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Salted:Singlet logo

Singlet for Salted:Singlet's first full-length dance work, An Unfortunate Willingness To Agree

Poster and flyer for the Wellington season of An Unfortunate Willingness To Agree,
NZ Fringe Festival 2012

Poster paste-up, Wellington, NZ Fringe Festival 2012 / photographs: Catherine Griffiths

Poster and flyer for the second season of An Unfortunate Willingness To Agree,
Auckland Fringe Festival 2013

Publicity trail over the days during the Auckland season

Auckland Fringe Review:

An Unfortunate Willingness to Agree
Guest review: The Liberal Agenda
by Martyn Bradbury aka Bomber, February 22, 2013

‘Unashamedly from a young person’s perspective, this work ultimately speaks of our desire for something much more human and honest.’
-Oliver Connew

Doesn’t it just.

So, contemporary dance is an art form that I’ve never really ‘got’. But, I’m starting to wonder if that’s simply because I’ve never seen any good contemporary dance. I went to the opening show of ‘An Unfortunate Willingness to Agree’ and found myself engaged in the show in a way that I’ve not experienced with dance before- it really got me thinking. It certainly helps that the themes dealt with by the piece are all pretty juicy.

The show was inspired by director Oliver Connew’s experience of unsatisfactory long-distance communication when his whole family left Wellington and spread across the globe. The show explores these mediums of communication in the context of the political unrest of 2012.

The show begins with a t.v. playing live Al Jazeera, which is so good, I would have been quite satisfied by just watching it for 45 minutes. I was just getting to the point of thinking ‘at what point does us sitting here watching the news become awkward?’ when the dancers emerged. The 45 minute show moves through a series of phases inspired by different ways humans connect in contemporary times; t.v., newspapers, skype and the internet. Each had its own energy and combined, they leave you with a cocktail of feelings. There was frustration and apathy; disconnection and connection; confusion and peace. The show is excellently paced; frantic and electric with perfectly placed moments of stillness.

There are some beautiful images which are burnt into my mind. Newspapers are an brilliantly diverse prop and these dancers really play with them and come up with some beautiful uses. The added bonus is that if you are someone who would very much enjoy seeing a couple of copies of the New Zealand Herald destroyed, then this is the most beautiful way you could imagine that happening.

This show is striking and unique. If you enjoy thinking about how we connect in contemporary times or you’ve ever felt frustrated or inspired by it, then this show will speak volumes to you. I feel like I’ve had and intellectual experience, which I think is probably the first time contemporary dance has done that to me. It’s like I’ve had a really great conversation over a couple of hours and glasses of wine with someone who knows tonnes about the subject and yet, not a word was spoken. I would happily watch it a second time. Well done guys-seriously powerful stuff.

via Tumeke!


All photographs: Catherine Griffiths


05 a corporate world


exhibition: A bespoke display system for New Zealand Institute of Architects

exhibition: Point of Distance
Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 submission

exhibition: Diverse Practice
School of Architecture, VUW

exhibition: ParlourLIVE!
Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 submission

film: Making Waves with 20...

id: Athfield Architects
id: KAREN Network
id: KTA
id: Logan Studio
id: The Oxygen Group
id: Parlour
id: Sharon Jansen Architect
id: Stevens Lawson Architects

online: Interstices Journal

print: A+W•NZ
print: BRAIN magazine, JP
print: Desktop magazine, AU
print: Adam Art Gallery
print: Kristy Gorman
print: Creative New Zealand
print: TypeSHED11

poster: A+W•NZ
poster: A Cadavre Exquis, TS11
poster: Fête du Graphisme 2015
poster: Blue Oyster Art Space
poster: Like This, Like Us
poster: Man-Made
poster: Salted:Singlet
poster: Things That Move Me
poster: Wonder-Land
poster: Window

wayfinding: Athfield Architect
wayfinding: Distance Markers
wayfinding: Fran Wilde Walk


Logo and publicity for Salted:Singlet


client: Salted:Singlet

New Zealand

In 2011, then-student dancer and choreographer Oliver Connew asked me to design a logo for his solo production company Salted:Singlet and the accompanying publicity package for his choreographic dance work, An Unfortunate Willingness To Agree, to be performed at the NZ Fringe Festival in 2012.

A year on, the award-winning performance has attracted rave reviews after its second season at the Auckland Fringe Festival. Oliver plans to take it to Berlin later this year.


related links

facebook: Salted:Singlet

2000s selected

Athfield Architects
REANNZ Research & Education Advanced Network New Zealand
The Oxygen Group

1990s selected/archived

Creative New Zealand
Victoria University
Wools of New Zealand


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