21 Nov 2021

The return of the TINY Performance Festival

From Standing Room Only, 1:31 pm on 21 November 2021


A dance work exploring the sometimes toxic power imbalance between choreographers and dancers is part of the line up for this year's Ōtautahi TINY Performance Festival.

The festival started in 2019 as a platform and a community hub for the next wave of performance makers and audiences in Christchurch.

It had to be cancelled last year due to the pandemic.  But this year the show will go on, even if some rehearsals have had to happen over Zoom.  Lynn Freeman talks to two of the major artists.

Tāmaki Makaurau-based choreographer Katrina Bastian and her dancer Olivia are presenting Extanz Vol. 1: An Epic on Power, based on hundreds of interviews with dancers who've felt exploited and pushed beyond their limits.

Meanwhile Juanita Hepi's multi-disciplinary performance I am not your Dusky Maiden also incorporates responses from a range of wāhine/women to that archaic phrase.   Juanita says she's delighted and relieved the festival can go ahead: