The Black Rider
21 April – 6 May - The Gym
Trailblazing Christchurch-based theatre company Free Theatre is developing an exciting new production of The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets, as part of a special year of music-theatre projects.
Directed by Peter Falkenberg and featuring Arts Foundation laureate Delaney Davidson, The Black Rider is the New Zealand première of a work originally conceived by collaborators Tom Waits, William S. Burroughs and internationally acclaimed director Robert Wilson.
Based on the German opera Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber, the story revolves around a lover and his fateful pact with the devil. It blurs the boundaries between music, theatre and film, and blends German expressionism style with dark Cabaret carnival music.
Arts Centre Chief Executive André Lovatt welcomes Free Theatre’s ability to continuously innovate and draw people to the site.
“Each year, they’re developing new exciting and daring work based around the collaboration of exceptional artists. Free Theatre produces the kind of unique experiences we want to promote in the new Arts Centre”.
Actor/producer George Parker is stoked with the calibre of collaborating artists.
“We’re deliberately mixing up ideas of what is considered high art and the popular to create new work for new audiences in the new city.
“For that you need artists prepared to take genuine risks as was the case with the original collaborators of The Black Rider”.
As part of the programme, Free Theatre is presenting a fresh run of its popular Ubu Nights, which combine performance, music, film and hospitality around different themes.