Meet & Greet Sam Trubridge – The Performance Arcade Festival NZ

Jun 2019  

Talk Wednesday June 19th from 19:00 on

APA-B e.V. – The Association for Performance Art in Berlin e.V. invites to a Meet & Greet with Sam Trubridge, the director of The Performance Arcade in Wellington, New Zealand.

Sam Trubridge will introduce the festival and be available for Q&A. Moderation will be done by Teena Lange.
The next festival will be held from Feb 20 – March 1, 2020. The Call for Proposals is open and ongoing, the deadline is August 2, 2019.

This Meet & Greet event is free and no registration is required.
There will be drinks on donation and snacks.
English will be the main language.
All are welcome.

The Performance Arcade is a unique event. It puts experimental performance disciplines (from theatre, dance, performance art, live art, installation, design, sonic art, media art, public intervention, social sculpture, etc) into a highly visible public space on Wellington Waterfront. We use shipping containers, scaffolding, and street graphics to create a multi-layered spatial framework for works selected from around the world. Sometimes works use the shipping container as a gallery/stage space, whilst other works travel through/into the city and waterfront environment. Between 60-90,000 people encounter the event every year.

As a research project the focus is on breaking the usual frames of reference for performance (gallery, theatre, screen) and investigating a more volatile relationship with the city and the passing public that is not guided by the disciplinary routines of familiar spaces. Its location on Wellington Waterfront also explores interests in the sea / coast / ocean as a space of performance, using the shipping container as a symbol for global commerce, migration, and crisis.

The website includes archives of all works presented over the past 9 years: www.theperformancearcade.com

Berlin-based artists such as Samin Son, Janine Eisenächer, Steffi Weismann, and Hans Kellet (Princessin Hans) have already participated.

Sam Trubridge is a solo performance artist, performance designer, curator, and theatre director based in Aotearoa NZ. He has shown work across Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas, and has been published and exhibited in various international contexts, including the Prague Quadrennial and World Stage Design. Between 2005-2009 Sam coordinated Massey University’s cutting edge Performance Design Degree with Toi Whakaari, NZ Drama School.

This year he graduated with a PhD in creative practice from Massey University. Sam conceived, directed, and curated The Performance Arcade: a new performance festival on Wellington’s waterfront that has run annually since 2011. The success of this concept continues to support the growth of experimental performance practises in NZ and abroad and has received various awards, citations and commissions.


Supported by Goethe-Institut, Wellington.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/624016744765140/