The Metamorphosis Artists: Jake Church & Anita Hutchins

Sun 7 Feb, Sun 14 Feb, Thu 18 Feb

Various, see below



Cuba St Left Bank

112 Cuba Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


wheelchair accessible, casual, join in

Jake and Anita want to explore and share other peoples stories as well as engage meaningfully with the emotion of those experiences. A ‘Scrùbi’ is a piece of art created by a participant following specific instructions. It is then interpreted in performance through a guitarist and dancer — a secret way to express a subconscious emotional state through art. They have developed a system for interpreting the Scrùbi through music and dance. This experience can be likened to a sonic-motion caricature. It integrates their dialectic system of creating original music and choreography. Stop by and share the emotions of your secrets in confidence as an individual, a couple, or a small group without telling them a thing!

7 Feb - 11:00
14 Feb - 13:00
18 Feb - 11:00

Jake Church is a Wellington-based guitarist who enjoys exploring experimental music and collaborating to create new-music and mix-discipline compositions. These works tend to come from improvised processes and performance exercises. 

Along with Anita Hutchins, he is currently working with Java Dance focusing on improvisation processes between musicians and dancers. As a soloist and collaborative artist, this work allows him to continue expanding his performance and pedagogical practices.

In 2019, Jake attended the inaugural 21C Guitar Conference in Ottawa and presented a seminar of his work on “Collaborating with the Guitar”. He studied qualitative analysis with Professor Stefan Östersjö of Lund University and Stockholm Royal College of Music, Sweden. 

2019’s opportunities followed the completion of a Master of Musical Arts research degree at the New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī (2017) under the primary supervision of Dr Jane Curry. His studies explored the collaborative practices between non-guitarist composers and guitarist performers. 

Anita Hutchins is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and creator of dance art. She is involved in the Wellington freelance contemporary dance scene. She works with Java Dance and collaborates with guitarist Jake Church making art installation projects.

Her areas of artistic and intellectual interests are in the experience of reality, metaphysics, existentialism, and symbology. As seen through the ‘Scrùbi’ project, she is also interested in accessing the subconscious mind through art. In 2021 she will begin her post-graduate studies at university to explore her areas of interest further.
She returned to New Zealand after a decade of dancing with companies in Europe. Anita was a member of the Bayerisches Staatsballett Munchen, Netherlands Dans Theater II, The Royal New Zealand Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre. Since this return, Anita completed a BA majoring in Philosophy at VUW, taught dance for 11 years, and became a mum.

Java Dance Theatre, Full Swing Vintage Dance Company


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