Space to Fail

An international panel discussing the necessity of reciprocal exchange, international, process based residencies.

Thursday December 13th
14:30 – 16:00
Bíó Paradís, Hverfisgata 54

New Zealand based producer Adam Hayward of Hyde Productions will chair a discussion on the need for residencies to be reciprocal when exchange is involved and for the notion of product based residencies to be relegated in favour of those that focus on process and which provide and encourage a ‘space to fail’. The discussion will involve short provocations from invited international presenters, curators, producers and artists and will open the floor for discussion early on. In addition the new process based residency project being developed by Hyde Productions along with like-minded international organisations and individuals ‘Space to Fail’ will be outlined and interest taken from those gathered for future involvement.


Adam Hayward is originally from the UK, where he gained a masters in Performance Studies from Central School of Speech and Drama under Dr Susan Melrose. He then worked for the Centre for Performance Research alongside artistic directors Richard Gough and Judie Christie.
Adam Hayward moved to New Zealand in 2000 and spent 14 years (2002-2015) running a highly successful dance and performance festival (The Body Festival) as well as a myriad of other arts projects. He now runs his own production agency (Hyde Productions) which aims to work with artists of interest from wherever and whenever giving time to breathe to the creative process. Focusing on removing the pressure and barrier of time and space in the act of creation, product is not the intention or drive of Hyde Productions, rather attention is given to connections, networks sharing, context and ‘space to fail’.
Adam Hayward is also involved in the building of a new purpose built space for dance, performance and circus (Move) being built as part of the rebuild of Christchurch post-earthquake. He is the Arts Projects Manager for Papa Hou (a five space black box performance complex in the Christchurch YMCA) and also teaches event management at ARA institute.