INDEPENDENT NEWS

Ihi FrENZy - New Phase In NZ Performing Arts

Published: Thu 2 Aug 2001 02:28 PM
Success Of "Ihi FrENZy" Marks An Important New Phase In New Zealand Performing Arts
Ihi FrENZy was a fantastic example of collaboration between two of New Zealand's top performing arts companies, says Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Judith Tizard.
"The success of the collaboration between the Royal New Zealand Ballet and national kapa haka champions Te Matarae I Orehu can be measured by the excellent news that the show sold over 40% more tickets than the Ballet's initial projections," says Judith Tizard.
31,000 people attended 26 performances around the country during The Meridian Energy Season of Ihi FrENZy in June and July, with sold-out performances in Wellington, Napier, Hamilton, Rotorua and Christchurch.
"In Rotorua and Christchurch, Ihi FrENZy was so popular that extra shows had to be scheduled to cope with the demand. The Ballet told me that their schedule is so tight it's usually impossible to plan extra performances.
"The response from New Zealanders to Ihi FrENZy shows that there is an interest in and a thirst for collaborative works," says Judith Tizard.
"With the stunning combination of two top performance companies and their respective choreographers, the design work of Tracey Grant and John Rayment, the music of Split Enz, and a nod to the late Colin McCahon, I feel that Ihi FrENZy marks the beginning of an important new phase in New Zealand culture.
"It has been a great year for the Royal NZ Ballet with an excellent annual report, a healthy operating profit and most recently this extremely successful FrENZy tour. I would like to congratulate the company on its accomplishment.
"I would also like to congratulate Te Matarae I Orehu on the ecstatic response their performances of Ihi received around the country. Sold-out shows in the company's home-town of Rotorua are a huge compliment to their artistry and professionalism."
Ends

Next in New Zealand politics

Freshwater package backed by comprehensive economic analysis
By: New Zealand Government
Todd Muller announces shape of next Government
By: New Zealand National Party
Timeline For Moving To Level 1 Needed
By: Business New Zealand
On National’s Day Of Reckoning
By: Gordon Campbell
Jobs budget to get economy moving again
By: New Zealand Government
Law Setting Up Legal Framework For Covid-19 Alert Level 2 Passes
By: New Zealand Government
PMs Jacinda Ardern & Scott Morrison Announce Plans For Trans-Tasman COVID-safe Travel Zone
By: New Zealand Government
Support For Arts And Music Sector Recovery
By: New Zealand Government
New Zealand Joins Global Search For COVID-19 Vaccine
By: New Zealand Government
Green Party Unveils Its Candidate List For The 2020 Election
By: Green Party
NZ COVID Tracer App Released To Support Contact Tracing
By: Ministry of Health
Deep Concern At Hong Kong National Security Legislation
By: New Zealand Government
Strongest Ever Water Reforms Mean Swimmable Rivers Within A Generation
By: Green Party
Importance Of Horticulture Recognised In Government’s Freshwater Decisions
By: Horticulture NZ
Nitrogen Fertiliser Poisoning Of Rivers To Face Cap, Says Greenpeace
By: Greenpeace
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media