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3 Monkeys

The 3 Japanese monkeys MIZARU (See no evil), KIKAZARU (Hear no evil) & IWAZARU (Speak no evil) hold strong throughout history as representations of a life spent resisting the temptations of evil. A lesson that we try to teach our children from birth. Why is this? Is a life free from evil then in turn a life spent in freedom? Throughout this work the collective considers and explores the pursuit of freedom from specific evils. Freedom from addiction, broken love and the struggle toward success. The questions hangs unanswered in the air. Is freedom, in a world full of evil, even partially attainable?   “Dark, Pessimistic, Desperate striving and failing... The agony of human endeavour... A work for our time, staged and danced with absolute  commitment.”  — Deidre Tarrant 2021 Review   “Seamless movement, intention and vision. Just Art, art, art”  – Taylor Smith 2020 Audience member   3 Monkeys was produced and directed by Thomas Laybourn while also co produced and scored by artist/producer LANCE to be performed in 2020. Through a continuing collaboration with LANCE; 3 Monkeys was then developed, elongated and re released for the 2021 Wellington fringe festival. Thanks to the support of Te Auaha, The Fringe festival NZ and Havana bar Wellington. After a very successful 2021 season, winning an award for ‘outstanding ensemble performance’ and being nominated for others such as ‘best in fringe’, ‘grand design’ and ‘momentous movement’ 3 Monkeys returns again to Tapere Nui for a second season of the full length work

Location Te Auaha

subvenue Tapere Nui

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Bruises

To love and to cherish, to have and to hold, for better or for worse, till death do us part, here lies the story of Husband and Wife. One home, one salary, one couple. Our scene begins with Husband and Wife moving into their new home. Belongings are unpacked while they dance together through the living room and settle in. A picture of a perfect life. Time passes. Husband arrives home late from a long day of work hoping to have a nice meal and a cuddle with his Wife, but reality has different plans. He is welcomed with a cold silence… His cheek now burns as he rubs the mark she left and reflects on what new colours he sees in her. Bruises is a non-verbal Physical Theatre show that incorporates elements of Apache dance and Stage Combat in order to talk about male victims of domestic violence, with the intention to make their voices heard. Pastel powdered paints fill the room in a flurry as the characters manipulate space and light to represent different injuries - both mental and physical. Stories portrayed both dark and light, from beginning to end and everything in between.

Location Te Auaha

subvenue Tapere Nui

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Please Laugh

Untitled Document “it’s like Black Mirror but sh*t and live.” 5 years in the making, young writer/comedians Fin McLachlan and Danny Sewell battle over who is funnier in a night of sketches, magic tricks, and live-eating. Along with the help of their friends, Fin and Danny must learn to put aside their differences or… Fin will die. So why not? Come laugh with us, or at us, either way… Please laugh. ...please

Location Te Auaha

subvenue Tapere Iti