SAM TRUBRIDGE CURATION
THE PERFORMANCE ARCADE
Founder and Artistic Director
The Performance Arcade is an annual Live Art mini-festival and programme of free events located on Wellington Waterfront that attracts over 39,000 each year. Using a series of architecturally arranged shipping containers, the Arcade creates a string of spaces for installation, performance art, sonic art, audio-visual art, interactive media, culinary art and live music.
NZ NEW PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL, NEW YORK
Artistic Director and Curator
A festival at the famous La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York: the lineup represented the best of New Zealand contemporary performance across a wide variety of genres, from dance to stand up comedy, physical theatre to installation. With nine works presented over a three week period, the festival showcased award-winning and internationally respected New Zealand artists, each curious, innovative, and eager to discover the next wave of performance.
One of 13 globally dispersed events as part of the Performance Studies International (PSi) Fluid States programme. Deep Anatomy used the unique geography of The Bahamas and the Vertical Blue free-diving championship (‘the Wimbledon of Free-diving’, NY Times) as a site for provocative intersections between the local community, athletes, and performance studies academics. The programme and curation of the event examines performance and free-diving both as integrated processes: where action and intellect combine, and a ‘deep anatomy’ occurs.
THE STAGE SPACE
Director and Designer
The StageSpace was a performance environment where the arts of New Zealand’s Creative Capital were brought to Wellington International Airport for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. A landscape of floating white shapes and lit surfaces provided space for a programme of dance, installation, fashion, cooking, and musical performances. Like the view from an airplane window, these events offer moments of distraction for the passing public: fleeting visions that transform the everyday routines of the airport into a place of discovery and transformation. Over a month The StageSpace featured over 100 artists, 30 groups, and 45 separate events from the Wellington performing and visual arts community.