Watching Paint Dry…
The NZ Herald say that The Rebel Alliance are “a company to watch”, so you’d better do just that! They’re bringing their latest work “Watching Paint Dry” to Hamilton Fringe audiences this Thursday//Friday//Saturday.
I caught up with that Rebel, Anders, and asked him a range of burning questions…
Do you have a favourite colour?
No not really. Actually, I take that back. I do like blue and red and black. What does that say about me?
Why would audiences want to come and literally watch paint dry?
a) it’s very relaxing.
b) it’s expertly lit by Sean Lynch, a truly great lighting designer
c) It’s also performed by Sean, who’s a really good actor. His delivery of his speech about tuna (It’ll make sense when you see it) is just so darn beautiful. Watching Sean perform is like watching an actor paint space in a 3 dimensional theatrical dance. You can either enjoy the 2d painting or the 3d performance.We work in all the dimensions available to us.
Is Hamilton ready for so much Sean Lynch?
It better be.
Who makes up the Rebel Alliance? How long have you been working together? Where do you hail from?
That’s a lot of questions. The Rebel Alliance is mainly me but I keep on working with a range of artists I’ve collaborated with over the years. I’ve known Sean for more than 10 years. We’ve worked together on numerous projects in other capacities. this is the first time I’ve directed him. He’s taking it well. And I’m from Denmark.
Has this project been long in the works?
Not that long. It’s created specifically for the Fringe. Pip from the Fringe Festival emailed me a while back saying I had to bring a show to Hamilton that we were touring at the time. I couldn’t make that one work unfortunately but I didn’t want to say no to Pip either so I backed myself into a corner and said I’d make a show just for the Fringe. Sean is the only person I know in Hamilton apart from Pip. I work with what I got!
What sort of paint are you using?
Something non toxic. But beautiful!
Watching Paint Dry is on at The Meteor this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6.30pm. Be there, or be severely disappointed that you missed out!