Friday, March 02, 2007

The No 8 Wire - Issue 93

Gondwanaland Ministry of Culture
Artists' Information Bureau


Arohanui, Carol. The Arts Centre misses you already. Thanks for helping all of us build Wellington’s creative facility, community, and family. Kia ora.

Surveillance State
On March 5 and 6, Wellington Arts Centre is being Watched...
An ephemeral gallery installation will explore the people, offices, and workings of the creative facility, through the eyes of a wireless surveillance camera. Over the 48 hour period, the remote camera will be positioned in offices, studios, lobbies, and project rooms, changing position every
few hours.

To avoid violation of privacy, the transmitting camera will have a sign attached: "Attention: This Room is Under Surveillance -- Live Image on View at Arts Centre Gallery." Those planned for surveillance by the wireless camera transmissions have agreed to become part of this short-term project. The willing participants represent a diversity of creative people and operations on-going at Toi Poneke.

Sound artist Paul MacArthur has produced an audio loop which will accompany the live moving images in the gallery. On Monday and Tuesday visitors can view Surveillance State at Toi Poneke - Wellington Arts Centre.

There is no opening reception, no closing celebration, no colourful announcement card, no scholarly commentary, and no free beer…

…Just the ever-watchful eye of the Surveillance State.
Wellington City Council Arts Programmes & Services seeks artists and instructors interested in leading weekend workshops. We’re developing a new series for the general public, called Into the Arts, with the intention of inviting people to be more creative, learn a new artistic process, explore different media, and learn from a diverse array of interesting creative teachers.
I’m already assembling a small crowd of diverse creative people (thanks for the quick response everyone). All instructors will be paid a handsome wage; workshops are expected to begin in April at the Arts Centre, and fit within a 2-4 hour block; I’ll have forms and materials for creative leaders soon.

If you are interested in helping us build our instructor base, and want to propose a workshop or two, please contact Eric at


Saturday 10th March, 10am - 4pm. Civic Square.

As part of our series of Public Programme events for Telecom Prospect 2007: New Art New Zealand the City Gallery Wellington is running ARTCRAFT, a market day celebrating all that is crafty, so come check out a range of stalls run by local art and craft practitioners.
Christchurch based artist Jacquelyn Greenbank, will be running artist workshops – your chance to learn how to crochet sushi.

Through out the day Too Many She Jays will be stitching together beats, and at 1pm The Butchershop Quartet will be providing some hackappella entertainment.
If wet or windy ARTCRAFT will move inside, filling every nock and cranny of the Gallery with crafty fun.

And also
Sunday 4 March, 2pm

Curator Heather Galbraith fronts up and tells us about her list of the most vital work made by NZ artists over the last three years.



In July 2005, Toi Pòneke, Wellington Arts Centre was established on Abel Smith Street in the creative Te Aro precinct. Toi Pòneke occupies two buildings to
provide working and rehearsal space. Facilities include 28 artist studios, a gallery, teaching workshops, meeting and rehearsal space, music studios,
a project room, a photography dark room and office space for arts organisations and creative businesses. One of Toi Pòneke’s objectives is to support emerging artists towards self-reliance. Since its inception Toi Pòneke has been a hive of activity where the mix of visual art with performing arts and creative business has given way to many collaborative opportunities and projects.

The art work is to be positioned on the exterior of the East building (or interior – but highly visible from the exterior) - to adorn the front and/or
sides of the building.

The work will raise public awareness of the creativity within Toi Pòneke.
This is an invitation for artists to come up with ambitious project ideas. We are specifically looking for project proposals that relate to this challenging
and high-profile site.

The winning artwork will:
• Consider the site as being of primary importance
• Reflect the activity within to enhance Toi Pòneke’s creative identity
• Act as an interface between Toi Pòneke residents and the public
• Create discussion and debate
• Be made of highly durable, low-maintenance materials that may be exposed to severe weather conditions or subject to vandalism
• Not block any windows except those on the basement and the ground levels
• Not take up any car parking space
Proposals will be considered for:
• A sculptural form
• A moving image projection or new media installation
• Light boxes or other work involving light
• Or, something entirely different…
Please note that the life of the project could last anywhere between two and ten years.
Proposals can be made by individual arts and design practitioners, collaborative groups or by producers or curators working with artists.
Artists/designers will be:
• Local
• Emerging
• Supportive of the creative culture at Toi Pòneke
The total amount to be awarded to an artist for this project is $10,000.
Please note that this amount is inclusive of all costs associated with the project including but not limited to the artist’s design fee, other consultation
fees such as structural engineering, small tools, materials, production, transportation and installation (including any building or site modification
required), travel to and from the site, project documentation, contingency to cover unexpected expenses and any other costs

All proposals will be considered by Wellington City Council’s Public Art Panel: Karen Wallace, Tina Barton, Heather Galbraith, Alison Bartley and Mark
Amery in consultation with Wellington City Council’s Arts Programmes and Services Manager, Eric Holowacz, members of the Council’s Urban Design
team, and the Toi Pòneke Project Manager. You may be asked to give a brief presentation to the Public Art Panel.

