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.

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • Instagram - White Circle
  • YouTube - White Circle
  • Twitter - White Circle

A theatre work performed in precisely 9 minutes and 2 seconds—the amount of time Russian world record setting freediver, Natalia Molchanova, could hold her breath.

If you truly believe in reality, nothing is really possible. If you don’t, everything is. Two women attempt to answer the Voice of Reason as an audience watches. A set of questions are prepared for these two women from interviews with free-divers.

The piece will seek to explore depth–both out of choice and out of necessity. Through this cycle of questioning we come to understand what drives someone to search the depths and expand their perception of personal limitations. The repetition of this work several times in the hour, many times a day becomes a feat of endurance, and a deeper enagement with the questions and their answers.



Christopher McElroen is the Artistic Director of the american vicarious. He received a 2012 Jeff Award nomination and a 2013 Helen Hayes Award for his direction of the world premiere adaptation of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. Christopher co-produced and directed Waiting for Godot in New Orleans in communities of post-Katrina New Orleans. The show was named one of the top-ten national art works for 2007 by The NY Times. His work has been recognized with the American Theatre Wing Award (Outstanding Artistic Achievement), Drama Desk Award (Artistic Achievement), Edwin Booth Award (Outstanding Contribution to NYC Theatre), Lucille Lortel Award (Outstanding Body of Work), two Obie Awards (Sustained Achievement and Excellence in Theatre), and a Helen Hayes Award (Outstanding Direction). 

Andrea Goldman is a NY/LA-based actress and writer, and graduate of the New York Stella Adler Studio and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She spent time training with the Moscow Art Theatre. She was recently awarded a New York Foundation of the Arts TAP Grant and her most recent film was just nominated for 6 categories at the LA Independent Film Festival.

Julia Watt is a theatre artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She has performed in theatres across the USA including Huntington Theatre, Boston; Court Theatre, Chicago; Studio Theatre, DC; A Noise Within, Los Angeles; PCPA Theaterfest, Santa Maria, CA and La Mama ETC.

Presented by International Programme Partner Bolton Hotel

CNZ b&w.jpg