Thursday, February 10, 2005

The No. 8 Wire - Issue 24

Gondwanaland Ministry of Culture
Artists' Information Bureau

An Electronic Alert for 602 of Wellington's Creative People


Beginning with the next edition (Issue 25), the No.8 Wire will feature a new interview transcript for your consideration. We've put together a short burst of questions and have begun posing these to Wellington's creative people. Results are volleying back, and we hope these upcoming interviews will offer a closer, personal look at the real creative city.
Questions touch on influences, approaches, motivation, and ways of thinking. The raw No. 8 Wire Interview Questions appear below. Feel free to digest, cut and paste, and reply with your volley of answers.

This simple idea all started with a remembrance of things, and novels, and magazines past...

At the birthday party of Antoinette Felix-Faure, the 13-year-old Marcel Proust (and the other guests) was asked to answer a series of questions in the birthday book, a popular party activity of the Belle Epoque. The query and Proust's answers are at the tail end of this edition of The No. 8 Wire.

The newly formulated No. 8 Wire Interview, looks like this…

The Octo-numerical Query
The No. 8 Wire poses a batch of questions.
A creative person answers.

What cities/towns have you lived in (or spent more than a few months in), beginning with your place of birth.
What are the earliest stories you remember hearing?
What music was present and still memorable from your youth/adolescence?
For you as a creative person, who are three influential artists or thinkers?
What is your dream of happiness?
Who are your favourite or most admired figures from history?
Name three films that you consider profound, moving, or extraordinary.
What was your first real job? second? third?
If you had to eat the same meal every day, what would it be?
Name a few books that you couldn't put down, would read again, haunt you still.
What have you done, seen, experienced, or produced that was a disappointment to you?
What was the most recent live performance you attended, and where was it presented?
In one sentence, can you define art?
What word of advice would you offer an aspiring artist in your field?
Where would you like to live, but have yet to?
What would you like to do, but have yet to?
Briefly describe a project you are planning for the future.
What one question would you add to this Query?



After months of rehearsals, production meetings, strategic marketing seminars and other crazy “I’m doing it for the art” activities…the Fringe is finally here!!

But before that work of art is launched into the public arena (except Finding Willy, Paint and Blue Vein which are currently/about to excite, entertain and enthuse crowds – book your tickets for these now!!), we invite you to come celebrate your achievement with us!

It’s all happening this Friday…

DATE: Friday 11 February
VENUE: The Paramount Theatre – The Fringe 05 Official Bar, 25 Courtenay Place
TIME: 7pm till Late

A chance to kick back and schmooze or shake your tail feather!
Wicked discounts over the bar for Fringe Artist Card holders (being distributed today to your producer/director)

Also witness the launch of the NEW Fringe 05 Tee (Thanks to Billi Tees –
A very, very limited run of tees available for just $35 bucks! Get in quick…

So dust off your favourite slacks and get ready to party on!!

Live life on the Fringe!

Mark Westerby
Festival Director


Newtown Festival 2005

Organisation for the 9th Newtown Festival is in hand.

The Festival runs from 4 to 13 March and involves activities in the Newtown area.

The programme that has been brought together is one that enables all interests of the Newtown Community to participate or experience the diversity and richness that is uniquely Newtown.

The Festival includes new participants as sponsors, artists and supporters of the event. There are the events of previous festivals such as the picnic in Carrara Park, the fair, performances and theatrical events

The New Zealand School of Dance and second year actors at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School perform at Te Whaea; local community performers, poets, and Fringe Festival performers are involved at events in the Newtown Cultural and Community Centre.

The first weekend includes the Newtown Festival Fair Day which will bring together around 150 stalls, 3 performance stages, a disc jockey stage, childrens' rides, and street performers to entertain and enthral around 40000 people. Held on the main streets of Newtown, this has become a major event in the Wellington Festival and outdoor event calendar.

The second weekend includes the annual Gay and Lesbian Fair at Newtown School. Also included are athletics, an art studio opening its doors, an evening of poetry, the Ascension Band as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival, activities at Wellington Zoo, and two events : Culture Jam and Street Ball that will be run by the Wellington City Council Youth Department

For information about the 2005 Newtown Festival see



Factory of Dreams
Lab Theatre presents a quirky little clerk in an empty factory dreaming up his thoughts for you. Come and pick a dream from our library, if you are not afraid of your own desires, that is. What are days for?

Wed 23rd - Sat 26th February 2005, 7.30 pm
Happy, Corner of Tory and Vivian Streets
Tickets $15.00/$10.00
Please book your tickets on 04 977 87 39
Door sales available

Factory of Dreams is a compilation of New Zealand, British and Polish poetry accompanied by live music, arranged and directed by Ewa Zielinska and Katja Starke.


Mixed-Media Exhibition
16 February 2005 – 7 March 2005, 10am-4pm
(Opening night Friday 18th 6pm-8pm)
Mezzo Gallery, 1st floor, Wellington Public Library

Fuse, a collection of work from twelve Wellington based artists.

Fuse is an exciting and diverse exhibition that combines the work of twelve Wellington based artists in a fusion of narratives, materials and personalities.

This collaborative exhibition features a range of 2D and 3D art works, including collage, assemblage, textiles, photography, mixed-media and, sculpture.

Contributing Artists:
Catherine Townsend
Joanne Donaldson
Deidra Sullivan
Carla Nicolson
Brittany Johnson
Melissa Wyman
Mica Still
Sophie Saunders
Anita Weber
Frankie Rouse
Carolyn Stephens
Laurel L. Barr



Far_site -LIVING- Gallery
Hutt Valley Community Arts
2 A Petone Ave, Petone.

Gallery Hours Tuesday- Sunday 10-2pm

Far-site is an LIVING Gallery that will feature works to view and or for sale in between Exhibitions, along with music and cultural events in the Art-Space.

Contact for years Exhibition program
Gallery Co-ordinator, Margriet van Liempt
Ph: 568 3488,



Writing class term 1, Karori, Thursdays 7-9pm
This evening class starts again in Term 1 on 3 February, with tutors Keith Lyons and Anna Livesey. Please email or phone if you'd like to be part of this workshop-based class, now into its fifth term.

Writing Life Stories, Saturday 5 February
Writing about your life or someone else's life story.

Travel Writing, Saturday 12 February
Turning your trips and journeys into stories and articles for others and publication. Includes short field trip in Wellington

Getting Published, Saturday 19 February
Take the mystery about getting published - for fiction and non-fiction. Includes a field trip to several Wellington bookshops.

Finding your writing voice and style, Saturday 26 February
Using writing exercises and tests to find out your writing style and develop your writing voice

Haiku gathering early March
There's a national gathering for those interested in writing the Japanese form of poetry called haiku being held in Wellington 4-6 March. Email for more details.

Journaling workshop 5-6 March
Australian/NZ/UK writer Sarah Lowe is offering two workshops at Oriental Bay on using journals to develop your writing (and your drawing and creativity). Don't miss these workshops on Saturday and Sunday in early March.

Writing for Social Change group
An informal group for people wishing to improve their writing for social change will meet monthly in Wellington, starting late January. Please email if interested.

Journaling group
Meeting once a month, this group is for those wising to explore using a journal for creativity, personal growth and writing enhancement. Please email if interested in this group which will start up in early February.

Submissions are still welcome for the anthology of writing being compiled from those participants in 2004's classes and workshops. Send in prose or poetry, up to 2000 words (preferably shorter) by 23 January, along with a short biographical note (up to 150 words). There is a focus on Wellington writing and emerging writers. The book will be published and launched in early February.

For more information on any of these events and activities, please contact: Keith Lyons

Courier: Lower 10 Oriental Terrace, Oriental Bay, Wellington, New Zealand
Postal: PO Box 11-077, Manners Mall, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: +64 (0)4 972 2181
Mobile: +64 (0)21 214 1789



Porirua Poetry Cafe - Monday 14th Feb, 7.30pm
[2nd Monday of the Month]
The Dizzy Fish.
1 Serlby Place (corner of Lyttelton Ave.), Porirua

Guest Poets: Alister Te Ariki Campbell and family.

February heralds the start of a great year for Poetry Café. Our first evening, Monday 14 February at 7:30pm, is a celebration of local poet, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell who was recently made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to literature. A Pukerua Bay resident, Alistair, his wife Meg and his daughters have been stalwarts of Poetry Café and this is the community’s opportunity to hear him read his poetry and celebrate the success of a New Zealand icon and his daughters, talented musicians in their own right, who will provide the musical interlude.
Poetry Café, a non-profit group managed by a small committee, exists to promote a love and support of poetry and to provide an opportunity for poets, either as guest poets or through the Open Mike session, to have an audience. The evenings, held at The Dizzy Fish in Porirua on the second Monday of every month at 7:30pm, are free thanks to the support of many sponsors.

See you at The Dizzy Fish Serlby Place, Porirua, Monday February 14 at 7:30pm. Admission free.

Further Details Contact:
Neil Furby ph: 239 9145



Poets are uniting regularly for the Open Mike in Wellington! Every Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm at Bluenote (ph 801-5007), cnr Cuba & Vivian Sts, Wellington.

All Welcome! Free Admisson! Bring your own verse, iambs, sestinas, and couplets.

Contact Steve Booth - aka Rumsfield
ph 477-0156



Poems on the Vine 2005. It is once again to be held at Gladstone Vineyard, Carterton on 5th March. Poets reading are:

- Brian Turner
- Denis Welch
- Ron Riddell
- Saray Torres
- Cliff Fell
- Lewis Scott
- Graham Lindsay
- Anna Livsey
- Stephanie DeMontalk
- Rachel McAlpine
- John Ansell

To be MC'ed by Chris Laidlaw. Contact Philippa Broad Poems on the Vine Co-ordinator 021 626 827



What: Perseus Uncovered
By: Lizzie Hopley
When: Thursday 17th February
Where: BATS Theatre
Time: 8pm
2x comp ticket
Bookings: BATS – 802 4175

London’s Purple Fish Productions (patron Dame Maggie Smith) make their New Zealand theatrical debut at the Wellington Fringe Festival after a ‘sell- out’ tour across Canada with an amazingly innovative and creative devised work based on the Greek myth of Perseus and the Medusa. The story itself has been taken directly from Ovid’s Metamorphosis and is told in a modern way with the use of mime, puppets, masks, manipulation of objects and plenty of modern music and modern references.

Perseus Uncovered is a fast paced, up to the minute comedy and is performed by two highly skilled and experienced actors Luan de Burgh (from London) and Michelle Seton (from Tauranga, New Zealand) both of whom were trained in London and at the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris – the world’s leading physical theatre school.



What: Growing Potatoes – a play in a pool
By: Janie Walker
When: Friday 25th February
Where: Freyberg Pool & Fitness Centre, Oriental Parade
Time: 9.30pm
2 x comp ticket
Bookings: Ticketek - 384 3840

A community theatre project that includes synchronised swimming, a woman that prefers to live underwater, The Drag Kings and a cast of 22 aged 7-70. Growing Potatoes – a Play in a Pool presents the life of Freyberg Pool, past and present. Water sets the scene for the themes of identity, community and connection



What: MMMDAnce – mindless, mortals in motion
By: Juliet Shelley and Bob Eisen
When: Sunday 27th February
Where: BATS Theatre
Time: 6.30pm
2 x comp tickets
Bookings: BATS – 802 4175

'I know I'm alive when I'm dancing'

Two experimental dancers living on opposite sides of the globe who have never clapped eyes on each other, join physical forces at BATS Theatre for MMMDAnce in a programme of two solos and a duet.



The creators of the sell-out season of Espresso and Rush Hour present

when: 14-19 February 8pm, Matinee 19 February 2pm
Where: Drama One, Te Whaea, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown
Bookings: 04 389 9056
Tickets: $10 / $12 / $15

Rural culture, Kodak moments and explosive physicality are captured in snapshots of dance by four choreographers. Kiwi music dominates the soundtrack alongside bare feet, Kiwi ingenuity and rugged beauty. Six streamlined dancers take the stage to the grooves of Pitch Black, Rhombus, Tim Finn and Barnaby Weir.

With choreography by Sacha Copland, Yasmine Ganley, Travis Khan and Rosanne Christie. Physical boundaries are pushed in true Kiwi style as each snapshot tells a story.

