Monday, February 19, 2018

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This week's stories

The art of the Berlin underground railway

Berlin's underground train network will be where Serbian/New Zealand artist Biljana Popovic will be spending much of her time as Creative New Zealand's Artist in Residence in the German capital this year. Biljana is an artist and spatial designer and the U-Bahn is a space she finds fascinating.
Feb 18, 2018 02:50 pm

Novelist Stephanie Parkyn's wild colonial adventure

Expat Kiwi writer Stephanie Parkyn's new novel Into the world is so exotic it can only be based on real life! It's the story of a Frenchwoman who disguised herself as a man to escape the French Revolution, and ended up on a rescue mission in the Great Southern Ocean. Marie-Louise is a steward on board one of two ships searching for a missing explorer.
Feb 18, 2018 02:35 pm

From a stately home to Auckland's Splore Festival

A genuine English aristocrat who literally ran away to join the circus, these days has her feet firmly on the ground running arts festivals in New Zealand. Lady Emma Vickers is the Performance Director at the Splore Festival - the annual, boutique music and arts festival held at Auckland's Takapuna Regional Park since 1998.
Feb 18, 2018 02:25 pm

BodyCartography Project - still crazy after 20 years!

One of New Zealand's most experimental dance companies, BodyCartography Project, is marking its 20th year with four ambitious works, one of them 13 hours long. The dancers are making history at Te Papa Tongarewa, creating the first dance work the museum's ever commissioned for its permanent collection. BodyCartography's connection with Te Papa goes right back to its opening, where they danced in, around and above the building!
Feb 18, 2018 01:47 pm

Nisha Madhan is aggressively anti stereotypes!

Auckland actor, writer,director and producer Nisha Madhan has had two things on her mind recently.- to challenge the stereotype of an Indian Kiwi and to perfect the ultimate onstage death! It's part of the research that's going into her new autobiographical play.
Feb 18, 2018 01:33 pm

Our first Oscar contender - 1955's Snows of Aorangi

It was the first New Zealand film to be nominated for an Academy Award - up against the likes of Walt Disney, no less. The short feature Snows of Aorangi directed by photographer by Brian Brake was part tourism film, part travelogue, part lyrical ode to New Zealand by poet James K Baxter.
Feb 18, 2018 12:48 pm

What's missing with the end of the video store?

The old video and DVD store is going the way of the the village blacksmith - with one or two niche exceptions. But in an age of web-based streaming are we losing something - or more to the point are our film-makers losing a shop window for their wares. Documentary maker Costa Botes thinks so.
Feb 18, 2018 12:32 pm

20 years of Te Papa

Te Papa - Our Place - has had a chequered career since it opened on Wellington's waterfront 20 years ago. The idea of merging our national museum and art gallery collections into one purpose-built site was both bold and heavily criticized. The deliberately "abstract" design for Te Papa had its passionate fans, and foes.
Feb 18, 2018 12:17 pm

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Auckland Arts Festival




Four years ago Hone Kouka’s mother laid down a challenge to her playwright son: “She said to me, 'We're hurting our babies, you gotta do something about this'.”
Already an award-winning production, with Hone picking up the 2015 Adam NZ Play Award, and featuring an all-star New Zealand cast, Bless The Child is an edge-of-seat urban thriller and unflinching social commentary.



Five projects feature in the 2018 Whānui programme with activities taking place with communities across Auckland themed around inter-generational collaboration.
Projects include a sculpture installation, an outdoor mural preserving the stories of yesterday, documentary theatre exploring the process of ageing through the eyes of young people, a performance highlighting traditional Sāmoan oratory customs and contemporary hip hop lyricism, and four days of “artivism” in response to the impact of housing redevelopment in Tāmaki.


New Zealand's favourite science superhero Nanogirl (played by real life nanotechnologist Dr Michelle Dickinson) and her trusty lab assistant Boris are back for ONE SHOW ONLY: Nanogirl vs The Elements on Sat 3 March.
Hold onto your seats and get ready for an explosive adventure of huge adrenaline filled experiments demonstrating the power of science like you've never seen before! Nanogirl vs The Elements is presented by thinkScience and sponsored by The University of Auckland.


Not just a superb dance work, Akram Khan’s Giselle, features an “ominous, gothic” score (The Observer) using hybrid electronics and a full orchestra.
Composer Vincenzo Lamagna talks about adapting Adolphe Adam’s original score for this new production. Performed live in Auckland by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra under English National Ballet Music Director Gavin Sutherland. Coming direct to Auckland Arts Festival from London, this is a once-in-a lifetime chance to see this monumental production.


We're pulling out all the stops to cater for people with access needs with performances for people who are blind or have low vision, Deaf or hard of hearing, or those with an Autism Spectrum Conditor, sensory and communication disorders or a learning difficulty. A special ticket price of $20 each applies for patrons with access needs and one companion.  

BEHIND THE SCENES: Rehearsals start for Tea

In the misty tea estates of Ceylon in 1890, two half-brothers, Ravi, a tea plantation worker, and Bala, an office clerk  have different outlooks on the future ... rehearsals for Ahi Karunaharan's sweeping saga Tea began this week in Auckland. Weaving a tale of legacies, prophecies and love, the play has its world premiere season at Q Theatre 9-18 March.