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iD | Auckland Arts Festival

Cirque Eloize’s iD is an explosive – gone are the days of ringed arenas and big tops, sad animals and tinny music. This is circus at its most modern complete with international performers who excel in circus arts, hip hop and B-boying, in-line skating and bike work. Jeannot Painchaud is both president and co-founder of Cirque Eloize and under his…

Henry V

Henry V | Pop-up Globe

In recent times, Shakespeare’s classic military narrative Henry V has boasted all-female casts and female leads to great effect. However, in a return to Jacobean tradition, director Dr Miles Gregory invites all, irrespective of class or creed, to cheer for an English king and his ambition in the all-male war play. Written around 1599, this is a tale of a…

Street Dance NZ

Street Dance NZ | Hip Hop International NZ finals

If you thought hip hop dance was just for teenage boys wearing baggy jeans, oversized T-shirts and lots of bling, you should have been at Hip Hop International (HHI) New Zealand finals. Electric and entertaining, it was a packed evening of high energy performance with styles from classic b-boying, locking and popping to twerking, krumping and, of course, punking and…

Once there was a woman

Once There Was A Woman | Auckland Fringe

Beth Kayes is a compelling performer and her one-woman show, Once There Was A Woman, is a tribute narrative from a daughter to a mother. Originally developed for a four-strong cast, the Masters of Performance student from the University of Auckland was given the opportunity to make the work into a solo piece. With assistance from Dr Murray Edmond, Kayes…

'Dark Tourists' by Malia Johnston and Emma Willis Photo credit James Ensing Trussell.

Towards a NZ dramaturgy: A Maverick Undertaking in 2016

Playwright and dramaturge Gary Henderson points out that classic rugby analogies, although clichéd, work well because they’re specific to our culture, our country, and our people. Dramaturgy, he argues, is no different: “If you’re a rugby player you cannot break the rules, but what you can do is subvert the expected conventions,” he explains. “A brilliant rugby player is the…


Thirteen O’Clock: looking back at 2016

“The world to which we dedicated our slow and patient craft has undergone a sudden and startling temporal acceleration. The clocks, as Orwell put it, are striking thirteen, and we have to ask ourselves what a writer can usefully do in a world where it’s suddenly thirteen o’clock?” Chris Cleave posed this question at the inaugural National Writers Forum in…


Lalelei | Sau E Siva

Move over Juliet and what’s his name. There’s a love story from Samoa that has just as much legendary status as any other classic and this one’s right from our own neighbourhood. Sau E Siva bring us Lalelei: a contemporary classic that combines all the elements of tragedy, love, loss with a healthy dose of humour in an hour long…

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The Nutcracker | The Imperial Russian Ballet

Based on ET A Hoffman’s classic fairy tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company brings Tchaikovsky’s enduring score to life this season with a shimmering interpretation of the Christmas story. Featuring the choreography of Vasili Vaionen with revisions by Taranda, this version presents all the familiar charm of a timeless story with some startlingly superb…


Neil Ieremia | Artistic Director, Black Grace

Neil Ieremia is a hard man to pin down. Not least because he’s just become a father (again) but between choreographing his latest work, As Night Falls, he’s also collaborating with a dance company in Taiwan. “My daughter is only 15 weeks old,” he says, arriving at our interview flushed and out of breath. “I was supposed to have flown out…

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