SNAPSHOT is made possible thanks to the support of the Wellington City Council, Capital Theatre Productions and the Fringe Festival.
(please forward this to anyone who might be interested)



Karen Adams, Sonia Bruce, Gabrielle McDonnell and Angela Meyer
Curated By Angela Meyer
Opening Celebration Tuesday 15 February 6pm
February 16 – March 4
Artist Talk Tuesday 22 February 6pm
After a busy and exciting period of travel and the staging of a series of highly successful art exhibitions and events overseas, Angela Meyer returns to New Zealand bringing with her an exhibition of work by four female artists from here and abroad. Hunt draws on several of the tenets of the Arte Povera movement; displaying open-ended experimentation towards materials and processes and scepticism towards overly intellectualised concepts, completed with a light, delicate and human touch.
Visitors to the gallery will be greeted with the sound of dogs barking in a work by Gabrielle McDonnell, view the photography of 'new topographer' Karen Adams and be immersed in an installation incorporating everyday materials by Sonia Bruce. Playing with the fun and the ephemeral, Hunt promises to be an elegant and seductive experience.
Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level one, 174 Cuba Street
P: 04 384 0174
Enjoy facilitates contemporary art projects and is liberated from commercial constraints to actively promote critical dialogue.


Recyclable art on the Hutt River
On Sunday 13 February, Greater Wellington’s summer Regional Outdoors Programme heads to the banks of the Hutt River for a funky, trash recycling extravaganza.
RIP RAP! is the brainchild of Hutt River Ranger, Thane Walls.
“It’s a chance to make a creative work of art from recycled trash from the river and help save the environment at the same time. It’s guaranteed to be lots of fun.
There will be a variety of recyclable rubbish to choose from - car parts, fridges, wire, branches, rubber, plastic, beer cans, clothing – material which shouldn’t be in the river but has found its way there through heavy rain or by being dumped by those who choose to use our wonderful river as a refuse tip,” said Mr Walls.
Several local artists will be on hand to provide creative ideas and practical advice. People can choose to work individually, as a family, or as part of a team. The finished artworks will be judged by Tim Walker, director of The Dowse and there are some great prizes to be won.
“All materials will be supplied but we ask people to bring along their own scissors and pliers,” said Mr Walls.
The name for the event derives from a colloquial term used by Hutt River rangers and staff when rebuilding or diverting the river bed. Rip rap are the large, round stones that are moved around to form the sides and banks of the Hutt River..

To register for this free event phone 04 526 5330 or email
Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
Date: Sunday 13 February
Venue: Belmont Flats, behind Belmont School, Western Hutt Road, Hutt City



Himalayan Cultural Eve (and much more, just for Fringe) at Happy…

Nepal is the peaceful land of spectacular natural beauties where Hinduism, Muslim, Christian and Buddhism blends together in harmony and interacts in a positive environment of feasts and festivals. Nepal is also a country of diverse communities, cultures and religion. The Landscape of the country with its high chilly mountains, temperate green hills and hot plains has played an important role in the country's diverse cultures.

Nepalese people love to portray their feelings and livelihood through arts. Traditional songs and dances are an integral part of the community. They are used to express joy, celebrate festivals, and portray the action of Gods etc. In some cases dances and songs are the medium of choosing partners between boys and girls of the community.

More than two decade Shreekala Natya Samuha experienced organizing and performing the various dance and drama programmes in the realm of Nepali theatre. Today Shreekala Natya Samuha has numerous audiences in the metropolitan cities.

Now, we have explored a rhythmic programme Himalayan Cultural Eve – 2005 especially for Fringe NZ - 2005.

Manjushree Dance: Manjushree the God of Learning Minerva came to Nepal from China to pay homage to the Lord Swoyambhunath. At that time, the Kathmandu valley was a lake. He saw it as a very good habitable place. Using his Tantric Sword, he cut the gorge in Chobar, which is till this day the only outlet of water from the Kathmandu Valley. This dance is a representation on him.

Jhangad Dance: This is a popular dance of the Jhangad community of Southeastern Nepal. They pray to Indra, the God of rain, for timely and adequate rain for a good harvest. This prayer takes on the form of a ritualistic dance in which the major part of the community joins in.

Maithali Dance: Maithali dance is a very popular dance of the Maithali people, farming community of Southern Nepal. This dance between couples is noted for the movement of the body and facial expressions.

Kowraa Dance: This dance is performed by the Magars, a community who inhabit the midhills of Nepal. They are very sturdy hard working farmers. Hence their dance is filled with a lot of jumping and strenuous movements. The dance is woven around the theme of love. It is performed in a spirit of harmony and joy. At times, the dancers compete with each other.

Lakhey Dance: This is a classical mask dance performed in Kathmandu during Indra Jatra, a weeklong festival during September-October dedicated to Lord Indra. According to legend, "Lakhey" is a demon that terrorized Kathmandu Valley by raging havoc and killing children. A God killed it after a fierce fight and peace prevailed. The feelings and actions of the "Lakhey" are portrayed in this dance.

Tamang Selo: The Tamangs are an ethnic community people scattered all over Bagmati and Narayani Zone of Nepal. In the language of the Tamangs, "Selo" is the tone and rhythm of a song. During wedding, occasions and festivals, the Tamang boys and girls tease each other and try to win others hearts through this dance.

Dhime Dance: Dhime dance is common among Newar community of Kathmandu Valley. From last 300 years the Dhime is being danced in the Festivals, occasions by the romantic couple of Newar.

Shebru Dance: Shebru dance is picked up from the Sherpa community of Himalayan region. Shebru dance is especially concentrated in steps. That's why the group of young girls and boys dance together with a great rhythm.

And late night at Happy (10pm and 12pm)

The Josephine Baker Show

Sheba Williams, a Wellington performer has just returned from Europe with a new show about Josephine Baker, Europe’s first black superstar, to be performed cabaret-style on the opening night of the Wellington Fringe Festival.

