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PERFECT PLACE at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by Nik Smythe 22 Oct 2014
Middle-of-the-road immersion
The goal is not joy or happiness as too much of a good thing is deemed unproductive; instead the catchword is ‘contentment’, the ideal middle-ground between misery and ecstasy – as explained in Ernest’s enlightening daily regulation seminars. The relentless pastels perfectly illustrate this policy: not too dull, not too bright. [more]

HELA at Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen St
reviewed by Vanessa Byrnes 22 Oct 2014
A tragic, marvellous, fascinating, true story told with lucidity and ease
Onashile’s dramatization – based on Rebecca Skloot’s highly-praised The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – breathes life into the story of a woman who died too young, loved dancing, and who was possibly overwhelmed by the medical jargon of the black section of the John Hopkins Hospital where she died some months after the initial cancer diagnosis. Overall, though, it is the issue of informed consent that drives the narrative. [more]

Photo by Paul McLaughlin
ISAAC’S EYE at Circa Two
reviewed by Laurie Atkinson (The Dominion Post) 21 Oct 2014
A provocative peep into Newton’s mind
In Hnath’s play the upstart is the ambitious Newton, eager to be famous and admitted to The Royal Society. While the established genius of the times, the now largely forgotten Robert Hooke, who has been described as England’s Leonardo, warily watches and attends Newton’s scary experiments on light by sticking a pin into his own tear duct. [more]

THE STATUS OF BEING at Meteor Theatre
reviewed by Debbie Bright 21 Oct 2014
Extreme physicality, active questioning
Through confrontation and humor, attention is focussed on the power of choice within ourselves over how we respond to the world, an awakening of decision-making inherent within our own views, and empowering sense of responsibility for ourselves and our planet. Ultimately, The Status of Being questions an engineered sense of control. After all, how much choice do we really have in our choices? [more]

Arts Festival Dunedin 2014
REQUIEM FOR THE FALLEN at Town Hall
reviewed by Brenda Harwood 20 Oct 2014
Stunningly impressive and emotionally draining
The way in which Requiem for the Fallen weaves chorus, string quartet and taonga puoro together to tell a cohesive story of young men leaving home in high spirits to go off to war and the horror of their experiences on the front is impressive. The sheer beauty and sadness of the music and the historic images of young New Zealanders in wartime adds a poignancy that makes the work deeply emotionally affecting. [more]

Nelson Arts Festival 2014
SHENG DONG: A MOVING SOUND at Theatre Royal
reviewed by Janet Whittington 20 Oct 2014
Appreciated greatly by aficionados
The costumes, particularly for the men are truly magnificent, with gold thread outlining the red and black accented shoulder wings in traditional Asian style. Hsieh’s bodice and skirt glitter in richly adorned brocade. The shimmering colour holds the audience gaze, while she dances, through the instrumental pieces, hands held Thai style. Hsieh’s vocal range is phenomenal – I swear she must reach High C above High C. [more]

SONS at Mangere Arts Centre
reviewed by Janet McAllister (New Zealand Herald) 20 Oct 2014
Sins of the parents dominate family drama with laughs thrown in
This cross-cultural family soap opera is a revival of celebrated playwright Victor Rodger's 1995 play about respect and broken promises, written when he was in his mid-twenties. [more]

EYE at Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen St
reviewed by Kerry Wallis 20 Oct 2014
eye and I are one
His agility as a dancer and his ability to contrast between fluidity and rigidity are mindboggling as he moves effortlessly across the stage. At one point, his entire body becomes a vibrating entity and I can only describe it as stunning. Hanna is undeniably a strong performer with prodigious training. [more]

EYE at Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen St
reviewed by Raewyn Whyte (NZ Herald) 20 Oct 2014
Richly developed work leaves memorable images
[eye] is also a work in which we come to experience the extraordinary physicality of Hanna, with a strong and sinewy body which has the capacity for extreme movements and eye-blinkingly fast transitions from one state to another. [more]

Tempo 2014
PEACE AND LOVE IN AFRICA at Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen St
reviewed by Jennifer Nikolai 20 Oct 2014
Drumming, singing, playing, dancing
The message: Dance is an agent for change, connectivity with a community and personal awareness. Dance is a source of belonging and encourages listening to ancestral wisdom that leads to personal insight and advocacy. [more]
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