2nd September 2014 @ Poetrylive
8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd
Guest Poet: Genevieve McClean
Genevieve started writing poetry when she was a child. She has been published a bit: by Landfall, OUP, Broadsheet, and Eye Street, but has always chased performance opportunities for poetry. Those attained, number in the hundreds in New Zealand, and Europe and America over the last two decades. She was first a guest poet at Poetry live when she was 18, and in attendance at Auckland University studying literature, ( but she was actually trying to get into Elam so she could make films). Soon after that she joined Dunedin band: Mink, and shifted there while continuing her degree. The band put out a couple of albums, and Mink toured New Zealand extensively but never left these shores in that incarnation.
Genevieve Graduated from the NZ Drama School in Wellington in 1997, and followed professional work on stage and screen for the next several years. Her interest in post modern performance and political performance has coloured everything she has been involved in since.
Her solo play ‘Word’ in 2000, received favorable reviews, and both ‘SeeYd, published by Playmarket, (which was about seed farming contaminated by genetic Engineering), and ‘Kombination’ (the road movie filmed around Western Europe in an Orange Kombi-van) are devised award-winning scripts that had Genevieve on the team. On returning from an 18 month sojourn based in Berlin, where she was making a film about ex-patriate artists, and also touring Spain with a theatre company researching Lorca, and Flamenca and Canté Jondo, she put Auckland at the fore, and taught interdisciplinary arts at Unitec, and practiced performing and producing as much as possible, and worked in shops to save enough for the gear to edit her film. Then came a husband (briefly). Then ‘The Projector Project’ (a poetry film event); ‘’These Four Walls’ (a site specific installation theatre at Lopdell House); and ‘The Girls’ (Theatre installation at the Civic). All were events that carry her trademark production trait of being able to miraculously pull them off for next to nothing, mostly thanks to her friends’ generous input. She also completed a short poetic documentary called Stasis, and some privately commissioned film pieces, and then cut her teeth as a solo filmmaker on a 240 minute commissioned documentary work for a client.
2014, and 2015 undoubtedly, will find her trying to be all of these things at once, as well as mum to her seven-year-old boy and looking for opportunities to get dressed up and make bonfires.
Guest Musician: Jana and Fender
a new duo in the music realm, their harmonies sublime