With urgency, freedom and force, the existential new dance theatre work from Stuart Lloyd-Harris and Julia Harvie takes you on an immersive performance trip behind the barriers to create a micro society inside one of The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora’s Engineering buildings.
With layers of history from its original role as the University of Canterbury’s Engineering Department to the home of The Court Theatre, HIVE breathes new life into the now earthquake-strengthened building providing the audience a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get behind the fences before the building is fully restored and steps into its new role.
This performance will absorb you. The show explores how layered social structures and systems influence the roles we play within society. We spend our lives swinging back and forth between believing we have more control over the world than we do, and feeling, just as wrongly, that we have none. It addresses the question of why we are all searching to belong and how we actively and passively employ tactics and play roles to be a part of society.
Drawing together dancers Josie Archer, Kosta Bogoievski, Sarah Elsworth, and cellist, Nicole Reddington, HIVE reveals unflinching existential, social and ecological concerns.
This event is restricted to those aged 16 years old and above. There are scenes with full nudity.
Please note: Due to the current state of the building and the immersive nature of the work, the venue is not fully accessible. We can provide portable seating on request, but the audience will be standing and moving through the site and performance.