Scoop Full Coverage: Arts Festival 2010

Published: Tue 9 Feb 2010 02:05 PM
New Zealand International Arts Festival 2010
Fringe 2010
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New Zealand International Arts Festival for news and full event listings
26 Feb to 21 Mar
Latest:Dominic Groom - Simon O'Neill: Wagner Gala

Ali Little on: Ship Songs
Ship Songs tells three tales of the sea, the stories of three characters separated by hundreds of years and thousands of miles, but all yearning for . . . something more. It has a very large cast... all written and performed by New Zealand actor Ian Hughes. More>>
ALSO:Lorraine Ward - 13 Most Beautiful

Tyler Hersey on: Djan Djan
Synthesizing the musical traditions of three continents and countless centuries, the players of Djan Djan weave exotic melody and loping rhythm into a palette of sound and texture which binds the humid air of India with that of the Mississippi Delta, while conjuring visions of African savannah tickled by the first seasonal rains. More>>

Katie MacKinnon on: Inside Out
Inside Out from Cirkus Cirkor was an enthralling performance from the moment the audience entered the theatre... The show started with a bang and so it was all the way to the finale. More>>
ALSO:Nick van Dijk - YellowjacketsLyndon Hood - Echoa

Scoop Images: Mimetic Brotherhood by Peter Trevelyan, Outside Te Papa

Richard Thomson on: Mary Stuart
Friedrich Schiller's reputation as one of the great European playwrights is, on the basis of this adaptation by David Harrower, well deserved. More>>
ALSO:Lyndon Hood - Apollo 13: Mission Control

Ali Little on: Dancing On Your Grave
In Dancing on Your Grave a small band of unhappily dead vaudeville performers are trapped in purgatory, which for this troupe is a starkly lit three metre square stage. The show is a stylish mix of cheerfully morbid toe-tapping music and deliciously precise dancing. More>>

Richard Thompson on: Sound Of Silence
A stocky woman dressed in a scarf, blue frock, brown socks and sturdy shoes pulls off the top of a large glass jar and out comes . . . Simon and Garfunkel: Here's to you, Mrs Robinson. This is Latvia, circa 1968. More>>
ALSO:Tyler Hersey - Mahler Symphony No 8Lyndon Hood - SutraTV3 Video - Reach enlightenment with the kung fu monksNZ Herald Out-Link - NZ Arts Festival: MTYland reviewMTYland preview - Fringe Review: Footnote Perforum
Scoop Images: Transports Exceptionels - Arts Fest Kicks Off With Dance Of Man/Vehicle Love
A sunny evening brought out a large crowd for the first free event of the Festival of the Arts – an outdoor dance duet between a man and a digger; a mixture of dance, danger, technology and moments of rather improbable emotion. More >>
ALSO:NZ International Arts Festival - Free Events Galore at the NZIAF 2010NZ International Arts Festival - Programme AnnouncementTV3 Video - International Arts Festival opens in Wellington - Reach enlightenment with the kung fu monks - Arts Festival opensMahler Video Simulcast Radio NZ - Mahler’s Eighth Symphony to kick-off NZ Arts Fest

Arts Fest's Coming: Shapeshifter Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Senses will again be challenged and perspectives shifted at Banks Shoes shapeshifter, one of New Zealand’s premier sculpture exhibitions. More>>
ALSO:Hutt City Council - Little Bushman and friends set for sonic journey

