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The Body Festival 2014
TASSEL ME THIS at The Open Stage, Hagley Community College
reviewed by Sheree Bright (DANZ Magazine) 31 Mar 2015
Spectassular
A contemporary sequence skilfully performed and set to the 80s synthpop ballad ‘Take My Breath Away’, effectively utilises a giant fan. One of the dancers, with measured control, pours glitter in front of the fan, which disperses it over the dancers and across the stage. While the movement itself is entertaining, it is the combination of movement with set and lighting design, props and the exploration into the subject matter that gives Tassel Me This its entertaining and glitzy edge. [more]

New Zealand Performance Festival New York
ALL YOUR WANTS AND NEEDS FULFILLED FOREVER at La Mama, Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E. 4th St
reviewed by Sarah Burrell 30 Mar 2015
Compelling evidence of The Playground Collective’s original vision
The Playground Collective’s latest creation, All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever, is not easily explained, which is part of what makes it such compelling viewing. It defies both definition and expectation. At the heart of the story is Simon, a young man living in Aro Valley recovering from the recent death of his father and dealing with his girlfriend moving overseas. But that is just one of the production’s many layers; if we step back a bit Simon’s story is just part a bigger narrative. [more]

BBEALS at Opera House
reviewed by Chris Jannides 30 Mar 2015
A MYSTIQUE OF MAYHEM, WITH HUMOUR
There is much in this show that the audience enjoys immensely. It is clear people want a laugh from the get-go. So these happiness wishes are well catered to. Water splashes on us from some hidden source, titillating us as the house lights dim. Dialogue made up of well-known lines from pop songs receives a joyous response. A cacophony of animal impersonations provokes much merriment. A small female dancer looking helplessly up at the microphone on a stand that is too high for her - more giggles. We all love humour in dance. The audience welcomes the laughs, and laughs as often as it can. [more]

THE ROYAL NZ BALLET PRESENTS DON QUIXOTE at ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
reviewed by Bernadette Rae (NZ Herald) 30 Mar 2015
Lucid and charming re-telling
And then there is the dancing! This Don Q is a love story at heart, and the svelte and quicksilver Kohei Iwamoto, as Basilio, and a dynamic and wonderfully flirtatious Mayu Tanigaito, as Kitri, present a partnership of lovely lightness and lyrical lift. They fly through the technical challenges of their roles with passion and precision and culminate their performance with a breathtaking wedding pas de deux in act three. [more]

GREEDY CAT at The Pumphouse, Takapuna
reviewed by Lexie Matheson 30 Mar 2015
Bray’s best
Finding a serious protagonist isn’t always the simplest of tasks when adapting kids’ fiction, especially if the characters happen to be animals or fantasticals but in this account Bray makes the profoundly plump puss fulfil this role without affecting our unbridled love of the mischievous moggy. [more]

THE WAR PLAY at Fortune Theatre
reviewed by Brenda Harwood 30 Mar 2015
Heart-wrenching and intensely thought provoking
Exploring the terrible wartime experiences of an increasingly bewildered Jack Braithwaite and his young comrades, The War Play also highlights how the perceived shame of his actions and the horror of his fate resonated in his family for generations. [more]

THE WAR PLAY at Fortune Theatre
reviewed by Barbara Frame (Otago Daily Times) 30 Mar 2015
War’s dilemmas dramatised as naive beliefs challenged
Playwright Philip Braithwaite parallels his great-uncle Jack’s story with his own quest to find out what really happened in an episode of family history generally understood to be shameful, but whose details were until recently not fully known. [more]

Photo by Tabitha Arthur
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD at Circa One
reviewed by Jonathan Kingston-Smith and Pepe Becker 29 Mar 2015
A wild, funny and frivolous spectacle
There are, in fact, many mysteries in this tale of Edwin Drood and the cast of lechers, 'exotics', opium-dealers, Classical singers, clergymen and general miscreants that surround 'him'. Not least of all is the one intrinsic to the work itself. This musical is based upon Charles Dickens' final novel. Unfortunately Dickens did something really inconvenient for literary history before he set pen to paper on the final pages of this manuscript ... [more]

ROTUNDA 2015 AUSTRALASIAN TOUR at Air Force Museum
reviewed by Ian Lochhead 29 Mar 2015
Metaphoric frame
The horror of battle is conveyed with visceral intensity through projected images and tortured, silhouetted bodies, set against a soundscape of deafening intensity. A moving duo between a living and a dead soldier follows this mayhem, the peace and serenity of the victim contrasting with the anguish and guilt of the survivor. [more]

Cuba Dupa
GRAND OPENING at Opera House
reviewed by Shannon Friday 29 Mar 2015
Engaging grumpy kids is doing something right
Grand Opening, an interactive show produced by Barbarian Productions, is basically a tour of the Opera House. Instead of seeing an empty space and being told about its history, we see artists and technicians at work. And we're encouraged to think not only about the space, but also about our guides, our partners in the tour and all the myriad people who work here ... [more]
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