Seed began life in Orere Point when Gin Macallum and Niki Cousineau from Subcircle joined Russell Scoones, Carol Brown and family for a two-week residency. The research continued in Prague during the Prague Quadrenniale and was finally produced in Philadelphia, opening at the Christ Church Neighbourhood House, November 2nd 2011. This is Carol Brown's second collaboration with Subcircle, following Crevice made in 2003.
Seed gathers its stories from places distant and near. It carries resonant memories of journeys through long wet grasses, into Manuka forests and along Pohutakawa clad beaches near Orere Point, it meanders blindly in settler city neighbourhoods, past the white picket fences and verandahs of Grey Lynn houses and loses its way in the Symonds St cemetery. It gathers momentum during al fresco dining with the unexpected swooping of a Tui and finds its guardian in the honeyeater who flies into the War Memorial Hall where we rehearse and refuses to leave.
Premiere:02 November 2011
Premiere Venue:2-5th November Christchurch Neighbourhood House, Philadelphia
Dance and Choreography - Gin Macallum and Niki Cousineau
Design - Jorge Cousineau
Sound - Russell Scoones, Jorge Cousineau, Rosie Langabeer