For an application form contact the Public Art Administrator, email:, phone: 499 4444, or go to the Public Art webpage via the
Council’s website: They are also available for collection from Toi Pòneke, Wellington Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith Street.

Proposals must be submitted by post only, by 30 April 2007.
Art work will be installed by 30 June 2007
Attention: Public Art Administrator
Wellington City Council
PO Box 2199

Public Art Panel calls for courageous concepts

Wellington artists who would like to see their work on show in a prominent public space should let their creative juices flow and come up with a way to enhance the façade of Toi Pōneke.
The Council’s Public Art Panel is calling for proposals for an art work from Wellington artists to compliment the exterior of Toi Pōneke, Wellington Arts Centre on Abel Smith Street. The panel will fund the successful applicant with up to $10,000 towards the design, construction and installation of the project.
The Council’s Arts and Culture Portfolio Leader, Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer says this is a dream opportunity for emerging artists with ambitious ideas and the desire to exhibit in the public realm.
"There is huge scope for artists to come up with a creative concept for Toi Pōneke. An art work could take the form of a sculpture or an installation that could add a new dimension to the building, which is crying out for an art statement on its exterior! The Panel are open to suggestions."
Toi Pōneke was established in July 2005 in response to the growing need for studio and rehearsal space for Wellington’s artists and performers. Since it opened, the studios have been brimming with talented, ambitious artists, and Toi Pōneke Gallery regularly exhibits their work.
This Public Art Panel project aims to enhance Wellingtonians’ awareness of the local creative work that takes place within the buildings.
Proposals must be submitted by post by 30 April. The selection process will take place in May. Construction and installation of the work will begin in June. For an application form, or for any other information relating to the project, contact the Council’s Public Art Administrator on 499 4444, or email
Application forms can also be found on the Public Art webpage through or at Toi Pōneke, Wellington Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith Street.

Or maybe it’s just a hug…
City Gallery’s Prospect 2007 is now on-line

This weekend sees a rare alignment of the Word Collectives two regular gigs-
we would love to see you at either or both of them- please pass this down through your own networks as well
Friday 2 March- Newtown Spoken Word Summer 07
Open Stage-anything goes
Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, Cnr Colombo and Rintoul Streets, Newtown
Koha/donation entry
As part of the Newtown Festival:
Slip into something summery, slap down the road in your jandals, and be ready for rap, rhyme, words read aloud – anything coming from the heart!
Monday 5 March- Howltearoa
Open mike with a special guest
Southern Cross Bar and Restaurant,Cnr Abel Smith and Cuba Streets
Free entry!
This month's guest is Dangerous Diane Spodarek,
Ex New York poet, singer, playwright and all round performer
Bound to enlighten and entertain

we realise you have a choice of poetry collectives, and so appreciate you choosing to fly with the Word Collective
Craig Word CollectiveFor more info call 027 242 3453

FUSE Productions, In association with: Wellington Waterfront Limited, Wellington City Council, Fringe 07, Creative New Zealand and Metro productions
Gravity and other Myths
Queens Wharf, (under the sails)
Wellington Waterfront,
8.00pm, 8 nights only!
Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th & Wednesday 7th – Saturday 10th March, 2007.
Entry: by donation / Koha
Gravity and Other Myths:
A spectacular outdoor new circus showcase inspired by the stars!
As the stars appear, for 8 nights Queens Wharf will be home to some of the countries best new circus, performing on a purpose built outdoor circus rig, combined with pyrotechnics, spectacular lighting, sound and AV design.
Last year FUSE Productions brought you the award winning HEAVENLY BURLESQUE (Best of the Fringe & Best Fringe Theatre.) Gravity and Other Myths brings together a nationally and internationally experienced creative team with some of the hottest new stars. Gravity and Other Myths will have it's world premier at Queens Wharf then tour nationally and internationally in the years to come. Don't miss this opportunity to say you saw it first!

The grandeur and dynamic nature of space meets the most extreme and spectacular performance world of new circus! This spectacle will be a whirlwind of acts using fire, trapeze, bungy, hula hoops, dance and object animation - featuring the locally grown music of Rhian Sheehan, Module and more. Star gazing and aspiring to fly, the geometry of heavenly bodies and orbiting planets, this show will leave audiences breathless in amazement!
Also, Special Opportunity!
Taster workshops in circus skills. During the days of the show performances, at lunchtimes (12.30 – 1.30) you too can run away with the circus – or at least have a go. Wellington Circus Trust will be running introductory circus workshops, so come and play in the sun!
For more info visit;
There will also be Astronomy displays from the Carter Observatory and market stalls.
People are encouraged to bring a cushion or folding chairs, picnic ...
"A single galaxy has more stars in it than the number of people who have ever lived on earth … our galaxy (the milky way) is just one among countless billions spread throughout the universe."
"Love is metaphysical gravity."

Greetings from Bahia!I am writing to remind you that the deadline is fast approaching for applications for a Fellowship to the Instituto Sacatar. Applications must be postmarked by April 10, 2007. In addition to roundtrip airfare between your regional airport and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, the Instituto Sacatar provides each artist a bedroom with private bath, a separate studio and all meals, except Saturday evenings, Sundays and holidays. We even will wash your clothes for you. All this on our beautiful estate on the island of Itaparica. Full details are available at The application form can be downloaded under APPLICATION. The application fee can now be paid via PayPal, also downloadable from the APPLICATION page of the website. If you have any questions or difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact us. Sincerely, Taylor Van HorneDirectorInstituto SacatarItaparica, Bahia, Brazil

The Wellington Arts Centre’s Empress Stiltdance takes over the Spring Festival in Hong Kong. Happy New Year, and Welcome the Golden Pig…

Fringe 07 awards ceremony this Sunday
The red carpet will be rolled out this Sunday, March 4, to celebrate the best, brightest and most bizarre creative concoctions for Fringe 07.
The Fringe Festival’s awards ceremony and closing night party will be held this Sunday at the San Francisco Bathhouse, 171 Cuba Street, Wellington Central. Doors open at 5pm, with the ceremony beginning at 5.45pm.
Thirteen awards are up for grabs for the 98 productions in Fringe 07. Twenty-three judges, respected members from the Wellington arts community, decide the awards, with every show being viewed by at least two judges.
The awards are:
* Best Dance genre
* Best Outdoor genre
* Best Visual Arts genre
* Best Music genre
* Best Theatre genre
* Best Marketing
* Best One Man Band / Solo Show
* Best Comedy
* Best Production Design
* Most Original Concept
* Where Did You Come From? (for best newcomer)
* Stand Out Performer
* Best of Fringe 07
Following the awards, Ricky Boyd and the Boom Shack Band and Too Many She Jays will provide entertainment for the closing night party.
Fringe 07 Awards Ceremony and Closing Night Party
San Francisco Bathhouse, 171 Cuba St, Wellington Central
Sunday, March 4, 5pm

Desiree Gezentsvey – Poetry book launch / ConcertYou are invited to attend the free lunch-time concert at St Andrews on The Terrace, on Wednesday, 7th march, 12-1pm. The programme will open with the launch of Desirée's bilingual poetry book 'next time around / la próxima vez’ (SteeleRoberts), and the concert brings together New Zealand music and poetry, with the world premiere of ‘An Ocean Between Us’, a song cycle by composer Dorothy Buchanan, using Desirée’s poems as lyrics, and performed by the New Zealand Piano Quartet (Yury Gezentsvey – violin, Donald Morris – viola, David Chickering – cello, Richard Mapp – piano) with mezzo soprano Rhona Fraser. Please see the publisher’s flyer (attached) for details, and feel free to e-mail or phone Desiree if you have any questions –, tel: 586 0125 or (021) 771 560
Frontseat starts this Saturday 3rd March, 8.00am on TV One.
- Exclusive behind-the-scenes AK07 Auckland Festival highlights
- A funny and revealing interview with legendary artist-activist Tame Iti
- Sneak previews of the new wave of Kiwi films
- Hot tips for sponsors of the arts
BEHIND THE SCENES AT AK07, AUCKLAND FESTIVAL See stars including Michael Hurst, Paolo Rotondo, Stuart Devenie, Fraser Brown, Duncan Sarkies and Chapman Tripp Award-winning playwright Albert Belz in exclusive previews of their upcoming AK07 Auckland Festival shows, as Oliver Driver visits the city¹s rehearsal rooms.
A rare opportunity to observe Tame Iti as you've never seen him before. In this week's Front Row, talkback star Noelle McCarthy and the artist-activist-actor discuss fame, media hi-jinks, Shakespeare and the IRA in a frank and revealing interview. They're at the Corban Estate Arts Centre where Iti is rehearsing a new take on 'Tempest' for AK07, created by Lemi Ponifasio of Mau.
The last couple of years have seen the biggest wave of Kiwi film hits since the golden days of The Piano/Heavenly Creatures/Once Were Warriors. Local box office success and varying levels of international acclaim have followed the release of In My Father's Den, No.2, Sione's Wedding, River Queen, World's Fastest Indian, Out Of The Blue, not to mention docos like Kaikohe Demolition and Squeegee Bandit. But what's next? Can we keep up the momentum? What are the trends in Kiwi filmmaking? Josie McNaught finds out.
In the first of his "How To" series, Oliver Driver imagines himself as a corporate citizen who wants to put his money into the arts. He seeks advice on the best way to spend his money from experienced sponsors such as Ernst & Young's John Judge, and with the help of a spunky young cast of actors, he uncovers the Dos and Don'ts of how sponsors should act at opening night functions.
Send your story ideas and arts diary submissions to Frontseat's researcher Gabe McDonnell at

