6th May, 2013
Media Release

Like This, Like Us.
New contemporary dance work from Salted:Singlet
7.00pm, 22—25 May, 2013
The Basement, Auckland

Oliver Connew and Georgie Goater
with Alfredo Ibarra (music), Amber Molloy (lighting), Valentina Serebrennikova (set)

tickets: $20/$15

Georgie Goater and Oliver Connew are friends, good friends. Yet, their personalities are almost diametrically opposed. To Oliver, Georgie is absurd. To Georgie, Oliver is ridiculous.

This is the starting point for Like This, Like Us, the first in a triptych of duets from award-winning Salted:Singlet (Best in Dance, NZ Fringe Festival 2012) showing 22—25 May at The Basement, Auckland’s home of new and exciting theatre talent. Inspired by the dynamics of a friendship, two humanoids explore the rabid cult of individualism in a plastic-wrapped, ready-to-use world where the contemplations of science-fiction have invaded reality and supplanted the need for commonality. Like This, Like Us treads the first steps of a hypothetical path into our future.

Together with music from accomplished Chilean musician Alfredo Ibarra, innovative lighting design by Amber Molloy and stage design by Valentina Serebrennikova, the alien-like physicalities of these performers take, as a reviewer said of Connew’s recent award-winning work An Unfortunate Willingness To Agree, a further ‘leap across the yawning chasm of the landscape of “self” that has preoccupied a whole generation of choreographers before…’ [Jenny Stevenson, Theatreview].

As with An Unfortunate Willingness To Agree, Like This, Like Us continues a personal investigation into contemporary sociopolitical realities. Connew’s work is initiated by a young generation who he sees as having been coerced into a mode of extreme individualism, where community and commonality are seen as disagreeable and inconvenient.

‘In this work, global themes are personalised, and brought down to a human-scale.’ says Connew.

Like This, Like Us is an ambitious new project from a young up-and-coming dancer/choreographer whose previous work has enjoyed fine reviews [see links below]. With him on this is an exceptional collection of artists, who each in their own way are working to make this a special event.

Like This, Like Us is supported by Boosted & friends, The Basement, Unitec, and Vapour Momenta Books