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Salome - Shadow of a White Rose in a Silver Mirror

After a free Sunday morning, we came together for lunch then our only work in progress of the day.

Jade Valour lay out the bones of a solo show and the heart of herself. She is trying to draw together threads of the myriad aspects of Salome and manifest and share the intangible but powerful resonance this character has in her own life.

'The Bone Keeper's Story'

Gathering Blog's image of Helen Moran in performance
Gathering Blog's image of Helen Moran in performance
Gathering Blog's image of Helen Moran in performance

Some Gathering participants went to see Helen Moran's solo performance: 'The Bone Keeper's Story', developed out of a devising collaboration with Kathleen Gallagher. This has a history that includes being a work in progress at the last two Gatherings so some of us had seen 'previous incarnations'.
A salute to you Helen for your tenacity and creativity and the ability and commitment to refresh, reinvent, redefine and refine this work.
Afterwards we had fish and chips and a jolly old time back at the hall.

Sunday - working more on working together

 Our session to support presenters to identify and take the next steps.
 Our session to support presenters to identify and take the next steps.
 Our session to support presenters to identify and take the next steps.

Sunday afternoon our self-appointed task was: Working with four of the presentations, to develop ideas and look for concrete next steps. This was a way of taking our responding sessions forward, or rather... of helping support our presenters to take them forward. Each got our full focus for quarter of an hour or so and thought about: where they are at now, where they want to go and how to get there. With actions, deadlines and dates. And commitments made and duly scribed, scrolled and presented as a keepsake and a bit of a nudge along.

Saturday at the Gathering

Randai
Discussion after Challen's presentation

Saturday began with a Randai demonstration by Megan Collins & dancers Bronwyn, Linda and Lutu. Randai is a dance form from the Minang region of West Sumatra, & involves wearing pants that are sort of like a long skirt, with a fold of material between your legs that is slapped percusively. After the demonstration, we got to put on the pants & learn one dance, which involved clapping, thigh slapping, & flap-slapping as well as lots of "hoop!" & "hos!" calls which was pretty hard to do at the same time as remembering the moves & trying not to collide with others. Good exercise & good fun!

Writing about our work

Jaki & Helen writing reviews

This morning after the training we had a discussion/workshop about writing about our work. We talked about the different ways of writing (reviews, feedback, etc) & places to publish (web sites, newsletters, magazines, etc), & about writing as a means to continue the conversations & exchange that takes place at the Gathering. we talked quite a lot about reviewing - how no-one wants to do it & it is difficult to do. what makes a good review? how do you start? we then took 15 minutes to all write a short review of the last performance that we'd seen, & read them out & 'reviewed the reviews'.

Starting the day

We started Friday morning with training. I liked the way both the offerings gave us the chance to consider and explore ourselves in that moment, at the same time as being in/with the group and the space.

Launch of the New Web Site & Database & Domain Name

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magdalena's image about
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Right now we are launching this brand new spunky web site, our online database and - finally! - our own domain name, magdalenaaotearoa.org.nz. here are some photos of us celebrating this auspicious event. because it is good friday and we have been too busty (for our shirts) finishing the web site to think about details such as the launch, we have had one bottle of a very fruity strawberry bubbles (that's one bottle between seven drinkers). however we are still manaaging to have quite a good time & make lots of typos : )

Let the Gathering Begin!

Gathering 2008

This evening our third Gathering got underway - Recharge: The Gathering 2009. The Gathering is a platform for showing work-in-progress, and getting constructive criticism from our colleagues, peers, friends, etc. It is about coming together through our work, sharing & exchanging, and ultimately about nurturing the development of theatre work through sharing the process. Too often we struggle away, working in relative isolation; but as theatre work is ultimately presented to an audience, there is much to be gained from presenting work-in-progress to an audience.

Here Now

Bipeds Productions (Lyne Pringle, Kilda Northcott) are performing with two hot young choreographers Claire Lissaman and Liana Yew this weekend
Nov 21, 22 at 7.30pm 23 at 5.00pm at the Wellington Performing Arts Centre. 3 performances only - a chance to sample a 'teaser' from their new work Lily which will preview in 2009. Trad marek hilarity riding the cusp between humour and poignancy. Recent triumphant performances in Auckland.
www.bipeds.co.nz - more info

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