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Good Good Fortune at Wellington Performance Arcade

Inspired by the backstreets of Singapore’s China Town and Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus Rex, dancer and choreographer Lucy Marinkovich brought her immersive and interactive-performance experience Good Good Fortune to Wellington’s Performance Arcade in March.

Watch a video of an interview with Marinkovich describing her time at INSTINC

Marinkovich created the work while on an artist’s residency at INSTINC gallery in Singapore. She was supported to attend the residency by an Asia New Zealand Foundation arts grant.

As well as drawing inspiration from her explorations of Singapore's China Town, Marinkovich says Chinese rituals of luck, such as the giving of laisee packets (red envelopes containing money), influenced the work.

“I wanted to combine this little sense of ritual with something, and this idea of fortune, chance and luck."

Concepts of luck and fate were on her mind when she went to Singapore. She says she was feeling both lucky to be attending the residency but at the same time feeling it was hard work, not luck, that got her there.

“I know it’s a very un-New Zealand thing to say, but I thought ‘no I’m not lucky, I earned this’ and it’s one of those things that you put stepping stones in for your career – something that you’d like to achieve."

Marinkovich says attending the residency gave her an opportunity to really focus on her work and dedicate herself fully to one project, without distractions.

"I feel like I’m freelancing in New Zealand because I’m always going between a million different projects and always setting up for the next thing, and so the reason I was seeking this residency opportunity was basically for peace and quiet, so I could do my work and, as extreme as it sounds, going for a residency actually gave me that opportunity." 

At the end of her time in Singapore, Marinkovich performed Good Good Fortune over two days at INSTINC gallery – interviewing over 100 participants and recording their personal reactions to luck, their perceived relationship to the idea of fate and their experiences of good and bad fortune.

Good Good Fortune leads audience members through a series of games, questions, chance activities, and instinctive response that ultimately lead them to the selection of their personal “fortune”.

Marinkovich says she was initially unsure how the work would be received but found people opened up and embraced it.

"I was quite touched by the way that people sat down and were very open and honest and really vulnerable..."

Marinkovich will be performing Good Good Fortune between 10 and 11 a.m. from Thursday 16 March to Sunday 19 March at the Performance Arcade on Wellington’s Waterfront.

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16 March 2017