Footnote Dance Company – Contrast

25 October, Blyth Centre The Blyth Performing Arts Centre – a Scandi-style, ergonomic, curtainless behemoth of blonde wood panelling, concrete and metal that oozes class and resource – is the perfect setting for Footnote’s double bill. The show is the product of the company’s crowd funded field trip to the other side of the world…

Mixtape Dance Show

1 October, Blyth Performing Arts Centre Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2017 Our ever-arching physical nature determines our daily ways of being and social diversity, and from Trip the Light Dance Collective’s first gesture there was an immediate embodiment of what is achieved through a sustained mastery of physicality and an integrated understanding of identity. This…

The Creamery

29 September 2017, Spiegeltent, Havelock North Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival Oh, I love the Spiegeltent! Mirrors and the sumptuous red, inverted poof of the cushioned ceiling. I am smiling from the get-go and want to revel and gaze but quickly find myself beguiled by a maiden simply clad in cream cheesecloth pantaloons and double-yoked blouse…

Cheese

27 September 2017, Spiegeltent, Havelock North Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival The Spiegeltent is full of excited chatter as 250 school kids acclimatise to, what is for many, their first introduction to the Arts Festival. They turn in their seats, the better to see the 360-degree spectacle of mirrors, lights, sparkle and red velvet. The vaudeville-style…

Back of the Bus

26 September 2017, departing from MTG bus stop Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival Java Dance Theatre have returned to this year’s festive by popular demand. It’s easy to see why. Close-quarter dance theatre, with the audience contained on a moving bus and a few scheduled stops to intrigue, couldn’t be more fun.  Sacha Copland, Emma Coppersmith…

A Festival of Russian Ballet

11 September, Municipal Theatre The Imperial Russian Ballet Company played in Napier’s Municipal Theatre on Monday, 10 nights into its now regular migration to dance-hungry crowds Downunder. Its pulling power is hardly surprising. When the Russians are coming there’s ever the promise of pageant and endless diversion; an effortless visual feast that boosts its catchment…

The Rebel Pink

20 April 2017, Arts Inc., Hastings Footnote New Zealand Dance has had long-standing influence on the maturing of New Zealand’s excellent and well-established contemporary dance scene, so it gave me great pleasure to welcome them to Hastings for a one-off performance of their recent 2017 touring season, The Rebel Pink. This body of work by…

Tiki Taane Mahuta

22 May 2017, Napier Municipal Theatre Created by Taki Rua artistic director Tānemahuta Gray, the production Tiki Taane Mahuta is set to live music from iconic musicians Tiki Taane and Shapeshifter’s Sam Trevethick, and combines theatre, audiovisual projection, aerial performance, contemporary dance, kapa haka, mau rākau and hip hop. Both the narrative and sound track…

Triumphs and Other Alternatives

October 13, 2016 How do I even begin writing about this incredible “physical movement theatre”, that left me perplexed, astonished and moved in ways that are impossible to articulate? As a spectator, watching this gutsy, performative artwork, its discordant moments of discomfort, glee and beauty, was a visceral experience that resonated in a more primal…