Sunday, March 05, 2017

Standing Room Only for 03/05/2017

Standing Room Only is literally radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment and music – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living.

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The Performance Arcade - Thinking Inside the Box

Are they crazy? This year organisers of Wellington's Performance Arcade are putting shipping containers on top of each other along the waterfront, to act as artist venues. The city's windy, and prone to tremors, and there's a shortage of containers this year, but that's where logistical thinkers like architect Alex Sawicka-Ritchie come in. Lynn Freeman talks to Alex, a key member of the team behind the free arts festival which attracts more than 40-thousand visitors a year. The Performance Arcade starts on the Wellington Waterfront this Friday.
Mar 05, 2017 02:52 pm

Photographer Martyn Roberts' Wounds of Love

These days when we see bruises - especially on children and women - the first thought might be suspicion they've been abused. Bruises, cuts and gashes - both real and artiticial - feature in the latest work by Dunedin photographer Martyn Roberts. He's created a body of 'wound' work for the Dunedin Fringe festival, called Bright Chrysalis, with the help of make up artist Zoe Armstrong. Lynn Freeman asked Martyn and Zoe where the idea for photographing injuries came from: Bright Chrysalis opens on the 10th of March at Mint Gallery in Dunedin, as part of the city's Fringe Festival.
Mar 05, 2017 02:44 pm

Sorcha Cusack - part of a theatrical dynasty

Great Britain has many famous acting dynasties - the Redgraves, the Foxes, the Wests and the Cusacks. Actors Cyril and Maureen Cusack had three daughters - Sinéad, Sorcha and Niamh all of them respected actresses on stage and screen, and married to actors. They performed in Chekhov's Three Sisters in Dublin in 1990, with Cyril appearing as the Doctor. These days Sorcha is best known in the TV series Father Brown, playing the priest-turned detective's opinionated and interfering Irish parish secretary. The long running BBC series is based on a character created by G K Chesterton. Lynn Freeman asked Sorcha what keeps attracting her to the role - the fifth series starts this week on UKTV.
Mar 05, 2017 02:26 pm

Sioux-Tongan artist and musician Juliana Brown Eyes-Kaho

Juliana Brown Eyes-Kaho has an unusual background - she's Sioux-Tongan. She's also a photographer, an artist, a musician and an activist. Juliana was one of the first to protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, planned to run almost 2-thousand kilometres from Iowa to North Dakota. Her aunt's land is being dug up as part of the 4-billion dollar crude oil pipeline. The protesters managed to get the project suspended last year, but this month, with President Donald Trump's backing, things are back in motion. Right now she's far from the protest action - she's in Auckland on the Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust 2017 Artist Residency. Lynn Freeman asks about her whakapapa and what's happening at her home.
Mar 05, 2017 01:42 pm

The Central finally arrives at Christchurch's Arts Centre

It's been a long, long wait but Christchurch's Arts Centre finally has a contemporary art gallery space again - and it's just opened. It's the latest 'reveal' in the Arts Centre post-earthquake rebuild. The new gallery's called The Central and is housed in the original Canterbury College Library. Four Christchurch families and gallerist Jonathan Smart have made it happen and artists including local sculptor Neil Dawson, photographer Peter Peryer, glitter specialist Reuben Patterson and painter Dick Frizzell are in the mix for the opening group show. There are some new names there too. Lynn Freeman speaks to The Central's Jonathan Smart and Ngai Tahu artist Lonnie Hutchinson who has work in the opening show.
Mar 05, 2017 01:34 pm

The Canterbury Earthquake Memorial

When the new Canterbury Earthquake Memorial was revealed last month, something unusual happened for a work of public art. It was universally appreciated! Christchurch filmmaker Rick Harvie has documented the two year long project from seeking submissions though to the official ceremony. Rick tells Lynn Freeman he's about to put his now finished documentary, including footage of the ceremony and feedback from a range of people, online.
Mar 05, 2017 12:43 pm

The Maoriland Film Festival

There are the famous A-List Festivals of Europe - Cannes, Berlin and Venice. There's the equally prestigious Sundance Festival of Utah, the champion of smaller, independent films. Now there's growing interest in "indigenous" films - and, as Simon Morris discovered, their festival is surprisingly close to home. March 15 sees the fourth annual Maoriland Film Festival, showing in the "Los Angeles of the South Pacific", Otaki. Incidentally, that's not a cheap crack - the original Maoriland Film Company launched itself early last century with that as a by-line! Today's Maoriland Festival is an ambitious attempt to encourage and focus on, not just young Maori talent, but indigenous film-makers around the world. It's the brain-child of film-maker Libby Hakaraia, and runs from March 15-19.
Mar 05, 2017 12:16 pm

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