Adapted from the book by Chris Kraus
by Eleanor Bishop and Karin McCracken
Everybody fails, sometimes spectacularly. Few write a fearless book about it.
Brimming with intellect, humour and rich visuals, this smart new theatre adaptation of acclaimed writer Chris Kraus’ book will have its World Premiere at the Festival. Kraus, who spent part of her adolescence in Wellington until returning to New York at age 21, is best-known for the cult hit I Love Dick.
Her book Aliens & Anorexia depicts her attempt to make the feature film Gravity and Grace in New Zealand in the ‘90s.
Weaving in the writings of French philosopher Simone Weil alongside a free-wheeling retrospective of other “failed” artists, Kraus traverses Berlin, Andy Warhol’s New York, Marseilles and New Zealand in a bid to understand what it means to not succeed.
This theatre piece integrates contemporary video and sound design alongside stand-out performances to create a daring and engrossing production. See it here first.
Artist talk: Post-show on Fri 4 Mar
By arrangement with Playmarket.
The development of Aliens & Anorexia was supported by Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts.
Initial script development of Aliens & Anorexia was supported by BATS Theatre, through their Artist Residency programme. Video system design and integration is supported by Artificial Imagination.
He whakaaturanga toi whakaari tēnei nā Chris Kraus’, he tohunga kaituhi, he tangata toko i te mana-wahine (feminist). Nānā te pukapuka, I Love Dick i tuhi, ā, rongonui whānui te pukapuka rā ki te ao. Ko tēnei whakaaturanga, e pā ana ki tāna pukapuka o Aliens & Anorexia, he kohinga pūrākau e kōrero ana mō ōna heke. Kei ā tātou katoa ō tatou piki me ō tatou heke, erangi kāore tātou e kaha ki te kōrero mō ō tātou heke, mō ngā wā rānei kāore tātou i eke ki te taumata i hiahia ai, koina tā Chris Kraus’ mahi i roto i tēnei whakaaturanga.