REVIEW: Carmen with L’Arlésienne (Royal New Zealand Ballet)

March 31, 2017
[Power of Petit] Royal New Zealand Ballet Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia has a personal reason for bringing Roland Petit’s work to New Zealand – he danced two key roles early in his own career under the ‘Maestro’. Petit’s work is a treat for Kiwi audiences, and a first for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Roland Petit (1924-2011) was a masterful […]

REVIEW: Macbeth (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 12, 2015
Viva Verdi? [by Matt Baker] Playwright, designer, and director Brett Bailey has made a career in avant-garde theatre, and while I have a desire to engage with more of his productions, it is based more on reading about his other works rather than witnessing his adaptation of Verdi’s Macbeth. The concept of Congolese refugees recreating Verdi’s production based on the coming […]

COMPETITION: How well do you know your Musical Concert stars? (Win tickets to Patinkin & Gunn)

November 12, 2013
An evening with Mandy Patinkin and Nathan Gunn… and you?  [by James Wenley] You probably know Mandy Patinkin, current star of Homeland, and Inigo “You killed my father” Montoya in cult hit The Princess Bride (which incidentally has just been announced is being turned into a stage musical!). True Musical Theatre fans will know that Mandy is a phenomenal Broadway performer […]

NEWS: War Horse in Auckland

November 21, 2012
Charge!!! – National Theatre’s War Horse coming to Auckland in 2013 [by James Wenley] UPDATE 7 May 2013: Poor Joey! War Horse is no longer coming to Auckland on its Australasian tour. Producers have blamed the cancellation of the August Season on ” high costs, a competitive market, sluggish ticket sales and even a long summer.” The citing of  a “competitive […]

REVIEW: Rigoletto (NBR NZ Opera)

June 9, 2012
Decadence, drama and death [by Sharu Delilkan] As I walked into the newly renovated ASB Theatre at the Aotea Centre it was impossible not to notice that the carpets had been replaced by the bright parquet flooring and new seats. The light and airy feel gave the theatre the added bit of cheer, which was much needed on an otherwise […]

New Performance Wrap-up: Show Pony, Providence and Wake Less

February 26, 2012
You want us to do what? [by James Wenley] Show Pony asks you to get naked. Providence asks for a pash. And Wake Less asks you to dinner… among other things.   Three shows where the normal ‘rules’ don’t apply. Three shows where the audience is an important part of the performance. Three shows that made up for one intense, […]

REVIEW: Dance like a Butterfly Dream Boy (New Performance Festival)

February 23, 2012
Testosterone Overload [by James Wenley] The roof of the Aotea Centre has to be one of the coolest places in Auckland to do a show. Overlooked by the large old  Council building, imbued with the colour of street lights, and soundtracked with street noise, sirens and the odd sound of a seagull, it has the type of atmosphere that you […]

REVIEW: Be | Longing: A Verbatim Play (New Performance Festival)

February 23, 2012
Stories from the Source [by James Wenley] New Zealand, famously, is a land of immigrants. Waves of migration over the country’s history have created a rich fabric of cultures, as well as perhaps an uncertain ‘kiwi’ cultural identity. What is it about New Zealand that makes it unique, and what is this discovery like for new arrivals? How do they […]

REVIEW: 2 Dimensional Life of Her (New Performance Festival)

February 19, 2012
New Performance, New Dimensions [by James Wenley] Well the New Performance Festival has sprung up within the little-seen bowels of the Aotea Centre. A pop-up (and very cool) festival club is the gateway to a host of shows that, at the very least, will leave you plenty to talk about after. And it was 2 Dimensional Life of Her that […]

REVIEW: Ghosting Part 2 – Cabaret (New Performance Festival)

February 18, 2012
A Ghost in the Machine [by Sharu Delilkan] True to form Sean Curham‘s work at the New Performance Festival, Ghosting Part 2 – Cabaret, is nothing short of unexpected. The minute we walked down into the bowels of Aotea Centre we are greeted by Curham’s set, which felt more like we’d walked in on someone in rehearsal. And as people […]
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