Monthly Archives: March 2015


I felt like a bit of an egg for not paying attention to the name of the show (big clues to the theme right there). The company hit the theme straight away and do not let up during the show. Featuring an angelic (or maybe fallen angel?) ringleader/master controller, a band, and several circus performers. The performers are alternately part of the establishment and one of the people in Limbo trying to get free. Except for the band who seem to be firmly ensconsed in their debauched, slightly aloof role. (And ‘dude stroking beard’ – it’s an excellent sinister look for you, keep up the good work! I would like to know what the instrument with all the little metal bits is called.)

I think I am guilty of reading too many books which talk about The contortionist, The acrobat, The magician’s assistant etc. I’d forgotten that in the modern circus environment the performers all have multiple talents. They sing, they dance, they look fantastic with hardly any clothes on… (A+ costume design. I liked the feathers and the little red neckerchiefs…) Most of the time I was silent with admiration at their skills while the rest of the audience gasped and applauded. I’m glad other people could move! I was totally spellbound by the skill and amazingness which the human body is capable of.

Yes, good, go!

Festival Garden

The Auckland Arts Festival Garden has taken over Aotea square in Auckland. Surrounded by performance spaces it includes the Paradiso Spiegeltent and iHeartRadio Soundstage that host a variety of performers. The soundstage is showcasing various musicians – all for free. There’s plenty of seating artfully arranged around the Garden, some in the sun, some under shelter. Even when full the Garden doesnt feel crowded. It’s a lovely place to sit during the day, enjoying a cider slushy, (or other beverage, or frozen treat or delicious snack), chilling out to the music. In the evening it transforms into the type of space where everyone you know turns up for a chat and a laugh. IT’S MAGIC!

AAF15 Skin of fire

Held in the Auckland Domai , SKIN OF FIRE by Groupe F is a fire & light filled extravaganza. Actors interact with images projected onto the Auckland Museum. Astronauts, fire people, humanoid light creatures all feature in a world of animal skins, fire cages, and lots of fireworks. I’m a sucker for the single colour gold waterfall that glitters as it falls towards earth. Rainbow colours ripple across the Museum dome as stars burst above us. Accompanied by a thumping soundtrack that echoes off the hills and buildings around us as the smoke drifts away from the city, for a time we are suspended in a different place, where time and physics are fexible.

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