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.


Mick Douglas and Amaara Raheem

Douglas and Raheem will move through The Performance Arcade undertaking experimental processes

of live writing that respond to what they experience. They will present a daily performance at 6pm on the

Arcade stage: a wash of words, sounds and gestures in passages that explore the after-life of the preceding

days’ performances, audience experiences and Wellington circumstances. As field-notes from the body,

building over the Arcade’s duration, wake prompts us to be alive to how we may experience and incorporate

live performance into our worlds.


Wake is performing 6pm every afternoon Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th March at the Performance Arcade stage.

Mick Douglas presented a three-part solo durational performance work for Performance Arcade: ‘Container Walk’  2013, ‘Carriage’  2014, and ‘Return’ 2015.  He recently undertook ‘Circulations’ performance installation works in Croatia, The Bahamas, Rarotonga, Japan, Melbourne, and Manila that explored salt to activate encounters in the dynamic inter-relations of locality and globality.  Artistic director of ‘Performing Mobilities’, the Australian cluster of the Performance Studies International 2015 project ‘Fluid States’, Mick is a creative practice researcher at RMIT University Melbourne.  


Dance artist Amaara Raheem recently performed in Temporary Title, 2015 by Xavier Le Roy at Carriageworks, Sydney. Commissioned by Ovalhouse (London, 2013) she created Shield in response to the aboriginal bark shield housed at the British Museum. Awarded ‘23 Days at Sea’ – a travelling artist’s residency by Access Gallery – Amaara will soon cross the Pacific Ocean, from Vancouver to Shanghai, on a container cargo ship. She is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD. 

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