The show will be a panorama of her amazing life, encompassing her flamboyant personality, saucy costumes and wild dances that she dazzled Paris with in the 1920’s. This will be her most elegant and ambitious and risque show to date.
The show will be performed twice, on the opening night of the Fringe Festival, on Friday, February 11, 2005 at 10pm and midnight at Happy, 118 Tory Street.
The show will feature the French narrator Jean-Yves Dushime, The Old School Jazz Band Paris Troika, Accordianist Rebekah Grieg, Styling by fashion designer Lela Jacobs, choreography by Adam De'Haar and Make up by Deva Mahal.
Sheba Williams:

I have spent the last six months performing in Europe. Basing myself in Berlin where I was recording, I performed in Rome, Amsterdam and Turkey, where I and featured in a documentary. I also spent time in Paris researching Josephine Baker. Prior to that I was co-producing the monthly Jazz on a Sunday shows with Deva Mahal, and performing in original music band Afronesia, with Imon Starr of Rhombus, and performing with various members of Fat Freddys Drop, Twin Set and The Black Seeds. I also had regular cabaret residencies at Motel, Amba and Sandwiches, where I had the wildly popular Grace Jones Show. I spent a year at Jazz school in Wellington, studied voice in Switzerland and when living in Auckland had cabaret residencies at Metropolis Hotel and Spy Bar.

Josephine Baker:
(June 3, 1906 - April 12, 1975)

Entertainer Josephine Baker was born and raised in poverty in the black ghetto of St. Louis, Missouri. Surviving the 1917 riots in Josephine ran away a few years alter at age thirteen and began dancing in vaudeville and on Broadway.
In 1925, Josephine Baker went to Paris where she starred in revue La Revue Nègre. Her comic ability and jazz dancing drew attention of the director of the Folies Bergère.Virtually an instant hit, Josephine Baker became the highest paid entertainer in Europe. Her exotic, sensual act reinforced the creative images coming out of the Harlem Renaissance in America. She performed, recorded, featured in films and was a muse for artists such as Picasso.

During World War II Josephine Baker worked with the Red Cross, gathered intelligence for the French Resistance and entertained troops in Africa and the Middle East. After the war, Josephine Baker adopted, with her husband, twelve children from around the world, making her home a World Village, a "showplace for brotherhood." She returned to the stage in the 1950s to finance this project.

She crusaded for racial equality, refusing to entertain in any club or theatre that was not integrated, and thereby breaking the colour bar at many establishments. In 1963, she spoke at the March on Washington at the side of Martin Luther King.

Josephine Baker's World Village fell apart in the 1950s and in 1969 she was evicted from her chateau which was then auctioned off to pay debts. Princess Grace of Monaco gave her a villa. In 1973 Baker married an American, Robert Brady, and began her stage comeback.

In 1975, Josephine Baker's Carnegie Hall comeback performance was a success, as was her subsequent Paris performance, celebrating her 50 years as an entertainer. But two days after her last Paris performance, she died of a stroke, and was given a huge funeral by the French government.

Saturday 12th
Himalayan Cultural Eve
Tibetan traditional dance – Fringe 05
The Mint Chicks
Good ole rock’n’roll.

Sunday 13th
Himalayan Cultural Eve
Tibetan traditional dance – Fringe 05

Monday 14th
Himalayan Cultural Eve
Tibetan traditional dance – Fringe 05

Tuesday 15th
Organic Produce
Music so fresh it has no name

Coming up at Happy:

. . . coming up: more Fringe Festival, Nights of the Flaming Anvil 2, Mike Cooper, Colin Black, DEL, Sabot, The Stabs, The Family Mallet, Leila Adu, DELETE!, Mr Sterile, and more and more music. Music makes us Happy.
underground, corner Vivian and Tory Streets
384 1965



Footnote Dance: Perforum 2005

An experiment in the evolution of Dance

Footnote Dance is unique as a repertoire company with a commitment to new New Zealand dance.

Perforum 2005 is a concept developed for ‘FRINGENZ’ to facilitate discussion with the creative forces of contemporary dance. New choreography by Raewyn Hill, Jeremy Nelson, Moss Patterson and Deirdre Tarrant will form the beginnings of new dance for Perforum 2005.

Perforum 2005 will include a showing of works in progress alongside a discussion forum facilitated by Deirdre Tarrant, Director of Footnote Dance. This is a unique opportunity for the public to share in, and perhaps actively influence, the creation of professional contemporary dance. Perforum has been a very popular dance initiative at the last two FringeNZ and provides a unique opportunity for the profession to connect with emerging artists.

Footnote dancers Erynne Gleeson, Halina Wolyncewicz, Debbie Fulford, Hannah Stannard and Lance Riley bring a wealth of experience and energy to the creative process of these new dance works.

These works will ultimately be part of the repertoire for the season of ‘Outside the Square’, which will tour nationally later in the year.

Dance never stands still and Perforum is an experiment in its evolution – making a dialogue with dance -

Thursday 17th February 6.30pm
Tarrant Dance Studios, 125 Cuba Street
Koha entry



An exhibition of paintings and objects, including rubber works, frayed
canvases, paintings, disturbing shoes and cooked paint.

Katherine Ivory, Sue Lund, Gill Newland, Perry Scott and Chris Tane, let materials and processes determine the creation and reception of artworks rather than predetermined themes, objects or ideas. The works reject representation in favour of examining the spaces opened up by 20th century artists interested in process, abstraction and the formless.

See it at:
Pataka Blue Pacific Gallery
Parumoana St, Porirua
from 12 Feb - 6 March



A History of Human Movement
Written and directed by Biddy Livesey
Produced by Bespoke Work Force
21 -23 February 2005, 8 pm at the Workshop, 9 Holland St (behind Wildlife House backpackers)

A History of Human Movement is an exploration of the history and mechanics of the bicycle through spoken text, kinetic sculpture, movement and sound.
Premiering at Fringe '05, A History of Human Movement features Kirstie Baxter, Lisette Prendergast, Nico Leroy-Ottavi and Thomas La Hood, with BMX performance by Manu Pouajen-Blakiston. Also includes a giant pantograph, a vertical tandem machine and tightrope walking!
Recommended by The Dominion Post as a 'Fringe Pick'.
Seats limited to 30 each night.
Tickets $8 /$6 /$5, available at the door. Cash only please.
3 performances only!
Bookings ahead
Telephone 021 064 6154
Booked tickets must be collected 20 minutes before the performance begins.





Visiting Writer: Massey University, Palmerston North

Applications are invited from established fiction writers to join the School of English & Media Studies as Visiting Artist - Fiction for the period 26 April to 3 July 2005.

The successful candidate would set aside part of this time to develop his or her own work, culminating in at least one public reading. The visiting artist will also work closely with staff and students within the School.

Among other projects, the visiting artist would do the following:

Work with extramural students at creative Contact Courses, 29 June-2 July; help internal creative writing students organize a group reading for
the "Arts on Wednesday" programme; judge a short story competition; be fabulous in a literary way.