Arts Festival: New Venue Required For Richard Dawkins' Talk
More tickets will go on sale tomorrow for a talk by controversial evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins’ at this year’s New Zealand Post Writers and Readers Week, part of the New Zealand International Arts Festival. Tickets sold out within weeks of going on sale in November.More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Searching The Shelves With Laura Kroetsch
- Laura Kroetsch picks out the best books to read in preparation for the New Zealand Post Writers and Readers Week in March. One of the odd preoccupations of my life has been an overwhelming desire to have those around me read what I’m reading. More>>ALSO:Creative NZ - Overseas Interest in NZ Lit Continues to GrowWhales, Time Travel in Writers and Readers Week
Rufus Wainwright Tour Of Australia & NZ Cancelled
It is with deep regret that Chugg Entertainment and Gaynor Crawford Presents today announced that Rufus Wainwright’s upcoming tour will be cancelled due to an illness in the family, but the artist has confirmed that he will return to tour Australia and New Zealand before the end of the year. More>>
Special Bonus Acts: Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra & St. Vincent
The New Zealand International Arts Festival has announced two new acts for its 2010 line up at the Pacific Blue Festival Club - the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra from Brooklyn, New York and award winning indie singer-songwriter St. Vincent. Tickets ... More>>
ALSO:The Man in Black: The Johnny Cash Story
Arts Festival Press Releases:Shapeshifter outdoor sculpture exhibitionWhales, Time Travel in Writers and Readers WeekSchoolFest offers access to international artistsPress Kit: 2010 NZ International Arts FestivalDance Work for Young and OldOrchestra Breaks Baroque Music Out of the Box13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Warhol’s Screen TestFour Superstar Jazz Women Salute Nina SimoneNew Zealand at Last for Baroque Pop StarShaun Tan’s Book Arrives On Stage at NZIAFA Play Without Words Set Behind The Iron CurtainGalloping Irish Comedy Heading To The NZIAFPowerhouse Play from Theatre Company TR WarszawaIconoclastic Director Debuts His Latest Play In NZHigh flying Swedish CircusA Journey through Faith and Imaginationthe World with the ‘Symphony of a Thousand’New Dance Programme Defies BordersStudents Get Unparalleled Access to NZIAFSpecial Programme for Kids at the NZIAFClassical Music Premieres at the NZIAFExtensive Visual Arts Programme in NZIAFRESTAGE to Support New Zealand PerformanceFree Events Galore at the NZIAF 2010The Festival within the FestivalNew NZIAF Nightclub on the Wellington WaterfrontNZIAF 2010 Programme to the Wellington RegionWorld Premieres for New Zealand Music and TheatreNZ International Arts Festival Announces Programme2010 New Zealand International Arts Festival
Fringe for news and full event listings
12 Feb to 6 Mar

Fringe Review: Ben Hur - The Epic!
This show tickled my funny bone bigtime and joyfully delivered on its simple promise - 3 men presenting Ben Hur on a tiny stage in just 70min. More>>
ALSO:The Fringe Bar - Raw meat mondays-heat 1

Anna Sutherland on: Crimson Club
“Take me down to Paekakariki, where the grass is green and the boys are pretty!” Three women in red velvet dresses, playing an accordion, a violin, and a cello, and rocking out to Guns 'n' Roses – that was the encore number of Crimson Club’s Muritai School performance. More>>
ALSO:Kerry Tankard - Fringe Review (II): Crimson Club

Fringe Review: Sometimes I Don’t Like Yellow
The premise of the play is: what happens when the CEO of a pineapple company makes a mistake in peddling mysteriously addictive red pineapple? Confusingly, the play doesn’t really deliver on the answer to this question. More>>
Coming at LAST WEEK OF THE FRINGE:Ben Hur - Circus Festival - Pink Lighter - Sunday Roast - Garry Trotter & The Philosopher’s Whatchamacallit - Alfonsina - Crimson Club - Haimona - Ruby Tuesday - Angel - Sun Dance - Departure LoungeScoop Full Coverage - Arts Festival 2010

Fringe Review: L Is For Love, Love Is For Losers
L is for Love, Love is for Losers is a delightful, hour-long addition to the Fringe Festival’s comedy programme. The music is great. The jokes are funny. Plus Gabriel Page is a pleasure to watch and has a great voice to boot! More>>
At the Fringe 26 Feb – 1 Mar:A Love Tail Alter + Ego And Nothing Stirred Bogan Bingo Chit Chat Lounge Home How to be a Domestic Goddess Inside Out L is for Love... Laugh Experiences Medea Songs Memoirs Of Pinafores And Panty Hose Nag Paul Forrest Runtime Salon Sometimes I Don’t Like Yellow Symphonic Sights 2010: A Sexual Odyssey The Immortals Thricely? Precisely. A Pocket Full Of Pips. Twenty Three Pieces Vincents Art Workshop Wannabe Who’s Neat? You! Bazaar Intentions Galaxia Mt Victoria Festival No Idea Runtime The Crimson Club Urban Holiday Micetro Hutt City Music in Parks Comedy Unplugged De Inst da Data Pink Lighter Storytime for the Hungry Sunday Roast

