Antonia Barnett-McIntosh

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a heavy grey sky and some rocky scrubby hills. Antonia's head is just seen as a blur at the bottom.
Artist Bio Text

Antonia (Ngāi Tahu) lived in Glasgow, London, and Berlin, and has collaborated extensively with musicians, theatre and filmmakers, dancers, visual artists, poets, and software developers. Antonia challenges notions of hierarchy within the traditional classical music context, and investigates fumblings and failures that occur in relationship and conversation; the question of how to perform a combination of techniques simultaneously; and, how these everyday moments can be articulated in exploring ideas of “virtuosity”. How can a performer’s virtuosity be embodied and showcased in very ordinary ways to create a new form of expression, a new relationship with an audience? Returning to Aotearoa in 2018, Antonia focusses her time on new performances and projects which build community and discourse across arts in Aotearoa. She is President of Te Rōpū Kaitito Puoro o Aotearoa/Composers Association of New Zealand, co-editor of BLOT, and co-director of Second Company.

Photo credit Leena Kangaskoski