Applications (before Friday, 10 March 2005) and/or requests for further information should be addressed to:

Carol Seelye
School of English & Media Studies
Private Bag 11-222
Palmerston North

Telephone: (06) 356 9099 Ext 2730



The Fringe Best Comedy (2003) Award-Winning Improvisors are back with
their first ever team-based, improvised tribute to TV Gameshows!

The Improv Factor!
Part-theatre... Part-gameshow... Part-human... An all-new team-on-team
Improvisation Comedy Sensation!

7pm, Tues 22 – Sat 26 February

Be there this Fringe Festival, for the brand new improvised gameshow
spectacular that mixes the likes of ' Who's Line is it Anyway?' with
the TV gameshows of old... Teams are pitted against each other, night
after night, in pulse-racing theatrical challenges set by the show's
dapper host. Take a ride on our ' Wheel of Fortune' to uncover the
'Weakest Link' , where a team's success equals points on the board
(Miss Ford?) and failure means 'Double Jeopardy' with a dreaded forfeit

Songs, scenes, and stunts improvised live before your very eyes. But
only YOU get to determine which team gets to the Grand Final... only
YOU get to decide which team has... THE IMPROV FACTOR!

Note: All improvised comedy should be supervised by trained
professionals. It is extremely dangerous and should not be attempted
by anyone, anywhere, anytime... except us... and a room full of
trained monkeys...

Where : McKenzie Theatre, Capital E, Civic Square.
Bookings : Phone (04)977-9226 or email . Door sales
The Price is Right : $15 Full Price, $12 Concession/Groups (5 or
more), $10 Fringe Addicts/Groups (10 or more), $5 Children (14yrs and
How long : Approximately 90 minutes.
Website : Visit to read more about WIT, including other
upcoming shows and details of courses to learn improvisation.



You are warmly invited to come to the opening of two new exhibitions at
Photospace gallery:

Rick Jensen will be showing a series of abstract colour works in Room
1, entitled Onierology.

Andrew Ivory is showing Traces in Room 2 , an exhibition of
Polaroid images made using pinhole and photogramme processes.

The opening is on Wednesday evening, 16th Feb, from 5pm to 7pm. Both
artists will attend.

The exhibitions run until 12 March - see for details. Also, look out for a
musical performance involving Rick Jensen during his exhibition.
Details will be posted when available.

James Gilberd
Photospace studio/gallery
1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place
ph/fax: 64-4-382 9502
cell: 027 444 3899
Gallery hours: 10-4.30 Monday-Friday
11-3 Saturdays, closed public holidays



Performers Wanted!

The Wellington Irish Festival needs YOU!

The annual Irish extravaganza, The St Patrick’s Day
Parade, is on its way and we need parade walkers to be
part of New Zealand’s first night time Lantern Light

All ages and ethnicities are welcome to audition.

Performers will need to be available the night of
Friday 11th March.

For more information please contact Robert Baldock
@ 04 801 8628.



Soft as Stone Opens today on the Ilott Green, next to Civic Square. Stop by over the next week, to watch a handful of carvers bring sculpture out of the stone. Contact




The Wellington Festival of The Sun is Soon to Shine

Wellington’s newest festival is set to take over the Dell on Saturday, February 19. Be at the Botanic Gardens for a stress free day away from the city, an inspiring array of music and art, and a unique forum for creative people of all sorts.

Fletcher Handscomb, founder of the Wellington Fesatival of the Sun envisions that participants will grow from the experience, whether from listening to new music, making new friends or collaborating on ideas.

“More than anything I want people to enjoy a fantastic day in the sun away from the worries of everyday life,” he says. “It’s a celebration of Wellington’s creative community; a way for artistic people to promote their projects and help one another achieve their goals.”

The Festival of the Sun is also about the communication of ideas and the growth of Wellington’s creative community. Hanscomb sees the day of events as a community project, as a facilitator for individuals to further their creative endeavors.

“This is a diverse community festival, that can grow in all directions,” he explains. “It’s many minds and influences working under the sun for a common goal.”

The day will be populated with live shows by musicians and performers in Wellington, exhibition games of foot bag and capoeira, cartoon artists, street performers, and creative displays. The Festival will be open to the public from 10am onwards with stage performances beginning promptly at 12. Participants are encouraged to bring a packed lunch and outdoor games to play throughout the day.

“Fletch is an incredible fountain of creative energy,” said Eric Holowacz, community arts officer for Wellington City Council. “He wants to celebrate artistic expression, showcase cultural diversity, and bring people together. With the Festival of the Sun, he will succeed.” Performers include…

tommy (High energy flok music)
sparticus R (funky acustic lovelyness with a jazz
Danger pin (three peice indi pop band with a gooey
linda joy and band (singer songwriter with an upbeat
jazz feel)
Mark Huges (Busker)
Francheska montford (chello compositions)

For further information call

Fletcher Handscomb
(012) 260 5294
Or email



E tuhi! Get writing! - awards for Maori writers

Aspiring and established Maori authors are invited to submit short
stories, novel extracts, short film scripts and stories in English or
Maori for this year's 'E tuhi! Get writing!' awards. Judges include
Keri Hulme (who will judge the short story category) and Patricia Grace
(who will judge the novel extract category); award winning documentary
maker, Rhonda Kite who will judge the film script category and TV
personality Wena Harawira will judge the Mäori language category. There
is also a category for secondary school students. Entries close on 15
April 2005: further details and entry forms can be found at



Oriental Bay will be the scene for a spectacular street party with a
difference on Saturday 12 February.

Jordan Luck's new band LUCK and top Wellington bands Uncle Monkey and Odessa are set to entertain thousands of people from a magnificent
floating stage on the water as the legendary Rock Barge returns to
Oriental Bay.

One lane of Oriental Bay Parade will be closed for the fun and revelry
to start on land at noon with international buskers, kids'
entertainment and food stalls.

The fantastic maritime music will kick off at 2.00pm with Uncle Monkey
and Odessa who are sure to get the crowd grooving.

Uncle Monkey, a trio popular known for their classic indie-pop/rock,
achieved notable success with their last music video, Open Arms,
placing third in the ‘viewers choice' section of the Juice TV music
awards. Odessa, celebrated by reviewers for their ‘unique brand of
fantastic melodies and charismatic presence on stage', has received
notoriety at high-profile events including the Wellington Music Awards.