Acbrobatty: The Circus Is Coming To Town!
Over the next week Wellington's Waitangi Park will be taken over by acrobats, clowns and daredevil horse riders. The Wellington Festival of Circus will run from the 3rd to the 9th of March with shows designed to thrill and awe audiences of all ages – showcasing the best of kiwi and international talent. More>>
ALSO:Mt Victoria Inner City Festival - It's on TOMORROW (Sat 27)

Untrimmed Fringe: Women's Mag Show Uncancelled
On 26th and 27th of February show will happen!!! At 5pm, The Fringe Bar, Cnr Cuba and Vivian Street. Discover the strangely twisted tales that lurk behind the gossip magazine headlines as topics familiar and curvy evolve onstage with an improv take. More>>
ALSO:Also coming up at the Fringe:
A Love Tail - Irrepressible Urge - Medea Songs
The Princess and the Many Quilts - Wannabe
L is for Love, Love is for Losers - The One Night Stands: In the Mood
Memoirs Of Pinafores And Panty Hose - Laugh Experiences

Fringe Review: Gods And Heroes
The Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT) presented a show based on a great concept at BATS Theatre on Sunday night. It had flashes of brilliance, and some less watchable moments, too. More>>
ALSO:Anna Sutherland - Fringe Review: MicetroAlison Little - Fringe Review: Comedy Unplugged

Fringe Review: Undergrowth
They have chairs strapped to their backs. Why do they have chairs strapped to their backs? One answer might be that, if they had been dressed only in the overalls and t-shirts that were the rest of their costume, their appearance would have been out of kilter with the rest of this arrestingly strange production. More>>
ALSO:Lyndon Hood - Fringe Review: Buffoon's Birthday

Fringe Review: The Comediettes - Better Living
Comedians Sarah Harpur and Jim Stanton gild their well-paced two-woman standup show with the trappings of crazed 1950s housewives, complete with cheerful aprons and diazepam-bright smiles ... More>>
ALSO:Brenton Hodgson - Joker's Guide to ArmageddonRory MacKinnon - Fringe Review: Footnote Perforum

At The Fringe 19/02 to 22/02: Women's Mag Show Cancelled Due To Ankle-Deep Water
No Idea's venue, the Band Rotunda, has been closed by the Council for urgent flood-related renovations. Sadly this happened too late in the day for another venue to be arranged, so the scheduled shows are cancelled. Darn it. More>>
ALSO:Opening This Weekend:
Bogan Bingo - For Real - Buffoon's Birthday
Salon - Undergrowth - Gods & HeroesStill On:
The Immortals - Who's Net? You! - Aphelion
Back/Words - 'The Comediettes: Better Living!
Joker's Guide To Armageddon - Micetro
Chit Chat Lounge - Measure for Measure
Cookie Baker's 'Tealight Parade' - Nag
Thricely? Precisely. A Pocket Full Of Pips.Out-Link - Gods and Heroes: Gods BlogAnd More Shows Still On Scoop Full Coverage - Arts Festival 2010

Fringe Review: Measure For Measure
Revolving around the sexual exploits of its characters, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is unquestionably a bawdy play. The Butterfly Creek Theatre Troupe seemed to relish this as they entertained the full house at Muritai School in Eastbourne. More>>

