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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Mistranslation Laboratory is an intimate interactive performance work that will be performed at set times over four days of The Performance Arcade, creating miniature performances for (and with) audiences of no more than ten people at a time. Three fallible, dreamy and untrustworthy “choreographic scientists” prepare this buffet of experiment from a menu of 10 works with titles like 'Rainbow Taming', 'Salt Harbour Tuning Dance Laboratory', and 'Making Rubbings of Real Emotional Things'. Groups of participants will choose three pieces for their experience, which can be shuffled into any order. When this wee theatre is at rest, the Mistranslation Laboratory space will be left open to all. This ongoing installation will accumulate documentation over four days of The Performance Arcade: collecting  data from the theatrical experiments to be carefully curated and displayed as works-on-paper, sound installation, and interactive sculpture. The work extends an invitation to participation and  to gently encounter this nervous, coastal city from skeleton to skin.

Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th March only. Workshops at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm. Email to make a booking.



Artistic Director: Alys Longley

Devising and Performance: Alys Longley + val smith

Sound + Production Design: Jeffrey Holdaway + Struan Hamilton

 Performance / Production Assistance: Briana Jamieson

Supported by Creative New Zealand, Auckland University, and the Public Art Fund, Wellington City Council

The Eleventeen Collective is made up of artists Alys Longley, val smith, Jeffrey Holdaway, Struan Hamilton, and Briana Jamieson. They are a group of interdisciplinary artists committed to working at the edges of their creative disciplines, and  interested in ecology and entanglement, in improvisation and translation. They operate in the fuzzy edges where understanding is tangled and invention is required. Many have been collaborating off and on for around twenty years in dance work, activist protests, films, installations, artist-books, writing projects, printing projects, research, teaching, parties, dinners, arguments, games and random missions.

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