2014 Reviews

Beyond

Beyond

Circa has created a wonderful world of a cabaret-styled circus, enriched with luscious red velvet curtains, silk and, above all, strength. Beyond is tempting, endearing and utterly engaging in its thoughtfulness, tenderness and energy. It is intimate and up close and personal. For 70 minutes we were transported between ''madness and sanity, between logic and dream".                                                                                                                                         - Otago Daily Times


Tim Finn White Cloud

Tim Finn White Cloud

The very frank and personal ''documentary'' inclined one to look back at pathways and memories in one's own life, and indeed the entire performance was a time of music and memoirs for the soul, especially the Kiwi soul.                                             - Otago Daily Times


High Mountain Flowing Water

High Mountain Flowing Water

Wafting incense, an organic light show playing above a dimly lit stage, traditional Beijing opera sound and movements and tactile instrumental sounds stunned the full house at the Glenroy Auditorium into silent reverence. This rare chance to hear new Chinese music proved to be a beautifully poetic experience. High Mountain Flowing Water is a highly intelligent and sensitive work of great majesty.                                                                                          - Otago Daily Times


Promise & Promiscuity

Promise & Promiscuity

Everything from lovely little lisps (''Cousin Weginald'') to frightfully upper-class toffy-talk was delivered by Penny Ashton, whose compendium of facial contortions and voice types flawlessly negotiated rapid character changes. Promise and Promiscuity is a triumph of delightful satire and a show not to be missed.                                                                            - Otago Daily Times

 


A Moving Sound

A Moving Sound

The collective creative talents of five performers make up A Moving Sound, who brought colour, vibrancy, beautiful music and a touch of new age spirituality to St. Paul's Cathedral. The combination was just right: somewhere between the discipline of a recital of classical music, the free form of a jazz session and the warm simplicity of a folk concert.    - Otago Daily Times


Strike

Strike

What a striking performance! Right from the opening wall bouncing percussion, this performance by Strike of John Psathas' Between Zero and One at the Regent Theatre captured the rapport of the large and diverse audience. Strike is indeed a strikingly inventive and formidably talented ensemble who with composer Psathas have created an engagingly compulsive sound.                                                                                            - Otago Daily Times


KAHA - Atamira Dance Company

KAHA - Atamira Dance Company

Kaha is a collection of works so dynamic, so engaging, and so entertaining….we loved it!                                                                                                                                          - Otago Daily Times  


Sei 'O Fafine

Sei 'O Fafine

Sei 'O Fafine reaches into all the emotional pockets of the audience, with people snorting with laughter, a deep hush during moments of passion and a collective breath of catharsis at the end. We have been very lucky this year with the calibre and range of performing arts on offer in this year's Arts Festival Dunedin and Sei 'O Fafine is one of its unexpected treasures.                                                                                                                                                              - Theatreview

 


Micheline Sings Brel

Micheline Sings Brel

Charmingly sexy in a flowing deep red gown, with body and arms gently shaping every phrase, Micheline an Hautem totally immersed herself in the passion of vocal delivery, never holding back on emotion, and Benjamin Hauptman, a true and talented accompanist, matched her every nuance. Such a unique and delightful treat in the Festival line-up.       - Otago Daily Times 


Modern Maori Quartet

Modern Maori Quartet

A full house clapped, cheered and stamped their way to three encores from the Modern Maori Quartet after an evening of wonderful close harmonies and sly wit - all delivered with down-home warmth. Wonderful stuff, infectiously funny and sounding, as they say, like ''golden syrup on fried [Maori] bread''.                                                                                         - Otago Daily Times

 


Sisters in Arms

Sisters in Arms

This is transcendent theatre that goes a long way towards the stated aim of helping people understand people, of stopping the circles of war and violence that keep repeating. The audience is enthusiastic in its applause. My mother ….says emphatically, "This is significant. To take something as terrible as war and create something so moving, that is significant."                                                                                                                                                      - Theatreview

 


Nick: An Accidental Hero

Nick: An Accidental Hero

Embodying a multitude of characters during the course of the hour long performance, Renee Lyons manages to take the audience on an emotional journey of devastation and recovery without once seeming maudlin. Her deft acting allows her to convey a great deal of humour and wit throughout what could have been a very bleak story. An infinitely-relatable human interest story, Nick: an accidental hero is solo theatre at its best.                        - Theatreview


Songs from the South

Songs from the South

The audience sat and soaked up every note and celebrated our very own Songs from the South.                                                                                                                                 - Otago Daily Times


Human Fruit Bowl

Human Fruit Bowl

Andrea Kuchlewska's play is a gem, and Harmony Stemple plays her character with matter-of-fact charm, staying very still when required to and using her voice and eyes to convey a warmly sympathetic personality. This is intimate, delightful and highly effective theatre.                                                                                                                                                          - Otago Daily Times

 


No Holds Bard

No Holds Bard

This one man (Michael Hurst) show is a credit to Royale Productions. They have managed to create a wildly energetic and entertaining show that is remarkably complex with regards to the relationships between texts, characters, mental states and reality. This is yet another magnificent show of outstanding quality in this year's Arts Festival Dunedin. It is simply superlative.                                                                                                                  - Theatreview 


The Paper Cinema's Odyssey

The Paper Cinema's Odyssey

There's so much happening on stage it's hard to know where to look. Any one of the elements that make up Odyssey would produce a splendid evening's entertainment. Together, they are captivating. This is magical, exciting, transporting theatre…                           - Otago Daily Times


Moon at the Bottom of the Garden

Moon at the Bottom of the Garden

What a pleasure to see a new New Zealand play in our International Festival, brought to us by a team of experienced female practitioners of all ages.                                      - Otago Daily Times

 


Sonic Psalms

Sonic Psalms

Sustained applause from a good-sized audience in St Paul's celebrated the performance of an exquisite collection of local recent compositions and their overseas influences.                                                                                                                                                            - Otago Daily Times 


Requiem for the Fallen

Requiem for the Fallen

The Dunedin Town Hall was an acoustically ideal venue for yesterday's performance of Requiem for the Fallen - a profound musical commemoration of World War I, which claimed the lives of more than 18,000 New Zealanders. This was indeed a never-to-be-forgotten experience for all who attended.                                                                      - Otago Daily Times


Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra

Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra

In a city not especially renowned for its hard-core jazz following, it is wonderful to see such a finely tuned unit as the Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra consistently hit its straps at every outing.                                                                                                                                  - Otago Daily Times

 


Robbie Ellis

Robbie Ellis

Altogether an amazing string of nonsensical ditties, presented by one very talented entertainer.                                                                                                                                - Otago Daily Times

 


Vogel St Street Party

Vogel St Street Party

"To me the most successful thing was the huge range of people there; plenty of families. There was just a really good vibe to it. We were just stoked. We couldn't believe it. So many happy people". -  DCC Heritage Planner Dr Glen Hazelton.                                        - Otago Daily Times