Women in Film and Television Wellington (WIFT), is pleased to present their 1st Annual WIFT International Short Film Showcase. The event, which celebrates the outstanding filmmaking talents of women worldwide, will take place on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2007, and feature 11 international short films including a New Zealand film by director Lala Rolls.
The WIFT International Short Film Showcase is an initiative of Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) and will feature screenings across the WIFTI network. Participating chapters worldwide will include Auckland and Wellington, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, New Mexico, Washington DC, Atlanta, Denmark, Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
This year’s selections of short films are:
FISH OUT OF WATER / 8 minutesDirector: Lala Rolls / Wellington, New Zealand
ARPOADOR / 4 minutesDirector: Fernanda Ramos / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A WARM, COMFORTING HOME / 3 minutesDirector: Annette Apitz / New York, USA
BIG GIRL / 14 minutesDirector: Renuka Jeyapalan / Toronto, Canada
EXPLODING BUDS / 20 minutesDirector: Petra Schröder / Munich, Germany
THE BROKEN HEARTED /11 minutes Director: Antoinette Karuna / Montreal, Canada
THE SAINT FROM AVENUE B / 14 minutesDirector: Rene Alberta / New York City, USA
URSA DREAM / 6 minutesDirector: Kate Brown / New Mexico, USA
YELLOW BIKE / 2 minutesDirector: Rachel Max / New York, USA
THE DANISH POET / 14 minutesDirector: Torill Kove / Montreal, Canada
YOU LOVE ME I HATE YOU / 22 minutes Director: Roz Owen / Toronto, Canada
All films were selected by the WIFT International board. The NFB short film The Danish Poet is a 2007 Academy Award Nominee for Best Short Animation and recently won Best Animated Short at the 2007 Genie Awards . For film descriptions and director bios, please visit the WIFTI website at:
Following the screening, attendees will have the opportunity to catch up and discuss the films over drinks and finger food.
The 1st Annual WIFT International Short Film Showcase will take place in Wellington as follows:
Where: Paramount Theatre, Courtenay Place
When: Thursday, 8 March 2007Time: 7.00pm Cost: WIFT Members and concession $12, Non-members $15
Tickets can be booked at the Paramount Theatre
Phone: 04 384 4080
WIFT is the largest organisation in New Zealand for professional women from all areas of the screen and media industries. It is well established in over 40 chapters worldwide, representing over 10,000 women.
We provide women with professional development, work opportunities and personal support. We do this through training, networking, internships and annual awards to publicise top women and their achievements. In addition we provide member services such as weekly e-news, a quarterly magazine and an international referral service.
For more information on WIFT see
Are we our own worst enemies? Is the world of classical music too stuffy by half? Certainly Muso magazine seems to think so, writes Julian Lloyd Webber
Are we our own worst enemies? Is the world of classical music too stuffy by half? Certainly Muso magazine seems to think so.
According to its website, Muso is "the groundbreaking magazine for the younger, more open-minded generation of classical music fans". And, following Muso's survey into the sex lives of classical musicians, its editor, Femke Colborne, isn't a happy bunny.
Not that the musicians themselves weren't responsive - they seemed only too ready to spill the beans on their sexual shenanigans. It's the reaction to her Valentine's Day jape from the rest of the profession that's riled her.
"Are classical music and fun mutually exclusive?" asks Colborne, who adopts a rather fetching pose herself above her steamy editorial. "This industry [sic] could gain a lot from lightening up a bit. Musicians are forever complaining about the lack of prominent classical coverage in the national papers; but by adopting these kinds of attitudes they are probably deterring the media, who are understandably reluctant to publish content that is stuffy, elitist and, well, boring to everyone who is not part of that 'serious' circle."
Phew! But Colborne is only just hitting her stride: "Classical music gets a lot of bad press from a bunch of pretentious old gits trying to impress each other with how much they know about it, but Muso gives it the vibrant, fun and colourful image it deserves."
So it's odds on that Colborne's next project won't be a rewrite of How to Make Friends and Influence People, but, while I am distressed by such blatant ageism, I do believe that the young lady has a point. After all, composers from Arnold (whose Grand, Grand Overture was scored for "full orchestra, organ, three vacuum cleaners, one floor polisher and four rifles") to Zemlinsky (whose opera The Dwarf features delicious black comedy) have always acknowledged the place of humour in music, and they have never exactly been averse to a bit of rumpy-pumpy.
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STAB originated in 1995 from BATS’ desire to initiate a commission that allowed theatre artists to experiment in a supportive environment. The STAB commission is an essential part of the BATS annual programme and can be accessed by all performance media; dance, theatre, opera, music, film, magic and interactive media. STAB has grown over the years to have a solid framework and process. The total commissioning amount for 2007 is $60,000.
The aim of STAB is:
To secure and provide a significant level of funding (the commission) to support the creation of cutting edge, revolutionary performance work.
To commission new New Zealand performance work.
To support this work from inception through a production process to presentation.
To present at least two productions in the STAB season annually.
To promote BATS as the most exciting, cutting edge theatre in New Zealand with its finger on the pulse.
To support a national community of innovative artists who strive to push boundaries in their performance work.

STAGE 1: Expressions of Interest

Friday 16 March: One-page form completed and returned to BATS.
STAGE 2: Short List Selection

Monday 19 – Thursday 22 March: BATS holds informal interviews with all those who have submitted expressions of interest.
Wednesday 28 March: Final selection of a small number of groups to further develop their concept.

Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 May : These groups present their concept and a detailed proposal containing budgets, personnel and marketing plans as well as creative content.

STAGE 3: Commissioning
Wednesday 9 May: Two or more groups are commissioned to produce their STAB project.

STAGE 4: Presentation
15 October – 25 November 2007: STAB shows presented/staged

STAGE 5: Reporting
December 2007: Project reports and budgets to be submitted to Creative New Zealand detailing project strengths and challenges.

