A wall of many openings, where arms reach, eyes peer, or mouths
whisper. Approaching this surface, audience members lean in to the
touch of fingertips, softly spoken words, or the gaze of a
Sense of a Stranger is a participatory
performance installation that offers a held space for members of
the public to be courageous, to share a moment of touch with a
stranger, and to remind each other of our humanity.
With the support of The Performance Arcade and Expressions Arts
& Entertainment Centre, Olivia Mahood and Poppy Serano will
present Sense of a Stranger at The Performance Arcade in Wellington
from 1-4 March, 2018 and at Expressions Gallery in Upper Hutt from
8-11 March, 2018.
The Performance Arcade attracts 40,000 people every year, the
free admission makes it accessible to a broad community, offering
new encounters between artists and public.
We are gathering a group of 30+ volunteers who will tag team
across 76 performance hours. A mix of performers, individuals, and
members of the community.
Thank you for your donation, with your support we can look after
our volunteers with food and transport assistance, and pay for
rehearsal space. Sense of a Stranger cannot exist without the
people it engages; on both sides of the wall.
Who We Are
Olivia Mahood is an actor, filmmaker and
multidisciplinary artist. Previous participatory/performance art
projects include Boss of an Office and The Ball Never Stops. She is
interested in creating participatory art in public spaces for
broad, multifarious audiences.
Poppy Serano is an emerging performance
designer and recent graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama
school. Working on projects spanning live art, music videos, dance,
films and theatre. Poppy is a 2016 recipient of Wellington Theatre
Award for Set Designer of the year.