"In-development" are special seasons Free Theatre provides within its Te Puna Toi/Contemporary Performance Programme in The Gym to allow for workshopping and experimentation. Promoting especially an interdisciplinary approach between the arts and different sectors, Free Theatre works with collaborators towards new projects and hosts residencies of artists and groups to develop their own interdisciplinary work. Workshops, artist talks, Ubu Nights, happenings and 'spin-offs', are incorporated into the "in-development" phase with outcomes providing distinct new work and opportunities for emerging and established artists and producers. The onus on process and development as much as product and presentation provides a distinct and unique offering in Christchurch and has seen the emergence of new works such as: Kafka's Amerika, Footprints/Tapuwae, The Mauricio Kagel Project, Frankenstein and The Black Rider.
Upcoming: Markets and Puppets
Based on the market place theatre of commedia dell’ arte and the physical theatre of Jacques Lecoq, the ensemble is currently developing work as part of its "in-development" season. This will culminate in a series of presentations in early December. This will include special Ubu Nights in December focused around "The Art of the Deal". More details to follow...
If you'd like to participate, public workshops will be held during the process - the first on Saturday 18 Nov 10-4pm. Join our mailing list here if you would like to be emailed directly about this project. Or email or text us to pre-book a workshop spot: email@example.com, 021 025 61384.
Images: (clockwise from left) inspiration for 'Markets and Puppets'; a Free Theatre physical theatre workshop (Stuart Lloyd-Harris); Free Theatre's 2013 Canterbury Tales 2013 created for the market-place (Jonny Knopp).