Fringe Reviews: Fractur
The show begins with creator and director Vanja Draganic addressing the audience, explaining her reasons for wanting to recreate the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment. More>> ALSO:Melissa McDonald - Review: Tango and Salsa Masquerade Ball Also on Friday - Monday:Improvathon - Pirates vs Ninjas - What’s In A Man?
Raybon Kan: Vegetable Of The Arts
Goldilocks And The Three Queers
The Immortals - Brewing
Rappin' on the Fringe - FRACtur
Tango Masquerade Ball & Carnival
Vincents Art Workshop Silver Jubilee
Micetro - Jangle - Comedy Unplugged

Scoop Images: The Running Of The Fringe 2010
The Wellington Fringe Festival’s anarchic opening ceremony saw Cuba Street teeming with silver statues, cows on bicycles, superheroes and what appeared to be an intergalactic KISS covers band. Scoop was there for the photo finish. More>>
ALSO:Fringe Festival - 'Running of the Fringe' to fire up FringeFringe Festival - All fired up for the Fringe Fest 2010

Fringe Starts Early: One For The Boys
What’s in a Man is NOT “The Penis Monologues”, but it is a fringe-tastic comedic, character-based romp through the real ‘man’ experience in all its nut-punching, swearing, macho, confused, silly glory! More>>
ALSO:The Fringe Bar - NZ Fringe Festival begins prematurely!Pirates Vs Ninjas: Which One Would You Choose?Raybon Kan: Vegetable Of The ArtsThe Immortals Typifies The “Fringe Spirit”Goldilocks And The Three Queers
Fringe Events & Novelties:'Running of the Fringe' to fire up FringeFringe on Fire: festival launches 20th programmeFringe Festival Presents Chit Chat LoungeCraft2.0 - TheNewDowseMount Victoria Inner City FestivalStorytime for the HungryTwenty Three PiecesWild West Electric Rodeo and Grand Ol’ OpryIn Reverse
ComedyBen Hur: "Romans And Chariots And Lepers!'The Comediettes' Present Better Living!Bogan Bingo: Bingo With BallsMicetroRaybon Kan: Vegetable Of The ArtsWhat’s In A Man?Garry Trotter & The Philosopher’s WhatchamacallitImprovathon Improv Till You Drop...Joker's Guide To ArmageddonLove Lost: Page Cannot Be DisplayedLaugh Experiences: The Experience Of A Laugh TimeGods & Heroes Relocated To Mt Victoria By The UN!No IdeaWho’s Neat? You!:Theatre In A Ten-Tonne Truck
DanceFootnote Dance Presents: PerforumHow to be a Domestic Goddess – La Revue de CuisineTango Masquerade Ball & CarnivalThricely? Precisely. A Pocket Full Of Pips.
MusicAphelion: Nervous Doll Dancing To Dance In NZDeparture Lounge Hits The FringeGalaxiaHome: One Thread In The Story Of A NationRappin' on the FringeCookie Baker's 'Tealight Parade'The Crimson Club's Whirlwind Worldwide Wellington TourThe One Night Stands: In the Mood
TheatreAlfonsinaA Love TailAngel turns suicide bomber!Back/WordsBrewing: Do you know what your children are up to?‘For Real’: A Teen’s Mind Is Chaotic And Powerful.FRACturPremiere Season Of Buffoon's BirthdayHaimonaInside OutIrrepressible UrgeJangle: “Buddha On A Bender”Measure for MeasureMedea SongsMemoirs Of Pinafores And Panty HosePink LighterRuby TuesdaySALONSometimes I Don’t Like YellowGrimy Teen Romance: Sun DanceSunday RoastThe Black Hole Menagerie “2010: A Sexual Odyssey”Kristin Herman & Peter Willis present UndergrowthWannbe: Boy Bands Are Back…Alright!The Immortals Typifies The “Fringe Spirit”Pirates Vs Ninjas: Which One Would You Choose?Goldilocks And The Three QueersGrimy teen romance swims from Manila to Wellington
Visual ArtsThe Princess and the Many QuiltsAlter + Ego: a Mobile Visual Arts ExhibitionAnd Nothing StirredBazaar IntentionsAfterburner presents: NagPaul Forrest – Artist Residency and ExhibitionRuntimeSymphonic SightsVincents Art Workshop celebrates Silver Jubilee
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