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ink - at BATS, 21 - 23 Sept

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BATS theatre 21 – 23 Sept 2006 9pm, 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington ph 802 4175

Collaboration between lighting designer Martyn Roberts and choreographer Maria Dabrowska.

"ink came about one afternoon over coffee in a frenzy of quick decision making. The kind where suddenly the road ahead becomes adventurous and you are being taken into new areas. I like it about Maria that she is prepared to throw herself into a project with a lighting designer who talks about 'minimal lighting where you hardly see the dancer' (that'll be me). Madness! Surely everyone wants to see the Dancer! But nooo... this project is about glimpses, taking our audience into the darkness, sensing the movement in an environment of grey". Martyn.

ink will be supported by sound designer Stephen Gallagher (winner of last years Chapman Trip Sound design award) who is equally excited by the piece. A platter of sonic images supporting the quirky, jovial and sensual Dance choreography will provide a different landscape each performance. The plan is for the operator (that's me again) to place sounds according to whim rather than have the same score every time.

The darkness is the domain of this dance work that will challenge the way we see performance. BATS will become a solid black void in which the grey light will shift and murmur to tantalize the audience into seeing ghosts of haunting beauty fleeting across the playground of night. You will be taken on a journey, of light, sound and imagery, a void of no place where beauty and darkly quirky characters emerge transforming the human form and the space into poetic imagery.

"Chance plays a huge part in the decision making process – with movement being repeated several times until the most probable outcome is achieved. Everyday objects are subtly subverted, to expose a cultural perception of feminine. This is a dance that has a masculine imprint on the feminine soul.

Marty's sense of design is great! He choreographs the lighting and the landscape as much as I choreograph the dance". Maria.

ink also features guest star Mel Hamilton, no stranger to the strange whose appearance will certainly leave audiences with an adrenalin fuelled jolt!

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