Year of the Tiger
Year of the Tiger (虎—hǔ) is a new work-in-development by theatre-artist and performer, Alice Canton.
The work presents seven stages of life, reflected through seven local volunteers born in the Year of the Tiger, between 1938 – 2010.
Together, an ensemble of strangers reflect on their lives and the changing world around them, discovering in real-time the strands of the zodiac sign that tie them together.
Part live-documentary, part social practice, Year of the Tiger (虎—hǔ) celebrates intergenerational connection through conversations about family, fortune and compatibility.
“It’s a testament to Canton’s skill as a storyteller and facilitator that the show, and its accompanying workshops, convey a strong sense of empowerment through the affirmation of personal experiences.”
-The Pantograph Punch
Alice is a performer and theatre-artist of Chinese and Pākehā descent. Her collective practice and artistic nom de plume, White_mess, make a range of live theatre and performance events from solos to large-scale community engagement projects. White_mess work with strong social purpose – reflecting the world in which we live and challenging the ways in which we operate. Alice’s current focus is on social practice, exploring the threads between participation, political engagement, and community.
Alice has a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School (Acting) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from the University of Canterbury.