A surreally good project is born

Cyborgs and nymphs raise $45,000

Last updated 05:00 19/11/2010

Weta Workshop helped create a spectacular show for Project born, with body painting and animatronics.

Project Born
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Sarah Knox as a nymph.

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Project Born backstage was like a scene from Star Wars, with lizards and humans chatting and preparing for a surreal show – all for a good cause.

Last night's first show at Mojo Coffee's Shed 13 roastery saw all manner of cyborgs, nymphs, lizards, lingerie, film effects and fashion coming together for the unique catwalk presentation.

Insect-like creatures, roving flowers and human pupae that hatched from a pod were also part of the performance spectacular. They shared the spotlight with models wearing lingerie by Elle Macpherson, Pleasure State, Macpherson Man and Womama.

The sold-out show, which will be repeated tonight, has raised more than $45,000 for Neonatal Trust NZ.

Yesterday 31 performers spent 10 hours being bodypainted by 35 artists at Weta Workshop, before going to the waterfront to have prosthetics and costumes fitted. They were to be back for more at 7am today to start preparing for tonight's show.

Sir Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop said from a "creative level it has been an incredible opportunity to explore a number of ideas that have been knocking around in my head".

"That, combined with the brilliance of [Wellington playwright and director] Jo Randerson's direction and the enthusiastic energy of the performers and volunteers who have joined us, to have it all come together in a wonderful show for a terrific charity is very exciting."

A team of full-time volunteers has been working at Weta for the past three months creating prosthetics and special effects for the event.

It also provided a creative outlet for Nikki Partridge of Partridge Jewellers, who designed and made a piece of jewellery especially for the show – a sterling silver katipo spider.

A volunteer cast and crew of more than 160 are involved in the show. Sponsors and organisers hope to repeat the event next year.

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