New Zealand's most outstanding percussionists Strike will be performing in Hamilton next month with their high energy drumming show Strike Elemental, as the first production of 2012 presented by the Central North Island Arts Consortium.
This consortium comprises Hamilton City Theatres and the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, alongside theatres from New Plymouth and Hastings. Funded by Creative New Zealand under its Regional Distribution Funding Strategy, the Consortium will bring percussive theatrical stage show Strike Elemental to Clarence St Theatre on Thursday, 19 April at 7.30pm.
Described as 'a breathtaking journey of sound manipulation, choreography, rhythmic intricacy and invention', Strike Elementaluses hydrophones, pyrophones, dippophones, Bedford trucks and percussion instruments to explore components of heritage, rhythms and environment, as well as the four elements of water, fire, earth and the airwaves.
The show will be supported by a daytime workshop on 19 April from 11am, which will be run by classically trained Strike musicians, who will bring their innovation and fresh approach to local students and other individuals.
Hamilton City Theatres Business Development Manager Megan Lyon said "Strike Elemental is an exhilarating and exciting experience and one which you will definitely want to share so it's fantastic to have them at Clarence St Theatre."
Strike founding member Murray Hickman, who has performed for Chamber Music NZ, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Symphony and NZSO, says they are looking forward to their time in Hamilton.
"We're really excited to be coming to Hamilton. We've never played Strike Elemental here before and it's long been on our wish list. We can't wait to bring our exciting beats to the people of the city and get a chance to workshop and perform with them as well. It's going to be mad," he said.
In 2011 the Central North Island Arts Consortium presented three New Zealand theatre productions with associated opportunities for the local performing arts community. The Consortium has been at the national Performing Arts Market in Wellington this week planning their 2012 and 2013 programme.
Tickets for the Strike Elemental performance and workshop are available from Ticketek.