Review: The Isolation Mixtape Vol.2 – creative, gutsy, and bold new music

Naomi van den Broek reviews The Isolation Mixtape, Vol. 2, directed by Ben Freeth for the Blackboard Theatre Collective, at The Piano Pīpīwharauroa: Kui-kui whitiwhiti ora , Friday 30 July 2021. The Isolation Mixtape Vol.2 is this year’s offering from Blackboard Theatre Collective, following on from an endeavour that came out of lockdown in 2020.… Continue reading Review: The Isolation Mixtape Vol.2 – creative, gutsy, and bold new music

Review: P O O Lside – exploring the geometry of community space through movement and voice

Erin Harrington reviews contemporary dance work P O O Lside at Waltham Pool, at the 4pm showing on Saturday 19 June 2021. It’s close to dusk on what’s nearly the shortest day of the year, and it’s bloody cold. We’re sitting at picnic tables and deck chairs, wrapped in blankets and clutching hot water bottles,… Continue reading Review: P O O Lside – exploring the geometry of community space through movement and voice

Review: Asian Kiwiana – elevating the voices of young Asian New Zealanders

Ruth Agnew reviews Asian Kiwiana from Yugto Productions at Little Andromeda on Friday 18 June 2021. Please note, this review is not impartial; the Asian Kiwiana cast, crew and creatives sang their way into this Chiwi chick’s (Chiwi= Chinese New Zealander) heart. It’s hard to view a show impartially when your eyes are full of… Continue reading Review: Asian Kiwiana – elevating the voices of young Asian New Zealanders

Review: Resolve – stellar jazz music inspired by stardust

Naomi van den Broek and Erin Harrington review Resolve at Space Academy, Thursday 27 May 2021. What would it sound like if we could hear the universe’s improvisations and movements as music? This question is explored in Resolve, which showcases new compositions and arrangements from jazz guitarist Heather Webb, in an evening presented as part… Continue reading Review: Resolve – stellar jazz music inspired by stardust

Review: Transfigured Night – a bold collaborative programme that doesn’t always cohere

Naomi van den Broek reviews Chamber Music New Zealand's production Transfigured Night, a collaboration between BalletCollective Aotearoa and the New Zealand String Quartet. The performance was presented on Saturday 20 March in The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts Pīpīwharauroa: Kui-kui whitiwhiti ora, Ōtautahi Christchurch. For this programme, presented by Chamber Music New Zealand,… Continue reading Review: Transfigured Night – a bold collaborative programme that doesn’t always cohere