Tangle is part mass visual art installation, part performance, part playground and all chaos. Family fun for Waitangi weekend, don't miss the New Zealand premiere of this incredible collaborative art performance for kids proudly presented by the Chartwell Trust.
Bookings essential. Suitable for ages 2-12. All children need to be accompanied by an adult and adults need to book a spot too. You can book Tangle for free below.
Polygot Theatre’s Tangle is a giant experiment where children take control and create a giant abstract tangled artwork that everyone owns. Like a giant pegboard, children and families create a landscape together, tangling and weaving coloured elastic through giant gold poles. Gradually, the landscape fills with interconnecting lines of different colours as more and more children fill the space. It’s a shared squiggly line drawing in three dimensions, creating a stretchy bouncy playground, fuelled by live music and culminating in a big dance party. Performers will follow the children’s instincts, responding to their impulses and facilitating their creations. Tangle is part mass visual art installation, part performance, part playground and all chaos. There will be two sessions daily from 5 to 8 February – 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. When they enter Tangle children will be given a length of elastic they can use to weave around the space, playing and exploring the colourful chaos as they go. Last entry for each session will be 45 minutes before it finishes. Book now to secure a space at this unforgettable New Zealand first, proudly presented by the Chartwell Trust. PLEASE NOTE: recommended ages 2-12, all children will need to be accompanied by an adult (who also need to book a space).
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