121212 UpStage Festival of Cyberformance
Attending the 121212 UpStage Festival of Cyberformance is completely free and accessible via a standard internet connection and browser; audiences join by simply clicking a link on the schedule page at the time of each live performance.
The annual festival, now in its sixth year, is organised by artists Vicki Smith and Helen Varley Jamieson, with a team of dedicated volunteers in New Zealand and around the world – online meetings of the team cross multiple timezones and languages. "The festival is unique," says festival architect Helen Varley Jamieson. "Where else could you bring together multi-national groups performing live from all corners of the world for a global audience? It breaks down the barriers of time and distance. Many of the groups have members from different countries who have never met in person."
Alongside the online access, the UpStage Festival of Cyberformance includes "real life access nodes" in 14 locations around the world from Wellington to Buenos Aires, Munich and Coimbra (Portugal). Festival architect Vicki Smith says the access nodes provide opportunities for groups of people to gather locally and experience the performances together as part of the global audience.
"The Physics Room in Christchurch will project festival performances as part of their programme, in Wellington there will be an outdoor screening in the CBD, while in Coimbra, the performances will be projected onto the outside of a theatre building, and in Buenos Aires, a large outdoor screening will operate for the entire programme in 12 December."
121212 Upstage Festival of Cyberformance is in two parts: Walking Backwards Into The Future, a retrospective of 17 shows from past festivals from 5-11 December; and Testing 1 2, 1 2, 1 2, 19 new live performances premiering on Wednesday 12 December (and parts of December 11 or December 13 depending on your timezone).
All performances will be accessible with a standard browser and internet connection, by following the links in the schedule pages at http://www.upstage.org.nz