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The Performance Arcade brings together visual arts and performance in a specially curated ‘exhibition-event’ of live art practices on Wellington Waterfront. An arrangement of shipping containers and scaffold structures provides a temporary architecture for this unique project, housing a bar space, a programme of live music and events, and new performance installations by NZ and International artists. Open 13 hours a day, this event is free to the Wellington public.

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John Jarboe is a director, singer, cabaret artist and writer based out of Philadelphia. He's currently using the music of Mr. Rogers, David Bowie, Exuma, German composers from the 1920s, and the Disney songbook to explore the rise of nationalism, American cultural imperialism, and the death of irony (light subjects). He runs The Bearded Ladies Cabaret in Philadelphia, an ensemble of composers designers and performers that combines the sensibilities of cabaret with those of opera and theater to create what they call "Cabaplays," works that sit on your lap and tell you a story. Jarboe also curates and hosts an monthly cabaret series at FringeArts at which artists such as Justin Vivian Bond, Penny Arcade, and Erin Markey have performed.

Pax Ressler (they/them) is a genderqueer creator, composer, music director & performer based in Philadelphia. Their compositions for choruses and instrumental ensembles have been performed across the United States as well as internationally. Pax's primary work lies in the intersection of music and theatre, including musical theatre and original live music for stage plays, physical theatre, and dance.

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