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The Leaning Tower of Penchant

The Leaning Tower of Penchant

The Leaning Tower
of Penchant
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19th January 2007
Media Release- For Immediate Release
‘The Leaning Tower of Penchant’ by Back Lit Productions
Venue to be confirmed ['The Ruins' 69-70 Tasman St, next to YMCA, Wellington Central Outdoor venue - come prepared.]
Dates 22-24th February 2007
Start time: 8pm
Bookings through: or 027 637 2508
Tickets: $15, $10

‘Penchants’ Exposed in a Unique and Vibrant Performance by Ten Auckland Choreographers and Dancers.’

Contemporary dance company Back-Lit Productions will present a new and unusual performance as part of Wellington Fringe Festival 2007. The show is an experimental collaboration between the ten members of the company, combining their varied skills as choreographers, dancers and artists to create an audience interactive, performance art show based on human ‘penchants’ and desires.

The Leaning Tower of Penchant is presented as a pathway within a derelict building through which the audience is guided, encountering along the way, performance vignettes which culminate in an unforeseen and extraordinary finish.

Assistant Director of the project, Rosey Feltham, describes the show:

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‘Penchant is a tower of indulgence and desire. The inhabitants of Penchant are entranced by their desires. As you are led through this illusory maze, you realize that nothing is as it appeared from the outside. Will the tower continue to accumulate desires and hold fast, or will it topple under the strain?’

Creating sensory overload for the audience is just one of the goals of Ambrose, Artistic Director of the show. By exploring the possibilities of smell/taste/texture and touch in performance and using alternative venues and lighting sources, he hopes to take contemporary dance away from the traditions of the proscenium theatre and to explore the possibilities created where dance meets installation and performance art.

Recent TEMPO Festival Awards winners, Back-Lit Productions are a dedicated group of ten choreographers and dancers who reside in Auckland. Members of the company admit that there could be some challenge involved in truly collaborating with so many artists together, but say that this is what will make the show have vibrancy and depth. The company has worked together since graduating from Unitec’s Dance program in 2005 and they feel the bond they share will overcome any creative tensions arising from this intensive collaboration.

‘Back-Lit Productions created a stir with their polished, confident works that shifted between poignant, darkly Butoh and entertaining themes.’
Francesca Horsley, Listener Review of Fuzzy Reception.

‘……………extremely professional production and performance’
Julia Milsom, Danz Quarterly Dec 2006


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