Monday, June 05, 2017

Standing Room Only - Arts stories for 06/04/2017

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Standing Room Only for 06/04/2017

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It's not news that arts coverage is having a hard time holding its place in the mainstream media but there's plenty of room online. Websites The Spinoff and The Pantograph Punch are two local examples with very different takes on how to talk about art. Justin Gregory invited the Spinoff's Duncan Grieve and Janet McAllister from the Pantograph Punch in to chat.
Jun 04, 2017 02:40 pm

Heloise d’Argenteuil - old questions, new answers?

What on earth can you do when you're young, brilliant, ambitious - and female - in medieval France? That's the dilemma facing the heroine of Mandy Hager's new Novel, Heloise. Based on new research into the life of Heloise d'Argenteuil, famed lover of 12th century French philosopher Peter Abelard, this is a new take on a well-known story with very modern questions at it heart.
Jun 04, 2017 02:25 pm

Musicians of Aotearoa

If you were out and about during New Zealand music month, you might have seen some familiar faces on billboards. Musicians of Aotearoa is a series of portraits made into posters of some of our best but maybe not best known musicians. Photographer Hayley Theyers went to the homes and studios of musicians like Bill Direen, Peter Gutteridge, George Henderson and Chris Knox to shoot them for the posters. She's a massive music fan and we thought we'd invite her in to talk about the portraits and listen to some of her favourite songs.
Jun 04, 2017 01:40 pm

Matariki - the star of the year.

Recognition of Matariki is on the rise and along with it, a new appreciation of Maori astronomical knowledge. Te Kokau Himiona Te Pikikotuku of Ruatahuna began to compile a 400-page manuscript on Maori Astronomy with his son Rawiri in 1898 which Rawiri Te Kokau completed in 1933. On his deathbed, Rawiri Te Kokau handed this book to his grandson Timi Rawiri, and in 1995 this book was then gifted to Timi's grandson Waikato University lecturer Dr. Rangi Matamua. After years of studying this manuscript and research into Maori astronomy, Dr Rangi Matamua has brought this manuscript to life in his new book Matariki - the star of the year. But major misunderstandings of what - and when - Matariki is are still common. Dr Rangi Matamua talks to Justin Gregory to try and clear some of these up.
Jun 04, 2017 01:10 pm

Lick My Past

Dancers Kelly Nash and Nancy Wijohn have worked for some of our best choreographers but now they've taken the leap and made their own show. Lick My Past opens this week at the Kia Mau Festival in Wellington. It celebrates relationships between women and reflects the couple's need to not take themselves too seriously. Especially given that, in their words, their careers are now 'a matter of choice." Justin Gregory asks them if this meant they are retiring. Kelly puts him right. The Standing Room Only team done the hard work for you and picked some of the highlights of the Kai Mau Festival.
Jun 04, 2017 12:50 pm

Pacific Bodies

Right now the Auckland Art Gallery is promising an encounter with "the human form in all its complexity". The Body Laid Bare is a major exhibition of nude masterpieces from the collection of the Tate Gallery in London. It's on in Auckland until the middle of next month and is a stupendous collection. But all complexities? No. So the gallery and the British Council have commissioned five Pasifika artists to create video responses to the collection. The first video, by artist Rosanna Raymond, is online and has already been viewed more than 30,000 times. Justin Gregory asks Rosanna, who is in New York on a Fellowship, if she was expecting such a big reaction.
Jun 04, 2017 12:40 pm

The Rich and Vibrant True Stories of New Zealand Women

Auckland's Red Leap Theatre have built a formidable reputation for excellent physical theatre - and for devising their stories in the rehearsal room. Their new show, Kororareka - the Ballad of Maggie Flynn, promises to be just as physical. But to tell this tale of adventure and danger in 19th century Northland, they've added a new element - a script, written by Paolo Rotondo: Justin Gregory went to Red Leap's rehearsal space in West Auckland to ask director Julie Nolan why the change to the written word.
Jun 04, 2017 12:25 pm


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