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An Unfortunate Willingness to Agree trailer from Salted:Singlet on Vimeo.



The performance of fossil fuel extraction is marked by a great indignity. This work, ‘C’, represents, of course, specific practices and events associated with fossil-fuels, but also, more generally, an ugly and unbalanced relationship with the hand that feeds us. The movement holds an air of increasing desperation about it. ‘C’ speaks of a human arrogance; a white man in white dress in a white room irreversibly compromises the purity of himself and his environment.

Performed by Oliver Connew over 2 days (21-22 June 2012)

Filmed by Bruce Connew, 21 June 2012

The Up and Down of It from Oliver Connew on Vimeo.

A dance film made on some stairs at Athfield House, Wellington in early 2011.

Comings and Goings.

Oliver Connew
Gareth Okan

Music: ‘100 Minutes of Silence’ – The Mint Chicks

Workshopping for a new dance work called “An Unfortunate Willingness to Agree”

Director/Choreographer: Oliver Connew
Collaborators/Performers: Gareth Okan, Fleur Cameron
Composer: Marika Pratley

Co-Producers: The Wanderer Productions, Salted Singlet

27 February – 2 March 2012, 6:30PM
BATS Theatre, Wellington, NZ

Dancers (in video):
Gareth Okan
Fleur Cameron
Marika Pratley
Otto Ramstad

This was a quick and successful improv session exploring ‘characters’ for the dance film, The Up and Down of It, premiered at Russian Frost Farmers Gallery, 21 May 2011.

Dancers are Oliver Connew and Gareth Okan

Music is Water and Pyramid by Treehouse


I start the music again halfway through – makes me laugh.


George Carlin sums up a lot of my current thinking:

“We have the conceit to think that somehow we’re a threat!?”

Issues like climate change are indeed definitely going to affect our way of life. But to the unsentimental Mother Earth it is insignificant if she loses the polar bears. We should keep in mind that we are a blip and will remain a blip. We are more insignificant and pointless than our arrogance is willing to accept. Hold on to your causes if it makes you happy, after all that should be our only aim. Break your tethers as best you can. I am pointless and insignificant–how liberating!

The saddest I’ve seen.




worth using all your internet up….


A piece by artist Samin Son, filmed by Naomi Lamb.

This piece occurred in the context of a bunch of wafty dance. I don’t have a problem with waft, but when this came along its beautiful aggression was so powerful!

Mau Dance Company established in 1995 by Samoan-born Lemi Ponifasio and named after the Samoan Independence Movement

Tempest: Without a Body