Everybody fails, sometimes spectacularly. Few write a fearless book about it.

Brimming with intellect, humour and rich visuals, this smart new theatre adaptation of acclaimed writer Chris Kraus’ book will have its World Premiere at the Festival. Kraus, who spent part of her adolescence in Wellington until returning to New York at age 21, is best-known for the cult hit I Love Dick.

Her book Aliens & Anorexia depicts her attempt to make the feature film Gravity and Grace in New Zealand in the ‘90s.

Weaving in the writings of French philosopher Simone Weil alongside a free-wheeling retrospective of other “failed” artists, Kraus traverses Berlin, Andy Warhol’s New York, Marseilles and New Zealand in a bid to understand what it means to not succeed.

This theatre piece integrates contemporary video and sound design alongside stand-out performances to create a daring and engrossing production. See it here first.

Artist talk: Post-show on Fri 4 Mar

By arrangement with Playmarket.

The development of Aliens & Anorexia was supported by Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts.

Initial script development of Aliens & Anorexia was supported by BATS Theatre, through their Artist Residency programme.


Exclusive Screening:

Gravity and Grace, directed by Chris Kraus, New Zealand Premiere
Sat 5 Mar, 4:30pm, FREE
Adam Auditorium, City Gallery


He whakaaturanga toi whakaari tēnei nā Chris Kraus’, he tohunga kaituhi, he tangata toko i te mana-wahine (feminist). Nānā te pukapuka, I Love Dick i tuhi, ā, rongonui whānui te pukapuka rā ki te ao. Ko tēnei whakaaturanga, e pā ana ki tāna pukapuka o Aliens & Anorexia, he kohinga pūrākau e kōrero ana mō ōna heke. Kei ā tātou katoa ō tatou piki me ō tatou heke, erangi kāore tātou e kaha ki te kōrero mō ō tātou heke, mō ngā wā rānei kāore tātou i eke ki te taumata i hiahia ai, koina tā Chris Kraus’ mahi i roto i tēnei whakaaturanga.

Artistic Credits

Created by
Eleanor Bishop & Karin McCracken

Starring
Moana Ete, Simon Leary, Karin McCracken, Sam Snedden & Rongopai Tickell

Director
Eleanor Bishop

Performance Designer
Meg Rollandi

AV Designer
Owen McCarthy

Sound Designer
Emi Pogoni

Light Designer & Production Manager
Natasha James

Producer
Melanie Hamilton

Stage Manager
Natasha Thyne

Design Assistant
Sylvie McCreanor

Assistant Producer/Production Manager
Shanell Bielawa


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A-Reserve $59
Early Bird $53
B-Reserve $39
C-Reserve $19

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Duration: 1 hrs 30 mins

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