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Performers needed for outdoor performance

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Binge Culture Collective
10 Feb 2015
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Management & Admin, Performing Arts


Binge Culture Collective is looking for performers to play whales in their multi-award-winning outdoor performance: "Whales". This one-off performance is 1 hour long, from 6-7pm on 11 February in Aotea Square. Performers will also be required to attend one 2-hour rehearsal. This is a very fun and very special performance opportunity with an award-winning theatre company. 

Binge Culture’s "Whales" is a community-building event in which strangers on the street suddenly find themselves working together to save a pod of stranded whales and help them back into the ocean.

Two separate pods of 15 whales emerge from different locations in central Auckland. They swim across the land, through the urban streets and around and between people out enjoying their day. They are slow and majestic but also playful, diving and splashing together along the pavement, past cafes, across pedestrian crossings, all the while singing their whale song. They are trying to get back to the ocean, but before they reach it one pod strands near the water, on the land, and the other soon joins them. 30 whales have beached in the hot sun. For them to get safely into the ocean, they need the humans to pull together, to keep them wet and keep their spirits up until they can be refloated. 

A whale-response team is on hand to gather passers-by to help save the whales. The response team gives out buckets that can be filled with sea water and towels that can be dampened and placed over the whales to keep them wet. The community is encouraged to work together in teams to keep each whale damp and calm, “until the tide is high enough” (about 20-30 minutes) for the whales to be refloated and guided into the "ocean", to swim home.

"Whales" won three awards in New Zealand Fringe Festival 2013, including the top award "Best in Fringe" as well as "Creative New Zealand Award for Innovation" and "Fringe Outdoor Award". "Whales" has since been performed with great success in 2014 at Splore music festival in and at the opening of the National Whale Centre in Picton. 

For photos videos of previous performances visit: www.bingeculture.co.nz/whales

Key skills

Acting experience is an advantage, but not required.

How to apply

Please email bingeculture@gmail.com

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Binge Culture Collective

12 Jan 2015