Magdalena Aotearoa Networking Party!

You’re invited to a Magdalena Aotearoa Networking Party!
Monday 1 February 2010, from 7pm-10pm
Newtown Hall, Daniel St., Wellington

The Networking Party is an evening of networking and information sharing – come and learn what the Magdalena Aotearoa Trust and the Magdalena Project are all about, and network with other theatre practitioners and artists. We’ll provide some drinks & nibbles (contributions to the refreshments are welcome).

There will be short presentations from a number of local artists, including Madeline McNamara & Helen Varley Jamieson about their participation at the Transit International Festival of Women’s Performance at Odin Teatret, Denmark, last August, and Lisa Maule about Eko Theatre and the Southern Corridor project.

We are interested to hear from other local women theatre practitioners who have forthcoming or recent projects that you would like to share; emai

See you on the 1st!

4 Replies to “Magdalena Aotearoa Networking Party!

  1. the networking party went off really well last night. 27 people attended (26 women & one magdalad : ) representing a wide cross-section of the local theatre community. there were 9 short presentations which were all really interesting projects – from the well-known such as crows feet dance collective and bats theatre, to people new to wellington or coming back to theatre after a time away. lisa has promised to do a write-up of the presentations …
    it was such a busy evening that everyone completely forgot to take any photos, so you will just have to imagine the scene – a crowd of theatre artists talking excitedly, nibbling from the yummy spread put together by moira & jak, browsing the information tables & networking like crazy.
    perhaps we should have another one some time …

  2. there was such a great web of new connections and interconnections spun through the evening… what a buzz…
    Here’s what the Project website says:
    The Magdalena Project is a dynamic cross-cultural network of women’s theatre and performance, facilitating critical discussion, support and training. It is a nexus for diverse performance groups and individuals whose common interest lies in a commitment to ensuring the visibility of women’s artistic endeavour.
    well, I felt all that. And it is stirring to know that this is happening across the world in more than 50 countries. This network is what we make if it… and buoyed by what others make of it too.
    Thanks to everyone for being there the other night, and a shout out to everyone who couldn’t make it. I’m looking forward to hearing more about everyone’s work through this site and through our newsletter.

  3. Hi all – this is from my notes and Helen helped me with some schpelling.
    Any corrections or additions welcome – add a comment. Lisa
    Shona Holborow invited people to the Crimson Club: three community
    halls in Wellington (Khandallah, Breaker Bay& Murutai School Eastbourne) and BATS during the fringe. Music, laughter and spot prizes for best dressed audience member. OPENS SAT 13TH FEB in Khandallah.
    Steph from BATS is proud of all the strong work by women that she has been able to programme this year. Fringe is on now but after that we can look forward to the Comediette’s, “Te Kopai” by Bush Collective, and “Katydid” by Lucy O’Brien, with Eleanor Bishop as producer, and directed by Charlotte Bradley.
    “How to be a Domestic Goddess” – a dance show inspired by cooking
    shows – we were honoured by the presence of two of the Crows Feet Dance
    Collective, Gay Puketapu-Andrews and Jenny Stevenson.
    “Boyz 2 Women” – will be auditioning later in the year. Fun concept
    very well talked up by the beautiful Anny Freitas and Toni Regan (of Drag Kings and “The Outing”).
    Donna Banicevich Gera’s play “My Name is Ruby” has a venue and a marketer – looking for an actor and a director. Beautiful NZ story.
    Mr Sterile Assembly (Chrissy, Keiran and Sascha) – outsider punk and also building on work done with Alan Brunton and Sally Rodwell over the
    years – have a new album and tour planning underway.
    A contemporary Maori dance festival called “Kowhiti” at Matariki (June) to be produced by Jenny Stevenson (lighting by Lisa Maule), lead by
    Tanemahuta and Merenia Grey. Te Papa Tongarewa: The National Museaum of New Zealand
    Jaki Trolove (visual artist) and Madeline McNamara (fine ass – oh
    come on, she was in the sick bay! – Helen & still is from the sounds of it …) exhibition and short festival “Critical Whiteness”. (the exhibition is Jak’s, Madeline is involved in the weekend forum)
    Caroline Welkin’s back in the comedy saddle – but not sure wether to
    stand up or sit down! She is working on a new show, “Take a Stand” with another comedian – making a change.
    Lisa Maule is part of the “Southern Corridor Project” working with
    principles from Te Ao Maori and developing a new model of
    participatory inter art work alongside Heather Timms and Mihaere
    Kirby of Eko Theatre.
    Currency – plays by Jo Holstead, Ruby Topo and Melanie Nixon on last
    week at Happy Bar. (Any reviews or comments by people who saw it?)

  4. yes i saw “currency” on its last night at happy last saturday, & really enjoyed the three plays – they were very fresh & vibrant & unpretentious, tackling current monetary issues from interesting & unconventional perspectives. i made a comment on theatreview in response to smythe’s review & it brings me back to the things we’ve been discussing at the gathering, about how we review & respond to work.

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