Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Etiquette. Campbelltown Art Centre

During 2010 Campbelltown Arts Centre is expanding its program of live performance to include a range of works that push at the boundary of contemporary performance and actively engage with audiences, location and site. The first work to be presented as part of the Live Program is Etiquette by innovative UK-based company Rotozaza. It will be performed in Campbelltown Arts Centre’s CafĂ© from 19 April until 2 May.

Etiquette is a 30 minute live experience for two people who simultaneously play the roles of performer and audience. Etiquette will quite literally draw you into a gripping and highly personal performance. Taking a seat with a friend or stranger, and using separate headphones, you follow instructions and act out the performance together, inhabiting roles in a series of short scenes, many borrowed from film and theatre. This fascinating show opened in London in 2007 and has been performed around the world, including England, Australia, Canada and Spain.

"gripping... If the line between audience and performer seems blurred, Rotozaza’s 'Etiquette' erases it entirely." New York Times/Herald Tribune

“Etiquette explores the gap between language and meaning. In creating an entirely private space in a public setting, something extraordinary happens.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Etiquette is available at Campbelltown Arts Centre every day from 19 April until 2 May at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. There will be afternoon/ evening performances from Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 April, and on Saturday 1 May at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. Bookings with a friend are advised as participation requires two people per session.

Rotozaza are based in London and Brighton, UK. The writer and director Ant Hampton formed Rotozaza in 1998 and joined with performer Silvia Mercuriali shortly afterwards to make the second show [DUE] in Milan, Italy, 1999. They have been working together in different ways and in various countries and languages on over 20 Rotozaza productions. Since 2003 the work has involved particularly close collaborations with Neil Bennun, Greg McLaren and Melanie Wilson.

Campbelltown Arts Centre is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts centre located in Western Sydney. Since opening in 2005 the Centre has pioneered a contemporary arts program that engages with critical issues of our times. The Centre supports the research, development and production of new work and creates platforms for multidisciplinary arts practice.

To make a booking for Etiquette or for more information, contact the Campbelltown Arts Centre Box Office on 4645 4100 or email Campbelltown Arts Centre is located at the corner of Camden and Appin Roads Campbelltown.

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