Fax (04) 802-4010 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington
If you have any questions just give us a call! (04) 802 4176

Lies, Damn Lies, and Mathematics
1950s pulp erotica, dominoes, and the way people operate in layers of truth are the starting points for the physical movement in White Lie at Te Whaea Theatre from Tuesday 27 March to Sunday 1 April.
White Lie is physical dance theatre devised and performed by second year acting students at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School with assistance from performance design, entertainment technology, and performing arts management students. White Lie is choreographed and directed by freelance dancer, choreographer, and tutor Megan Adams.
Megan Adams graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 1995 and has performed in the works of some of NZ’s best known choreographers including Ann Dewey, Sean Curham and Lisa Densem.
"One of my main interests in devising this show is looking at series, loops, formations and patterns," said Megan. "I’m a maths geek – I did calculus by correspondence while I was at the School of Dance – so I’m basing a lot of the patterns of this show on domino sequences, where the dancers act as the spots on the dominos."
"The music is being specially composed for White Lie by Lucien Johnson," said Megan. "Lucien plays tenor sax, flute and organ. He’s a composer and improvisational musician and working with him is fabulous, because together we’re really looking at complex rhythm patterns that are moving people out of that NZ addiction to the traditional four-four time."
Megan was the rehearsal director for Shona McCullagh's short film Break (2004) and worked with Douglas Wright as rehearsal director on Black Milk in 2006. Her most recent choreographic work was Rose Parade (2004), which, continuing the mathematical theme, was based on palindromes.
Melanie Firbank is a second year acting student but has spent most of her life as a dancer, in fact she was a student at the New Zealand School of Dance for a year before deciding she preferred acting.
"We spend lots of time exercising our bodies at Toi Whakaari," said Melanie. "But dancing again is brilliant, especially because the emphasis on performance and emotion are so different coming from an actor’s perspective."
Barnaby Fredric comes as a complete contrast to Melanie’s dance experience – he’d never had a dance lesson in his life before coming to Toi Whakaari.
"I actually got the ‘Un-co White Boy’ award last year," said Barnaby. "It’s a tongue in cheek recognition for the guy with the least co-ordination and dance ability in the class. As the recipient I was a bit worried about keeping up with the pace, but what we are doing is in no way your typical dance performance so that levels the playing field a bit."

What: White Lie by Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School students When: 7.30pm, Tuesday 27 March – Sunday 1 April Where: Te Whaea National Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road Cost: $10 / $5 Book: 04 381 9253 (automated line)
Coming soon…

