REVIEW: This Fragile Planet (Auckland Fringe)

February 28, 2020
[We Are our Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams] Billed as a dance theatre work of ‘artivism’, This Fragile Planet is a beautiful dance theatre work that combines storytelling, dance and poetry to explore the complex relationship between humanity and our natural environment. A collaboration between The New Zealand Dance Company (Artistic Director Shona McCullagh), The Conch (Directors Nina Nawalowalo and Tom McCrory), […]

REVIEW: The White Guitar (The Conch)

July 7, 2016
[How many shows you know roll like this?  Not Many] It was great sitting down this evening with a much more representative cross section of New Zealanders in the audience than we often see at the theatre.  The diehard theatregoers that had heard good things about the show were there, alongside the supportive extended Luafutu family and Samoan contingent.  In addition […]

REVIEW: Marama (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 4, 2016
[In Praise of Shadows] In his famous essay on aesthetics, In Praise of Shadows, Japanese author Junichiro Tanizaki questions the traditional Western ideal of preferring the beauty of light over darkness, stating that the former can’t exist without the latter: “The quality that we call beauty, however, must always grow from the realities of life, and our ancestors, forced to […]