tuesday 9 - Saturday 27 November
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: $16 full price/$12 concession

Like sculpting smoke...that¹s how choreographer, dancer and director Kristian Larsen describes his latest contemporary season at BATS, 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


BATS Theatre
1 Kent Terrace
Wellington, Aotearoa
bats@bats.co.nz
bookings 802 4175
office 802 4176
fax 802 4010
www.bats.co.nz
STAB 2004
Certainty - 9 - 27 November
15 nights, 15 new works, a light, sound, av and dance collaboration

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