Embodying Téllez’s characteristic sense of wonder and the carnivalesque,  Intermission featured a live lion prowling the stalls of a 1920s movie theatre during a continuous screening of MGM’s infamous opening credits.

In a windswept New Zealand coastal town on an autumn Sunday afternoon, Gwelfa Burgess, the ‘oldest working usherette in New Zealand’, led the audience to experience the thrill of seeing a lion respond to celluloid dreams. Staged as a performance and also a film set, Intermission restaged an expanded notion of cinema – as a tool for the creation of brave new relations between spaces and people. For the artist, the project triggered nostalgia for the golden years, long gone, of many Sundays spent at the ‘talking pictures’.

Commissioned as part of ‘One Day Sculpture’.

Sunday 22 March 2009, 11.00 – 14.00

Everybody’s Theatre, 72 Tasman Street, Opunake, Taranaki

Funders and Supporters

One Day Sculpture was funded by Creative New Zealand; Massy University College of Creative Arts; The Chartwell Collection; University of the West of England, Bristol and Massy University Foundation.

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