Canterbury Tales – Symposium
Media Release, 10/20/13
Canterbury Tales – Symposium
As part of FESTA 2013 over Labour weekend, Te Puna Toi (Performance Research Project) is presenting a series of talks as part of a symposium relating to the event.
The main panel for this symposium will include collaborators of Free Theatre’s Canterbury Tales talking about the project and how it speaks to the city, past, present and future.
Who: Peter Falkenberg (Free Theatre Artistic Director and Associate Professor in Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Canterbury); Thea Brejzek (Professor, School of Design, University of Technology Sydney); Bruce Russell (Sound Artist, Manager of Art and Design, CPIT).
Where: Black Betty
When: Sunday 27 October, 3 – 5pm
Entry: Free; koha welcome
About: The Canterbury Tales project is a performative exploration of the city. It takes an opportunity during this extraordinary time in Christchurch’s history to consider notions of place in city-making, and how it is that the community might feed into the process of the city-becoming. This performative approach could be seen as a counterbalance to the plans for the city that are designed around large infrastructure projects such as a Convention Centre and Sports Stadium and other more generic constructs of city living.
What may be needed is the fostering of a sense kaitiaki or guardianship that makes us actors and not just passive by-standers to the creation of a new city. The idea of a transitional city pivots around questions rather than answers and these questions will be considered in a symposium that runs as part of the Canterbury Tales project.
A larger panel of people involved in the Canterbury Tales project as well as observers and critics will discuss what is happening in the city with the idea that observing how it is performing might help effect positive changes.
Canterbury Tales, Site Talks
Who: Free Theatre Christchurch, Pacific Underground, UTS, Unitec
Where: Starts at corner of Oxford Tce & Cashel St; moves to Worcester St Bridge.
When: Sunday 27 October 12 – 2pm
Living in the Pacific
The Canterbury Tales event very deliberately begins in the Pacific with a collaboration between Pacific Underground and the Highlight team from the Architecture Department at Unitec who have been inspired by Canterbury’s braided rivers. Participants of the project will speak to their collaboration and discuss what might come from the rupturing of the former ‘English’ identity of Christchurch and a new search for identity in post-quake Christchurch.
The city as transitional Sited on the Worcester Bridge, a key site for the Canterbury Tales project, participants will speak to their work on the project and the potential to offer alternative visions in post-quake Christchurch, a city in transition. With the river as a formative starting point for local identity, representatives of the UTS (Sydney) team and local business owners involved in revitalising Christchurch will talk about their visions of a new identity and how this might engage with the international conversation on creative urban renewal.
For more information please go to: canterburytales.org.nz