The importance of cultural diversity in the arts is celebrated as The Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC) launches their new full year performing arts development programme, Culture Clash. This intensive programme will culminate in a unique new performance work, and is open to experienced performers and those interested in developing their skills in the performing arts.
The aim is to provide a platform where voices from different backgrounds are heard and developed. Where differing cultures can share their unique perspectives towards a collective piece. Collaborating in a safe, creative space whilst learning the tools of the performing arts trade from established leading professionals.
One of just six projects funded by the ‘Auckland Diversity Project Fund’ a partnership fund between Creative New Zealand and Foundation North, the project aims to increase diversity in Auckland Arts, through the support and development of Maori, Pacific, and Asian artists and audiences in the Auckland region.
TAPAC’s Culture Clash invites people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved. The programme is open to anyone over 16 with interest in acting, dance, spoken word, and music, as well as people interested in a career behind the scenes such as production, stage management or design.
Through intensive weekly workshops, project participants will develop their individual skills, while working with the group towards the creation of a culturally unique and dynamic performance season. The weekly workshops will be tailored to the group and individual needs, bringing in a wide range of Auckland’s leading performing arts practitioners.
“Culture Clash brings together groups and individuals from Maori, Pacific Island and Asian communities through the performing arts, celebrating Auckland’s talent and diversity with support by a professional creative team,” says Culture Clash and TAPAC Artistic Director, Margaret-Mary Hollins.
Depending on the interest of each participant, they will have the opportunity to train in story devising, singing, voice development, character improvisation, physical theatre technique, circus skills, puppeteering, and technical theatre skills.
Hollins, alongside Project Director Beth Kayes, will stimulate the group with creative prompts such as “Are we lost in translation or inspired by intercultural connections?”, as they collectively work towards the creation of a performance season to premiere as part of the 2017 Auckland Fringe Festival.
“This collective exploration process provides a connection point and opportunity to upskill in a positive and constructive environment towards a shared, multi-layered, and unique new work,” says Hollins.