At around 4pm, the bay will be filled with hit after hit of true-blue
kiwi rock music with LUCK rockin' the crowd from the barge. The
legendary Jordan Luck will lead the band through all the Exponents hits
and other classic songs that each band member has helped make famous over the years.

The Rock Barge is a FREE event as part of Meridian Energy Summer City –
and is brought to you in association with Radio Hauraki, Bluebridge
Cook Strait Ferry and the Dominion Post.

The event will be held on Sunday 13 February in case of bad weather on
the Saturday.



No Town too Small to be WOWed
Words on Wheels visits a different area of rural New Zealand each year
on a six year cycle. In 1999 it was the deep south, in 1998, the East
Cape.... This year WOW sets out for the top of the South Island on 22
February 2005. Six dynamic New Zealand writers will pile into a van and
rip round the West Coast, Takaka, Motueka, Richmond, Nelson, Picton,
Blenheim and Kaikoura.

"WOW gives people in rural communities a chance to meet top-flight
writers," says Book Council Director Karen Ross. "We find communities
are still buzzing long after WOW has departed – it is a real shot in
the arm for the cultural life of the region."

A writer’s impression of the first tour in 1993 captures the positive
and vibrant nature of the experience, with writers reading work

"to every imaginable audience in every venue from school hall, private
home, library, civic centre, to wine bar.... Places like Havelock
North, Wairoa, Opotiki, Waipukurau and Taihape couldn't believe that
six New Zealand writers were coming to town."

WOW Goes Wild in 2005

WOW sets out for the top of the South Island on Tuesday 22 February
2005. Six dynamic New Zealand writers will pile into a van and rip
round the West Coast, Takaka, Motueka, Richmond, Nelson, Picton,
Blenheim and Kaikoura.

Join Kate De Goldi, James Brown, Fiona Farrell, Peter Wells, Nick
Bollinger and Tusiata Avia as they read and perform their work in
libraries, cafes, schools, town halls, parks and even vineyards.

This year’s line-up takes some of New Zealand’s most exciting writers
to their readers. So prepare to be delighted by James Brown’s cheek and
Kate De Goldi’s charm. Talk music with Nick Bollinger and books with
Fiona Farrell. Peter Wells will tackle film, memoir and novels and
Tusiata Avia will enchant young and old with her unique take on island

Check out the New Zealand Book Council website {}
for a full WOW 2005 Itinerary

Watch this space for full details of the tour, or contact Jess Ridout,
Events & Touring, New Zealand Book Council. Ph 04 4991569 Fax 04 499
1424 Email









Museum of Bad Art



Sculpture on the Gulf



Museum of Jurassic Technology






Blue Vein
Written…Duncan Sarkies
Directed…Fingal Pollack

When Good Cheese … Goes Bad!

Blue Vein is Duncan Sarkies’ sassy, Brechtian-inspired comic satire about the absurdities of addiction. Our ‘intrepid anti-hero’ Zack (Michael Ness) is a soggy vegetable of a man who one day finds himself hooked on cheese. His girlfriend, his boss, the Kampuchean Woman and “The Dragon” all make their appearances as we watch Zack and his grasp on reality spiral out of control. The turning point comes when Zack finds
himself passed out on the pavement after a graphic ‘bender’ involving the harshest cheese of all …Blue Vein!

“You see I got a craving. Just to try another one …just one…”

Can Zack turn his life around from this horrific addiction?
Or will the dairy product be the winner on the day?

This hilarious one-man show, (with the help of the funky violinist L’hibou Hornung), is to be performed at Epic Café – so come in for a summer evening drink, (doors will open half an hour before start time) and
see a kiwi classic that’s not to be missed!

What: Blue Vein
When: 10th, 11th & 12th of February
Where: Epic Café (cnr of Willis and Ghuznee streets)
Time: 8pm 10th-12th & 9.30pm 11th-12th
Cost: $12/10
Bookings: Txt or call – Fingal 021 253 2406

MORE FRINGE ___________________________________________

A New NZ Play
By Holly Shanahan and Andrew Waterson

The distant future . . . in a galaxy far, far away . ..

A man and a woman – strangers – meet for the first time. They are totally alone on an alien, unidentifiable surface. Cut off from civilisation they
must unite to face this foreign planet’s ghosts and the terrifying series of events that has led them both there.

Is this a space mission gone awry - or man playing God?

Written by and Starring: Andrew Waterson (“After Kafka”, “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues”) and Holly Shanahan (In her return to the
boards after directing “Head of the House” and “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues”)

See the Fringe Festivals ONLY Science Fiction Drama!

Where:Frank Kitts Amphitheatre, Frank Kitts Park, Waterloo Quay
When:February 11 – 19th 2005
Bookings:Red Tickets @ Any NZ Post Shop or Books and
More Outlet (Booking fee will apply)
Door sales available

AND MORE FRINGE ___________________________________

By Louise Proudfoot

A quirky, slice of life comedy about six WELLINGTONIANS living the single life.

13th – 16th February 2005 8pm at Bats Theatre

Just in time for Valentines Day - a hilarious comedy about three young professional women who decide to spice up their single lives by inviting three desirable strangers over to dinner: Toby the sexy gym instructor, Simon the amazing "bus-boy" and Duncan the handsome Doc.

It's not a blind date, it's not a swinger’s party – It's a COLDSTART!

With an experienced, professional cast, Director Lyndee-Jane Rutherford (WNTV, Skitz), brings this fresh and insightful comedy to the stage as part of
the 2005 Wellington Fringe Festival. A great night out is guaranteed!

Louise Proudfoot wrote "Coldstart" while living in Paris. It was here in the heart of the most romantic city in the world she found herself reflecting on the uniqueness of the kiwi dating scene. After many hours and cafe crèmes at her local cafe an entertaining kiwi comedy about people looking for love was borne.

With Valentines Day just around the corner what better way to celebrate than a good old laugh about the adventures of dating!

13 –16 February, 8pm, Bats Theatre
Book at Bats: Ph 802 4175
Waged: $15 Unwaged: $12



14-19 February 8pm, Matinee 19 February 2pm
Drama One, Te Whaea, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown
Bookings: 04 389 9056
Tickets: $10 / $12 / $15

Rural culture, Kodak moments and explosive physicality are captured in snapshots of dance by four choreographers. Kiwi music dominates the soundtrack alongside bare feet, Kiwi ingenuity and rugged beauty. Six streamlined dancers take the stage in a diverse evening of new dance works.

