Road trip to the Silo Park

Last week we journeyed down to Auckland’s newly fancied up waterfront to visit the Silo Park – the site of our summer performance project.

It is an exciting prospect, performing in such an inspiring place. What a fantastic venue to create a site specific work for. And because it was a beautiful day, we really got a feel for how it will be in January.

We had a thorough explore, finding our favourite places – the girls paddling in the water, the boys getting excited over the elevator.

Let the show making begin!

We were also lucky enough to visit the beautiful studio of the project’s sound designer, Peter Hobbs. We will be working with him over the next 8 weeks developing a sound installation using our personal journey stories.

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Term 4 begins with a hiss and a roar

Mixit is back with the school term, and it promises to be an action packed 8 weeks as we begin to devise our January 2013 summer performance.

This summer project will be our most ambitious performance event yet – and promises to be spectacular. It is centered on the theme ‘Cross Boundaries – Enter New Territory’.

This year we have an incredible creative team on board developing our show, and several members joined us for the first session of the term. Chris Graham, a member of Red Leap Theatre Company, returns to lead the drama element along with Mike Baker, once again showing us the ropes (literally) as the circus master. Also on the floor was Votre Arme (Ilai Amir, Phil Bostwick and Ella Becroft), the production company creating a short film of Mixit.

The team introduced themselves with an activity showing us what we have in store for the next 8 weeks. And judging by what they brought to the table, it’s going to be a fun process.

We were very lucky to have a guest storyteller join us. Charles was one of the original refugees to find solace on New Zealand shores during WWII. Escaping Poland as a young child, Charles walked the breadth of Russia by foot from Siberia to Iraq. It was an amazing tale of endurance and suffering, and inspired us for when we come to tell our own journey stories as we devise our show.

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The last week of term 3!

So, at last, dance and drama got married and lived happily ever after.

It has been fun watching them come together, shake hands, get dressed up and fight over chairs.

Thank you Tama and Justin for being so great – we can’t wait to have you guys at Mixit again in the future.

Justin and team Mixit

Frantic Hands

For Justin’s second session last Saturday we played with an exercise called ‘Frantic Hands’, developed by the world famous theatre company Frantic Assembly.

It led to some great little duets, which we then combined in groups of four. It was cool seeing the stories and characters come out of the stylised movement. “Dacting” at it’s best!

Justin Haiu’s first week

Last Saturday was Justin’s first week taking over from Tama to continue when ‘dance meets drama and gets married.’

After exploring some funny ways you can start clowning through a simple handshake, we got back into our characters and developed some cool movement/acting sequences.

Here’s some snaps of all the fun we had…

Playing with exaggerated handshakes

Justin shows us his best old man impression

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