White Lie (27 March - 1 April) - Physical dance theatre devised by 2nd year actors and techs with choreographer Megan Adams.American Comedy Season (14 - 23 June) – featuring Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation & A History of the American Film.Go Solo (6 – 19 August) - 22 new NZ compositions showcasing students' passion and curiosity.Twelfth Night (22 August - 1 September) - Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches (29 September - 6 October) - Tony Kushner’s masterpiece of freedom, sex, religion and politics in the 20th Century.Toi Cabaret (9 - 14 October) - A light and delicious evening of fun.Classic Cuts (18 - 20 October) - Studio showing of scenes from Shakespeare and his contemporaries.Arcadia (20-28 October) - Tom Stoppard's comedy of mathematics and love in two time periods.
Artists: Adele Jackson (painter) and Ricky Utting (sculptor)
Venue: Thistle Hall Corner Cuba St and Arthur St Wellington
When: 20 March – 26 March 10am onwards.
Opening Monday 19 March 6.00pm
Contact: Adele (021) 111 6295
What do you get when a painter and a sculptor come together to pool their talents and explore a concept through their artistic dialogue?
You get a river of visual ideas converging - resulting in vibrant contemporary paintings, sculptures, painted sculptures and joint pieces that bring together the best of both their skills and thoughts.
‘Confluence’ is about people coming together in social spaces.
In the exhibition, the artists explore the idea of social spaces (from crowds at the movies to families enjoying the wide expanse of Wellington’s water front) and play with the notion that we might just leave something behind or change our environment as we pass through.
Both Adele and Ricky are fascinated and captivated by the relationships between folks and this is reflected in their work. In sharing their exploration, the artists showcase a range of mediums as broad as the concept they play with, exchanging works and bouncing off each other’s chosen art form to build on what came before.
Not dancing, but walking
It's been a wobbly start for WA Ballet's new general manager and artistic director, with the troupe demanding a pay rise that could send the company broke, reports Victoria Laurie
March 01, 2007
THE dancers were strangely hesitant and one had already slipped and fallen when, mid-performance, the music stopped at Ballet at the Quarry last week. Ivan Cavallari, the West Australian Ballet's new artistic director, walked into the spotlight at the open-air Quarry Amphitheatre and explained that the surface had become dangerously slippery in the humid night air.
The show could not go on until the stage had been wiped dry and the dancers' safety assured, he said.
Cavallari was genuinely concerned for his dancers, but the episode was laced with irony. A few hours earlier, in the state's industrial court, WA Ballet management and its employees had been locked in combat over the dancers' poor rates of pay.
The battle continues today when the company's 21 dancers vote whether to strike over their demand for a 10 per cent pay increase every year for four years. If they vote yes, the remaining week of a heavily sold Quarry season could - for industrial reasons this time - be brought to a standstill.
"It feels rather like being thrown in the deep end," says Steven Roth, WA Ballet's new general manager, who arrived in Perth only a month ago.
Italian-born Cavallari is also bemused, having travelled from Europe a mere two weeks ago to take over the company from former artistic director Simon Dow.
Both Cavallari and Roth are sympathetic to the dancers' plight. "I've been through many strikes as a dancer," says Cavallari, who performed with the Stuttgart Ballet in Germany for 20 years. "I agree they should raise their voices and say: 'We are here."'
And both men agree their dancers' salaries are paltry. The starting wage is just $647 a week, compared with $901 that an incoming musician earns at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, for example. The most senior wage for a WA Ballet dancer is $880: far lower than the top rate of $1045 a week paid by the Sydney Dance Company. Dancers say their workload prevents them from supplementing their income with teaching or other jobs.
"Ivan and I are both finding it difficult getting apartments to rent in Perth," says Roth, adding that the effect of the resources boom on accommodation is noticeable. "The dancers are obviously struggling to maintain a standard of living in Perth as well
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I am emailing you as the identified contact person for an arts/craft group or association we found online through a search for organizations and groups who may be interested in the opportunity to participate in an arts/crafts educational event being held in April.
These events (known generically as Crafting Connection) have been held the past three years for our immediate customer base - which has been primarily paper arts orientated.
However, we are now supporting (with classes and product) a growing number of other forms of arts and interests – and for which Crafting Connection Events now bring many of the better known international Tutors from the USA to New Zealand to teach, introduce new products etc.
The sole purpose and intent of Crafting Connection is primarily education… and making available to the local New Zealand market to Tutors who would otherwise not come to our region. We attempt to make these Events as affordable as possible for as many as possible – but they remain professionally managed and conducted in terms of the quality of venues/conference centres used, and the resources applied.
The upcoming Crafting Connection Event is called "Freestyle"… and as such, is stepping well outside the paper arts interest areas and into fabric, felt, quilting, altered art, paint and much more. As such, it became apparent that there could be groups and associations outside our own immediate contact list who may be interested in experiencing and enjoying this Event and opportunity… hence my contacting you.
The Event, the tutors, the range of classes … are all details on our website. If you believe this will be of interest to your group/association members (some who may already be aware of these Events through their growing reputation for excellence and value) - we would appreciate you emailing them the link to our website - with maybe the following information please. (Hopefully just a case of cut and paste with a note of support from yourself maybe).
And by way of introduction and appreciation of any new participants in our Events as a result of contacting you - we would like to offer to extend to your group/association an overall 10% discount on classes and projects. This would be applied when the registration is processed… and to access this, your members simply put your group or association name in the comments when completing the online process… and I have included such instruction in the information below.

Following the outstanding success of Crafting Connection 2006, we are excited to be bringing Crafting Connection 2007 – "Freestyle" to Auckland, Wellington & Sydney
With a World-Class "one of it's kind" Team from across the US, already having received rave reviews for their "Freestyle Weekends" within the US ... please join Designers, Tutors and Authors Rhonna Farrer, Emily Falconbridge, Kim Henkel and Tia Bennett as they head "down-under" to visit in April
Supporting the US Team are three of New Zealand's and Australia's best known and respected Designers, Authors and Tutors... Zina Wright (Gold Coast), Nic Howard (Auckland), and Wendy Redshaw-Bruhns (Christchurch)
Crafting Connection "Freestyle" will appeal and inspire all... it's for Scrapbookers, Card Makers, Artists, Quilters, Altered Artists, Fabric Artists and general Crafters.
Each of the Freestyle Tour Team brings a professional diversity - with most being published in the phenomenally successful Autumn Leaves "Designing with... " series of publications. This Tour is named after one of the most recent publications called "Freestyle"...
The Freestyle Team are each offering individual Projects - as well as joining together to offer a series of classes/projects to create a collaborative "Freestyle" Album filled with fun, technique and inspiration!
For more details, class descriptions and Registration options – please visit or for a Registration & Information Pack to be sent to you… please phone Freephone 0508 72 72 72

The idea of an arts law centre for NZ has been discussed for some time. The Artists Alliance and the NZSA have been keen to see this set up and the Chapman Tripp Report commissioned by the government strongly recommended one be set up. However, nothing has happened. It was brought up again last October at a meeting of politicians held in Wellington.

Obtaining legal advice to deal with contracts is beyond the financial means of most writers and artists. This is especially so when things go wrong as they so often do. Writers are so keen to see their work in print or broadcast they sign without taking advice and later find they’ve signed away the rights to their first-born for a pittance or worse, for $0.

The NZSA and the NZWG both have legal advisory services for our members but the resource is stretched both in terms of time and money. There is little or no funding support for our organisations to provide this service and it is often time-consuming and expensive to provide. Our voluntary team of publishing and legal experts donate their time but the bulk of the service is provided by the national office. We are often contacted by non-members who have got into trouble with a contract and it is very hard not to help them. Quite often solicitors and CABs don’t have the expertise to advise them as the knowledge of contract and copyright law is specialised.

