The chaos of the modern world balanced by an ancient myth in a new work by Performance Art Powerhouse
Rituals of destruction by Alexa Wilson
Presented in partnership with Auckland Live and TinyFest
Drawing on artists’ unique ability to channel the emotions of the present day and to express both darkness and light, Rituals of destruction is a powerful new work by the award-winning avant-garde performance artist, Alexa wilson. The premiere of this new work, which explores the themes of mass crisis and the global phenomena of mass protests, collective resistance and the traumatic effects of a pandemic, begins on November 27, 2021 in Christchurch, as part of the TinyFest at Christchurch City Hall. The Auckland
season, in collaboration with Auckland Live, will play at Auckland Town Hall on February 9 and 10, 2022.
Using dance as a transformative practice, while using theatrical and installation mediums, this new and exciting work deconstructs a series of visual and performative aesthetics linked to the political climate unfolding in 2021. Examining power, the work explores how marginalization empowers certain groups of people while being destructive and politically oppressive to other demographics. Rituals of destruction focuses on underlying myths, language abuse or distortions, demonstrating how performance, and in particular performance art, is originally highly ritualistic. Resulting from historical systemic imbalances, Rituals of destruction is a glimpse into what happens when we think about culture to transform it. Its goals are to break down oppressive norms in and around the body and identity, through powerful symbolic actions and gestures.
The work is performed by an all-female ensemble – Alexa Wilson herself, with
Shani dickins and Alana Yee, with live percussion from Hannah Dactyl (Vox Venus). Visually, the work deconstructs pop culture and glamor, framed by silver and gold flooring with moody lighting design. By pulling anarchic punk-like images out of the media, audiences will see how artists play with juxtaposition by interweaving ancient rituals with contemporary everyday rituals, creating an epic and eventful experience.
“You will have the chance to have experienced a performance by Alexa Wilson. I am still captivated,
she has a unique way of mixing so much complexity and feeling into every job she does,
it’s incredibly powerful. â- Sara Cowdell, Performance Art Week Aotearoa (PAWA), 2018
Alexa Wilson is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, collaborator, videographer and performer, writer and teacher who has spent 10 years performing in Europe and around the world. Rituals of destruction is his first independently funded work since returning to Aotearoa. Among his credits, Wilson choreographed the award-winning piece
magic box (2004) and Poisonous White Elephant Shock (2009), for which she won respectively the prestigious title of Best Emerging Choreographer and the Creative New Zealand Tup Lang Award. She returned in 2011 to win four Auckland Fringe Awards for her solo Weg: A-Way. Her work has taken her all over the world, including Berlin, Vienna, New York, Germany, Belgium, Poland, London, Stockholm, Zurich, India, China and Vancouver, with a canon of choreographed work that includes
Star / Oracle (2014), The status of being (2014)
and black light (2017) with Footnote NZ Dance,
21 movements (2017), Breathless (2017),
999: Trauma Center / Al-chemist Power Center (2018/19). She has danced for choreographers Douglas Wright, Malia Johnston, Lisa Densem, Anna Bate among others. She is the founder and artistic director of Experimental Dance Week Aotearoa and publishes her first book in 2021.
For previous work: cargocollective.com/alexawilson
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