Katie Shaw & Violet Hirst

(Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland & Pōneke / Wellington)

Creative Team: Katie Shaw, Jess Crompton, Carla Harre, Oli Mathiesen, Violet Hirst, Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa & Phoebe Johnson

Welcome to the Club.

The thrill of skin that prickles unlike your own.

A pedestal, a concert, a vacuumed throne.

How often is it OK to slip from yourself?

Welcome to the club.

Don’t miss this free four night only 30 minute dance performance x music gig.

6-6.30pm, 24-27 Feb | Te Whanganui-a-Tara (behind Te Papa) | FREE

Creative Team

Choreographer and Producer: Katie Shaw

Katie Shaw is a queer Pākehā dance artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau.  She makes live performance because she desires to see and be seen.  Her work is relational and seeks to challenge and question.  She wants to know more about not knowing; uncertainty.  When does doubt get you stuck?  With trust, can it free you? 

Katie is a 2020 Graduate of the Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (Contemporary Dance) at Unitec.  At the beginning of 2021 she choreographed, performed and produced Localtrotting for the NZ Fringe Festival with her collective Taking Minutes Co, and performed in First It Was a Rainforest by Katrina Bastian at Performance Arcade.


Dancer, Choreographer and Writer: Jess Crompton

Jess Crompton is queer dance artist born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau. In 2020 Jess graduated from the Unitec dance programme with a Bachelors in Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in Contemporary Dance. During and post her time at unitec Jess has worked with Dance Plant Collective, Sarah Foster-Sproull, Ross McCormack, Jessie McCall, Chrissy Kokiri, Claire O'Neill and Carla Harre. In 2021 Jess founded ‘Jawline Dance Co’ with dance artist Carla Harre. Their debut show, ‘The Monotone Era’ premiered at the Basement Theatre in April of 2021, Jess and Carla worked alongside dance artists Cecilia Wilcox, Jacob Reynolds, Sharvon Mortimer and Caleb Heke. Jess is set to present a new work alongside Carla in Jawline’s double bill show ‘Vivid Dreaming’ in April 2022, her work ‘Puffy Sob’ is in collaboration with dance artists Sharvon Mortimer and Celia Hext. 

Jess is interested in finding abstract worlds and inhuman aesthetics to depict human relationships in many forms. She wonders if by taking away some of the human context to our relationships, we can learn and understand more about the complexities of our relationships and ourselves. As a dabbling poet she enjoys using specific phrasing and unusual combinations of phrases and descriptive words to help form aesthetics and characters within her work. 


Dancer and Choreographer: Carla Harré

Carla is a freelance dancer and choreographer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Since graduating university at Unitec, majoring in contemporary dance, she has created her own collective with Jess Crompton, Jawline Dance co. Together they choreographed and produced ‘The Monotone Era’ (2021). Which had a nearly sold out 5 night season at Basement theater. Carla is currently working on a new show with Jawline Co - ‘Vivid Dreaming’ (2022). She is enjoying both choreographing for her collective and collaborating and dancing with her freelance community. 

Carla is interested in the beauty of subtlety and fluid movements. Highlighting the human body and the intracises of movement. She enjoys creating a clear movement aesthetic that leaves the audience satisfied and moved. She wants to give the audience a taste of a storyline and theme but leave the conclusions to them. 


Dancer and Choreographer: Oli Mathiesen

Oli is a queer Māori choreographer and dancer based in Tāmaki Makaurau (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Manu, Ngāpuhi). He is a graduate of Unitec completing his Bachelors in Performing & Screen Art – Contemporary Dance in 2020. Oli has worked with Atamira Dance Company, Auckland Theatre Company (ATC), Michael Parmenter, Sarah Foster-Sproull, Claire O’Neil, Jessie McCall, Chrissy Kokiri, and Sharvon Mortimer in recent years.

 Oli works in the interdisciplinary spaces of movement, photo, video, and theatre. He is an image-based artist, working visually to build immersive worlds and cohesive aesthetics. Striving to utilise innovation through art, he highlights personal issues surrounding his queer, indigenous and political identity through entertaining and highly engaging work. He provides audiences entertainment which is easy to consume commercially but is laced with politically and sociologically posing questions and themes. Oli has produced works Night and Mortar (2021), Still Solo (2020), and FOSSE (2019).


Musician and Composer: Violet Hirst

Violet is a Te Waipounamu and Pōneke based artist/singer-songwriter. Her debut EP Kindhearted has been played on SRN’s around the country since its December release. This accompanied a short film, "Lay With Me in Barns", made by local artists Mark Whittet, Jacinta Compton and Caleb Corlett; which follows a young girl trying to navigate a world where people rarely say what they mean. Hirst has spent the majority of her musical pursuits in Pōneke, playing with extremely talented musicians. Performances include at remote venues such as the Futuna Chapel, Monty’s, Vogelmorn Bowling Club, as well as opening for the likes of Kane Strang, Mūroki and Jack Berry. Her other endeavours include fronting band Ski Resort, and singing in the Darling’s behind Michael Llewellyn. Hirst also ran a series of free vocal workshops at Mouthfull’s pop-up Commonspace, spreading her mother’s NYC training to Pōneke. 


Musician and Composer: Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa

Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa (Ruawaipu, Ngāti Porou) is a chameleonic drummer, percussionist and composer who works primarily in Te Whanganui a-Tara. Despite the warnings of his high school music teacher, Hikurangi has played professionally since he was a teenager. He has recorded, toured and performed in Europe, the USA and Aotearoa extensively with the likes of Orchestra Wellington, Dawn Diver, French for Rabbits, Grawlixes, Glass Vaults, Whirimako Black, Aaron Tokona (Weta, Ahoribuzz), Ben Shepherd (Chance the Rapper, Schoolboy Q) and international artists including Latin Grammy-winning Mireya Ramos (Flor de Toloache, H.E.R., Dan Auerbach, John Legend) and Tom Warrington (Buddy Rich). Hikurangi finds fulfillment in the challenge of assimilating new music and approaches into his own sound, as well as being able to reach wildly diverse audiences around the world despite barriers of language and experience.


Musician and Composer: Phoebe Johnson

Phoebe Johnson has quickly become a regularly called up on electric and upright bass player since graduating from Te Whanganui-ā-Tara’s jazz school with honours in 2019. Playing with such groups as Violet Hirst & the Kind Hearted, Ol’ King Cole, The Wellington Shake-em-on-Downer’s, the Royal New Zealand Air Force band, and her own project Revulva, Phoebe has begun her career as a musician with fingers in several pies.

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