Established choreographer Sacha Copland explores the language of flirtation and the predatory game of picking someone up - the Kiwi way. Rural and urban differences abound as the plot thickens and the blood starts pumping.

The exquisite Yasmine Ganley explores her French origins in a Kiwi context with her gestural choreographic style. Sisters grow up on the farm in Rosanne Christie’s new work as sibling rivalry comes into play and instinct takes over.

Fresh graduate Travis Khan explores geographical roadmapping in New Zealand to bring you a crafted choreography on the five women in Java Dance Company.

Add Kiwi trained Australian dancers Anita Hunziker and Liz Kinley to the mix as well as lighting designer Paul Evans and Snapshot leaps to life. Physical boundaries are pushed in true Kiwi style as each snapshot tells a story. Snapshot is made possible thanks to the support of Wellington City Council and the Fringe Festival.

For further Information contact the Snapshot publicist:
Sacha Copland 027 663 9481 Email:



Mixed-Media Exhibition
16 February 2005 – 7 March 2005, 10am-4pm
(Opening night 18th 6pm-8pm)
Mezzo Gallery, 1st floor, Wellington Public Library

Fuse, a collection of work from twelve Wellington based artists.

Fuse is an exciting and diverse exhibition that combines the work of twelve Wellington based artists in a fusion of narratives, materials and Personalities.

This collaborative exhibition features a range of 2D and 3D art works, including collage, assemblage, textiles, photography, mixed-media and, sculpture.

Contributing Artists:
Catherine Townsend
Joanne Donaldson
Deidra Sullivan
Carla Nicolson
Brittany Johnson
Melissa Wyman
Mica Still
Sophie Saunders
Anita Weber
Frankie Rouse
Carolyn Stevens
Laurel L. Barr

For further information please contact Frankie Rouse on (027) 247 2123.



An invitation to hear something new......

You are invited to attend the 8th session of the NZSO-SOUNZ Readings
of orchestral scores

Conductor: Hamish McKeich
Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 February 2005
Tuesday 15 February.

The Centre for New Zealand Music in partnership with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present fi ve works in the first round of NZSO-SOUNZ Readings for 2005.

Along with four New Zealand works from two emerging and two well-established composers, we are delighted to welcome Jane Stanley from Australia. The composer exchanges between our countries continue to increase, especially through the Australian Composers’ Orchestral Forum, a project of Symphony Australia and the Australian Music Centre. In late 2004 Anthony Young took part in ACOF and as a reciprocal gesture it is a pleasure to be able to welcome Jane Stanley to NZ and present her work Drifting Tracer as part of as part of these Readings.

9.30 - 10.40 Dorothy Buchanan Confluence
10.40 - 11.00 Morning break
11.00 - 12.00 Chris Watson Pivotal Orbits
12.00 - 1.00 Lunch
1.00 - 2.25 Chris Watson Pivotal Orbits
2.25 - 2.45 Afternoon Break Br
Play through:
2.45 - 3.30 Buchanan (9')
Watson (13')
Wednesday 16 February
9.30 - 10.30 Jane Stanley Drifting Tracer
10.30 - 10.50 Morning break
10.50 - 12.00 Jeremy Mayall In the Beginning
12.00 - 1.00 Lunch
1.00 - 2.25 David Farquhar Unfinished
2.25 - 2.45 Afternoon Break
Play through:
2.45 - 3.30 Stanley (5')
Mayall (6')
Farquhar (11')
3.45 - 5.15 Open Forum - an opportunity for discussion in the Council Chamber foyer

• We recommend coming to the sessions from 2.45pm–3.30pm each day, when the works can be heard in their entirety. However, you are very welcome to attend other sessions.
• The final session on the second day will be followed by an informal debrief of the event in the foyer of the Council Chamber, upstairs from the Town Hall.
• This event is being recorded by Concert FM so please make every effort to arrive and leave during breaks in the sessions.
• Entry is free.

Enquiries: Please contact SOUNZ, the Centre for New Zealand Music.
Phone: (04) 801 8602 Email:



Top writers’ event to raise funds for tsunami relief

Eight top New Zealand writers will appear together at an 11 February event in Wellington to raise funds for the New Zealand Red Cross’s relief work in tsunami-affected areas of Asia.

Writers’ tsunami aid, a night of readings and music, will feature leading poets Kate Camp, Bill Manhire, Vivienne Plumb, Tusiata Avia, Vincent O’Sullivan, Hinemoana Baker and Emily Dobson, and writer/actor Jo Randerson.

Kim Hill will act as MC, and James Illingworth will add some stylish jazz piano to the mix, at Wellington’s Downstage Theatre on Friday 11 February from 7.30pm.

All proceeds from the evening will go to the New Zealand Red Cross South Asia tsunami appeal.

Tickets will be available on the door for $25, cash or cheque only.



Stephen Sinclair's hilarious dissection of middle class New Zealand is about to hit Circa Theatre.

Michael and Simon, two middle-aged brothers, meet for the first time in years at their family bach in the Coromandel, scene of countless childhood memories. They arrive to discover that in their absence the council has erected a public toilet right next door. Bruised by career disappointment, burned by relationship failure and battered by identity politics, the two brothers decide it's time to make a stand.

THE BACH - by Stephen Sinclair
Director - Danny Mulheron
Cast - Peter Hambleton (SIMON), Miranda Harcourt (SALLY), Paul McLaughlin (MICHAEL), Kayte Ferguson (HANA)
Circa Theatre To February 26
Prices: $35 Full, $28 Seniors/Students, $30 Groups 6+
Bookings: 801 7992 or

Stephen Sinclair is one of New Zealand's most successful playwrights and screenwriters. His play, The Sex Fiend (co-written With Danny Mulheron) which premiered at Bats Theatre in 1989, went on to play return seasons in all the main centres. Ladies Night, co-written with Anthony McCarten, and which premiered in Auckland in 1987, continues to be performed internationally with productions in Germany, Scandanavia, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. It has toured Australia, Canada, and France where it won the Moliere Award for Best Stage Comedy for 2001. It has been touring the UK since 1990. Other plays include Legless, Braindead: The Musical and Blowing It. In 1990 he co-scripted the feature film Meet The Feebles and in 1991 Braindead, which subsequently won Best Screenplay at the 1993 New Zealand Film and Television Awards. He worked with Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson on the scripts for the three-feature film adaptation of Lord of the Rings.



