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Last night I went to 1000 Lovers, a contemporary dance performance by MAP (Movement Architecture Productions) that uses the public space of the waterfront. Amazing, and they also ran the performance twice during White Night (an Art in the Dark event).

1000 Lovers Wynyard Quarter
Performing at the Gantry at Silo Park.

The audience downloads a music file and listens to the track as they are guided through the site. All the while the dancers perform the entire 50 minute piece counting in their heads and arrive in sync with each other. 

1000 Lovers dance performance North Wharf Auckland

Using the Viaducts Event Centre as a 3D stage.
The barrier at Karanga Square becomes a platform displaying the 'widow' and 'bride'.
Having worked with MAP before, it's fascinating seeing this production come together. I was even lucky enough to go on the first site visit for this rendition (previous performances Tongues of Stone and Blood of Trees). The conversations we had about each of the key locations have come through boldly and with traits of the previous performances.

1000 Lovers Viaduct Events Centre dance

I'll keep you all updated about MAP's future performances, well worth going. It'll open your mind about places that you probably already use. For more photos from the performance, see the Google+ album.

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