Having an arts law centre in NZ based along the lines of the Australian one would be a good start. The Australian Arts Law Centre is a national non-profit community legal centre for the arts. It was established with the support of the Australia Council in 1983 to provide specialised legal and business advice and referral services, professional development resources and advocacy for artists and arts organisations.

It provides subscribers preliminary advice and information across all artforms on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters including contracts, copyright, business names and structures, defamation, insurance and employment. Initial telephone legal advice is free and if the matter is beyond the limits of their service, or requires a solicitor to act on your behalf, the Arts Law Centre can assist by recommending a suitably qualified solicitor from their national referral panel.

They also provide a mediation service specifically designed to provide affordable and accessible mediation for artists and arts organisations. The publish a range of materials to assist arts practitioners including free information sheets, guides, checklists, sample contracts with explanatory notes, seminar papers and booklets, plus a quarterly newsletter Art+Law, and quarterly Artlines bulletin on law, the arts and new technology.
We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on such a centre for New Zealand. Please email me on – and let me know.

The Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators will once again brings more than 50 writers, illustrators and storytellers directly in touch with children and their families.

The 14th annual Storylines Festival, from 5-10 June this year, is a highlight of the New Zealand literary calendar. Fabulous books, their creators and a wide variety of performers entertain, educate and enthral thousands of children, family members, teachers and librarians, during the week-long festival.

Huge free family days will bring the excitement of books and reading alive in Puke Ariki in New Plymouth, the Wellington Town Hall, Kerikeri Primary School (for the first time) and the Aotea Centre, THE EDGE® in Auckland. Each venue will have readings, activities, performances, face painting – and the opportunity to meet the authors and illustrators. Themes include fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose, picture books for young and old, and novels for juniors and young adults. Activities include everything from book making to calligraphy, puppet-making to story writing and story telling.

Says festival manger Crissi Blair: ‘As well, there are story tours which take a dozen New Zealand authors, illustrators and storytellers into schools and early childhood centres throughout the Auckland region and in Whangarei and Kerikeri. We’ve lined up award-winning participants including Gavin Bishop, Vince Ford, David Elliot, Lorraine Orman and Moira Wairama (whose Joy Cowley Award-winning book The Puppet Box will be launched at Auckland Family Day), so we know the kids who are lucky enough to have a visit will be totally enthralled.

‘And in Auckland, in venues from Albany to Manurewa, we’re having workshops to foster writing and illustration skills, with experienced authors and illustrators sharing their professional skills.

‘As well as these student-focused activities, the Heritage Hotels Seminar Series hosts the festival’s two international guests, Shaun Tan and Mal Peet, in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, where they’ll entertain and inform adult children’s literature enthusiasts and professionals discussing the theme of Story is a Place. The seminar series sold out last year, and the same is expected this year for these highly acclaimed speakers.’

Storylines Festival is a once-a-year opportunity for children and their families to come face to face with the people who create the books they love. For more information about participating authors and illustrators and details about events, see or email
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For artists of all kinds.
The Wellington Arts Centre has over a dozen studios coming available from May/June, and the call for applications is now on. Emerging and early-career artists of all kinds and disciplines are encouraged to apply; deadline is 28 February.
To arrange a site visit, or get more details, call 385 1929 or stop by Wellington Arts Centre at 61 Abel Smith Street. Get in quick.

Levin Performing Arts Centre is underway with rehearsals for The Full Monty and will be showing their stuff 8-31 March. The Full Monty is a funny and fetching celebration of the resiliency of the human spirit. Both director Alex Gilchrist and Musical Director Baji Brown have pulled a cast together from Palmerston North and Horowhenua for the production.
When 8 -31 March – 8pm (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Matinee show 24 March 2pm
Twilight show 18 March 6pm Where Levin Performing Arts Society, Queen St East, Levin Entry Tickets from Bernina, 204 Oxford Street Levin Ph 06 368 3680. Foxton Bookshop and Pharmacy, 82 Main Street, Foxton Ph 06 363 8640
Contact Enquiries to

In conjunction with the recently opened ‘Prospect’ exhibit ion of new New Zealand art, the International Institute of Modern Letters and City Gallery combine to present ‘New Voices’, a selection of fresh literary talent including quite a few writers who have emerged from the MA workshop room at the Institute in the last two years.

Guests include Adam Prize winners Michele Amas, whose book After the dance was recently reviewed in the Listener, and Anna Horsley; Schaeffer Fellowshipholder Therese Lloyd; doctor-poet Angela Andrews, whose first book will appear from Victoria University Press later this year; Dominion Post journalist Tom Fitzsimons; IIML short fiction workshop coordinator Susan Pearce; and poet David Beach, author of an extraordinary collection of ‘chopped up prose sonnets’ called Abandoned Novel (Victoria University Press, 2006).

They will present recent work at City Gallery on Friday 9 March at 1 pm, chaired by Bill Manhire. Admission is free, all welcome.

World of WearableArt
is now calling for entries. For a 2007 entry kit visit
or call 03 548 9299. Entries close 1 May 2007.