Great theatre storytelling coming to Circa Studio…

The Baggage Co-op will present an exciting new storytelling show as part of this year’s Fringe Festival.

Soul Food 2005-Te Haerenga premiers at Circa Studio
7pm 1-5 March and 4.30pm 6 March

Full details will be in the Fringe programme and, of course, in an upcoming issue of The No. 8 Wire.



Originally premiering at Bats in 2004, the truly New Zealand play, Wheeler’s Luck, expands its audience at Circa, starting this weekend.

Wheelers Luck
Circa Studio: To 19 February
7.30pm . Matinees 4.30pm Sunday 30 Jan 6 Feb.
Tickets $20/$25.

Two tall to middling white actors from the provinces play the entire population of a small kiwi beach town facing development and the possible end of it's way of life. The critics raved: 'Gloriously performed' 'very very funny,' 'brilliant in it's simplicity.'

Nigel Collins, Toby Leach and director Damon Andrew create an entire community with no set, no props, just pure imagination, energy and keen observation.

Book now, as in right now: 801-7992 or





Magpie’s Eye Productions Present:
“Pop is dead, The Word Is King”

What is Karaoke Poetry?
“Imagine if you will
A Karaoke Booth
Where, instead of a bound
Book of Songs
From which to pick from,
There’s a thick volume of verse
To immerse yourself in”

Producer Craig Ireson says “Karaoke Poetry is about a time in the not so distant future when people are tired of the idle idols and prefabricated pop stars stumbling and mumbling their way into the charts and rich lists. This is a time when people return to poetry and poets as their pop stars.”

Karaoke Poetry is what you get when you mix the Spirit of the Fringe 2004 (Craig Ireson and Will Frew from The SK8Board Poets) with the Best Visual Artist from Fringe 2004 (Johanna Sanders, Rear Projection Window). It also features live music from Andrew Savage (Sunship) and a deliciously irreverent cameo from Ciara Mulholland (Sniper, Most Original Production, Chapman Tripp Theatre awards, 2004)

“Karaoke Poetry is a sexy, wordy, polyphonic romp through the world of the “mash up.” The works of two diverse artists - or more – are reined together to channel a “third mind” of chaotic brilliance. Where else this summer will you hear the words of Walt Whitman, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, Hone Tuwhare, Denis Glover and Frankie Vallie mashed up in a poetic, comedic mixer!” says Craig.

This is not an open Mike night, but a raucous revising of the poetical canon by an award winning crew of genre benders. Karaoke Poetry is guaranteed to be a hit of the Fringe, defying classification and demanding attention with its sassy stomp through the history of the word

Karaoke Poetry premieres at BATS Theatre as part of the 2005 Fringe NZ Festival
Friday 25th- Sunday 27th February 2005 8pm

$14 (Full) $12 (Unwaged) $10 (Fringe Addict)
BOOK AT BATS (04) 802 4175

For more information:,
027 242 3453
389 8177



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END NOTES: Questions for Proust, at 13 and 20

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be separated from Mama

Where would you like to live?
In the country of the Ideal, or, rather, of my ideal

What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To live in contact with those I love, with the beauties of nature, with a quantity of books and music, and to have, within easy distance, a French theater

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
To a life deprived of the works of genius

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Those of romance and poetry, those who are the expression of an ideal rather than an imitation of the real

Who are your favorite characters in history?
A mixture of Socrates, Pericles, Mahomet, Pliny the Younger and Augustin Thierry

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
A woman of genius leading an ordinary life

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Those who are more than women without ceasing to be womanly; everything that is tender, poetic, pure and in every way beautiful

Your favorite painter?

Your favorite musician?

The quality you most admire in a man?
Intelligence, moral sense

The quality you most admire in a woman?
Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence

Your favorite virtue?
All virtues that are not limited to a sect: the universal virtues

Your favorite occupation?
Reading, dreaming, and writing verse

Who would you have liked to be?
Since the question does not arise, I prefer not to answer it. All the same, I should very much have liked to be Pliny the Younger.

Seven years later, the 20-year old Proust encountered another similar
questionnaire at a more grown-up party. In 1993, over a hundred years
after the Parisian teen-age party, the editors of Vanity Fair magazine
began asking prominent cultural figures to reply to a similar set of
pre-fabricated questions. He answered...

Your most marked characteristic?
A craving to be loved, or, to be more precise, to be caressed and
spoiled rather than to be admired

The quality you most like in a man?
Feminine charm

The quality you most like in a woman?
A man's virtues, and frankness in friendship

What do you most value in your friends?
Tenderness - provided they possess a physical charm which makes their
tenderness worth having

What is your principle defect?
Lack of understanding; weakness of will

What is your favorite occupation?

What is your dream of happiness?
Not, I fear, a very elevated one. I really haven't the courage to say
what it is, and if I did I should probably destroy it by the mere fact
of putting it into words.

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Never to have known my mother or my grandmother

What would you like to be?
Myself - as those whom I admire would like me to be

In what country would you like to live?
One where certain things that I want would be realized - and where
feelings of tenderness would always be reciprocated .

What is your favorite color?
Beauty lies not in colors but in thier harmony

What is your favorite flower?
Hers - but apart from that, all

What is your favorite bird?
The swallow

Who are your favorite prose writers?
At the moment, Anatole France and Pierre Loti

Who are your favoite poets?
Baudelaire and Alfred de Vigny

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Phedre (crossed out) Berenice

Who are your favorite composers?
Beethoven, Wagner, Shuhmann

Who are your favorite painters?
Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt

Who are your heroes in real life?
Monsieur Darlu, Monsieur Boutroux (professors)

Who are your favorite heroines of history?

What are your favorite names?
I only have one at a time

What is it you most dislike?
My own worst qualities

What historical figures do you most despise?
I am not sufficiently educated to say

What event in military history do you most admire?
My own enlistment as a volunteer!

What reform do you most admire?
(no response)

What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Will power and irresistible charm

How would you like to die?
A better man than I am, and much beloved

What is your present state of mind?
Annoyance at having to think about myself in order to answer these

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Those that I understand

What is your motto?
I prefer not to say, for fear it might bring me bad luck.