Love You Approximately


 

Christchurch, New Zealand. July 31st, 2009. (New Zealand actress live, Spanish actor on video)


Girona, Spain. September 24th, 2009. (Spanish actor live, New Zealand actress on video)

THE STORY

They met on her OE. Now Imogen is back in New Zealand and Pere lives in Spain. Bravely they attempt to grow a relationship at a long distance using all the technology they have at their disposal: webcam, online chat, emails, text messages. Explore a connection that crosses cultures, languages and time-zones, as Imogen and Pere create a poignant contemporary love story which has become a reality for thousands of people worldwide.

THE PERFORMANCE

Not only video installation and not just a theatre performance, this project seamlessly fuses two art practices, creating a romantic comedy that travels at the speed of current technology. In performance, only one character is live on stage, the other represented by pre-recorded video projection and sound, just as they appear to each other in the relationship within the play.

The rehearsal process functioned in the same distant manner. One actor in New Zealand, the other in Spain, rehearsing together via live web cam. At this date, the two actors have never actually spoken to each other.

THE PRODUCTION

Love You Approximately results from an international collaboration between theatre practioners in Spain and New Zealand.  It is a joint venture between Christchurch based ‘the clinic’ and various established theatre practitioners in Catalunya. Variations of the same script were performed in both Spain and New Zealand in 2009. In Spain, the Spanish actor was live on stage and the New Zealand actress on video. In New Zealand, vice versa.

Running Time: 1 hour 20mins

Languages: the majority of the performance is in English, with a little Spanish and Catalan. Subtitles in Catalan for a catalan audience.

Funded and supported by:

Creative New Zealand, Arpagi, Centre Cultural la Mercè, the Ajuntament de Girona, L'estruch Sabadell

PERFORMED

Spain,  Nau Ivanov, Barcelona, 2 - 5th November 2011. L'estruch, Sabadell, March 2011. La Mercé Centre Cultural, Girona, September 24th, 2009. (Spanish actor live, New Zealand actress on video)

New Zealand, Christchurch Arts Festival July 23 - August 9, 2009.  Downstage Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand.  February 16th - March 5th. 2011
Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand. Dunedin Fringe Festival. 17th - 20th March 2011. (New Zealand actress live, Spanish actor on video)

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