03-02-2011 12:40 PM CET - Arts & Culture


Press release from: Xerxes Atlas
Jade Wood. Creator of Xerxes Atlas, the worlds first wikimusical.
Jade Wood. Creator of Xerxes Atlas, the worlds first wikimusical.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The Xerxes’ Atlas team in Auckland have today announced they’re ready for contributors to the world’s first Wikimusical.

Like the jet boat, the bungee jump, and even the humble pineapple lump; this is a true New Zealand invention. ‘Xerxes’ Atlas’, the world’s first wikimusical, aims to re-connect the theatre with young people through the power of the internet as a tool for collaboration.

The term 'wiki' - like 'open source' – usually refers to a website or free software designed for multiple people to collaborate by adding and editing content. For Xerxes’ Atlas this means anyone with internet access from around the world can contribute.

Chairwomen of the Xerxes’ Atlas Board, Bridget Marsh, said “declining theatre numbers, especially among younger generations, is a very real threat to the industry. We’re reaching out to a younger audience by developing a musical that connects with them through the internet and social media.”

Xerxes’ Atlas is about community and collaboration on a scale not seen in modern times in theatre,” said 28-year old creator and Board member Jade Wood. “It means anyone with internet access from around the world can contribute the music, lyrics and even choreography.”

“People can visit the website right now to read the song briefs and hear others’ contributions,” says Wood, “bringing together creative people from all around the world.”

Marsh is former Head of Performing and Screen Arts at UNITEC while entrepreneur Wood has a background in website development. Other members of the team include Business analyst Chad Carter and Lawyer and Documentary Edge Film Festival Organiser Alex Lee.

Information about Xerxes’ Atlas is accessible online. Read more on their website wikimusical.com or alternatively, follow them on Facebook and Twitter. F

We're starting the world's first wikimusical. That is, a collaboratively written musical that people all the world can submit their creativity to given the briefs. Once the work is complete, we release the work under a Creative Commons licence.

Xerxes' Atlas
PO Box 91613
Victoria St West
Auckland 1142

contact Jade Wood
ph. +64 9 889 0068

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