Presented by Windy PAE
at Crossways Community Centre, Wellington
From 21 Feb 2013 to 7 Mar 2013
Reviewed by: Amy Hughson;
Touched is equal parts performance art, improvisation and metaphor, with a side of audience participation. It is a bunch of broad strokes and fine gestures. The broad strokes in this piece are dance, music, spoken word, digital and visual arts and improvisation while the fine gestures are the meanings and layers in the word touch.
The creation of Touched has come through a variety of workshops with trained and non trained dancers, musicians, actors and visual artists whose goal was to expand what is called theatre and who is considered a performer.
This expansion occurs the second the audience enters the building and walks through an art installation. From there the audience ends up sitting in the round close enough to the performers to hear them breathing. There will be moments when the audience is invited to engage in even more ways, and each person can decide how much he or she wants to be involved.
The piece could be considered an homage to performance art of the '90s and the happenings of the '60s art scene in New York City, but Touched is an event that acknowledges and honors the fact that we are alive and have bodies, bodies that can be touched and can touch and that can do extraordinary things...like sing and dance and paint and tell stories and where a single gesture can inspire an entire world to unfold.
Touched has 14 performers and maybe more depending on which night you come and depending on how much the person sitting next to you wants to participate. If you like to witness evolution, are keen for adventure and enjoy not knowing what might happen next, then this multimedia art event is your ticket to Fringe bliss.
Thursdays 6pm - 7.15pm - 21 Feb, 28 Feb, 7 March
Tix: $15 / $13/ $10