FRINGE 18: 5 mins with Dance Plant Collective

A ritual, in slices, giving trust to natural discoveries and curiosity, The Cost of Arms and Legs, is a presentation between mind and magic, giving light to darkness and answers to no questions. The Dance Plant Collective, in the Cost of Arms and Legs explores thoughts, relationships and the unknown.

We caught up with Dance Plant Collective ahead of their debut this year’s Auckland Fringe.

Is this your first Auckland Fringe?
Yes! This is our first Auckland Fringe as a collective, and we are all super pumped for the festival season!

What are you looking forward to about performing in Auckland?
Being artists involved in Auckland Fringe this year in Auckland has really given us the opportunity to meet new people and learn a lot about networking and all the nitty gritty you need to know in order to make and sell a show! There are so many interesting Fringe venues in Auckland this year: nooks and crannies around the city and in spots you wouldn’t expect, and we love it! Auckland is also where we’ve all grown up so it’ll be great to be able to share this work with our friends, family, fellow artists/creators and hopefully a bunch of other cool people who spontaneously come along to our show! Hint hint 😉

Describe your show in three words or less…
Intricate, Ritualistic, Reflective

Fringe Festivals are known for the weird, wacky, and utterly wonderful – what’s the most bizarre thing you’ve come across during your Fringe history?
We’re all pretty into bizarre stuff, so it’s hard to only pick one thing! Our top pick from last year’s Auckland Fringe would have to be Alexa Wilson’s solo ‘21 Movements’. It was intense, chaotic, beautiful, vulnerable, emotive, relevant, necessary, reflective, challenging and deeply engaging. We left feeling really connected to everyone else in the space and moved by the whole experience.

What are your top 3 picks for Auckland Fringe?
1) ‘The Polar Bear Chronicles’! It is being performed in the same amazing space we are performing in at Studio One Toi Tu. We’re excited to see how the space will be used in a different context. Plus, their poster image is weird, wacky, and wonderful in all ways possible.
2) ‘Auspicious Happening’, by Pressure Point Collective. It is described as a ritual that is crafted specifically for you via an email form you fill out! We love Andrew’s work and can’t wait to see what magic he has been making. It sounds so intriguing
3) ‘Dance, Danced, Dancing’, by Josie Archer and Kosta Bogoievski, at MOTAT’s Aviation Display. Fellow contemporary dancer friends, they are a seriously badass dancing couple with rad moves and even radder ideas. We can’t wait for this one!

Where will we find you during the festival?
All over Auckland! Our show is not until the last few days of Fringe, so we will most likely be rehearsing non-stop at Studio One Toi Tu and rushing around getting things organised. Besides this, you will most likely find us eating tofu donburi from EatBox on Queen Street, drinking coffee (lots of it), lying in the sun at Western Park surrounded by dogs, and of course, heading along to all the other crazy works in the festival.

What would we find if we raided your fridge?
We’re all vegetarian/vegan, so an array of plant based leftovers, veggies, and lots of snacks. We’re really into snacks. Bella also has a 6 month old kombucha scoby in her fridge which she still hasn’t used, and is now scared to open the bag…

Tell us about your spirit animal?
Brit just finished a quiz online which told her that her spirit animal is a snake… It says that those who are snakes are familiar and comfortable with the Earth’s energy, they seem to have a sixth-sense when it comes to reading people’s intentions and approaching danger etc. It is the symbol for medicine, healing and guidance.

Word Association:
Fringe – Art/Bella’s hair
Fridge – Snacks
Auckland – City
Festival – Community
Lights – Mood
Chocolate – Necessary
Winter – Wonderland
Theatre – Home

Catch Dance Plant Collective at Studio One, Toi TU, 1-4 March. Buy your tickets here.