Boutique Opera proudly presents the music of Purcell's, King Arthur - a lively, eccentric and unashamedly patriotic opera full of rousing choruses, soulful arias and beautiful harmonies. Musical Direction is by Michael Vinten and the Director is Alison Hodge. After a season at St Andrew's on the Terrace, Wellington, the show will come to Kapiti Playhouse.
When 2 & 3 March – 8pm, 4 March – 3pm, 10 March – 7.30pm, 11 March – 2.30pm Where Kapiti Playhouse, Paraparaumu Entry For bookings contact or phone (04) 802 0531

Position Description - DANZ Administrator
This role is to support dance activities nationally. The DANZ Administrator will based in the head office of DANZ, Dance Aotearoa New Zealand, the national organisation for dance.
DANZ supports dance in all its forms. We aim to develop industry sustainability through promoting participation, improving access, providing professional development and advocating for the long term growth and health of New Zealand dance. For further information about DANZ visit our web site
Training will be provided in all these areas
General dance enquiries – phone, email and in office
General office duties e.g. ordering stationery, filing, photocopying, office & equipment maintenance and office cleaning
Basic computer work
Maintaining dance resources & services
Assisting with projects
Organising/coordinating mailouts
Personal attributes:
An interest in dance/performing arts and in working with a wide range of dance genres (both professional and recreational).
Good communication and people skills – written, by phone and in person.
Good personal planning and organisational skills that can translate into project and work skills.
A desire to start a career in arts administration or event management.
Accuracy and attention to detail.
Basic computer skills – including some of word, email, internet, xcel, database.
Interested in learning and openminded.
Able to take direction and work as part of a team.
Tidy appearance, punctual and reliable.
Has a sense of humour.
Job specifics:
Place of work: DANZ, Ground Floor, 69 Abel Smith, Central Wellington
Hours of work: 30 hours per week (hours and days to be determined)
Contract: Fixed term for 45 weeks
Rate of pay: to be decided

DANZ Ground Fl, 69 Abel Smith Street PO Box 9885, WellingtonPhone +64 4 801 9885DD +64 4 802 0531Dance Aotearoa New Zealand is the national organisation for dance
Applications are now open for the Council’s general grants and for Creative Communities Wellington Local Funding Scheme grants. Applications for both rounds close at 5pm on 30 March 2007.
General grants applications can be made to any of our four grant pools; Social, Cultural, Economic and Environmental. Only legally constituted groups can apply for these grants. (Or groups under the umbrella of a legally constituted group)
Creative Communities is for smaller grassroots arts projects aimed at increasing participation in the arts. Individuals as well as groups can apply for these grants.
Applications forms and guides and are available at We will be running grants advice seminars for each scheme – details of these are on the website.
The next seminar will be held on:
6 March 2007, 1-3pm – Creative Communities
To book a place in a seminar use the form on the website or call Barbara Franklin on 801 3595.
If you can’t make it to a seminar but would like to discuss a possible application, or would like forms to be emailed to you please let me know.
Please feel free to pass this around your networks. You have received this because you are on one of my mailing lists for WCC grant rounds or work for WCC. Please let me know if you would like to stop receiving these reminders.

Katharine Macann Acting Grants Team LeaderWellington City Council DDI: 04 801-3158 Fax: 04 801-3635 Email:
One of New Zealand’s largest art events, The Original Art Sale is back for the third year running and organisers are now calling for artists from around the nation to submit works.
The founder and owner recently sold the successful event to the TelstraClear Pacific Event Centre (TCPEC) in Manukau Auckland, a successful not for profit organisation.
TCPEC CEO, Richard Jeffery says, "the event is set to be bigger and better than ever. We have such a fantastic facility here in terms of light, space and location - we can accommodate more works and we're really excited to see what artists will submit this year".
Over the past two years, The Original Art Sale has been a goldmine of talent, offering thousands of affordably priced pieces of art to the New Zealand public. It has established a name among seasoned art-buyers and first-timers alike. It is a perfect fit for TCPEC.
Organisers are currently calling to New Zealand’s art community to submit their works. Art of all styles and mediums will be considered; from sculpture, to glassware, photos, paintings and limited release prints.
Works must be priced between $100 and $5,000, a special gala charity night will be held with all funds going to support the smallest and most vulnerable babies in South Auckland.
"We are proud to support the Counties Manukau Birthing and Assessment Unit this year and we're sure the artists will see this as a deserving recipient of a small portion of their work," says Jeffery.
Well known artist Richard Cooper is thrilled to submit his works to this year's sale. "The Original Art Sale is a great opportunity for both emerging and established artists to be involved in a major sale of this size and calibre. The new venue will be perfect for exhibiting their works".
Artists can find information on the criteria and process for submitting works at
For media enquiries, please contact Bridget Burnett on 0274 300 400
Thistle Hall is a vibrant community centre in the heart of New Zealand’s cultural capital, Wellington. We provide a community hall, meeting room and Wellington’s only community gallery showcasing a range of artists and crafts people from the established to the emerging.
On now at Thistle Hall Community Gallery
27 FEBRUARY - 7 MARCH 2007
Erin Templeton & Eddi Stevens
Opening 8pm 27 February with Zombie?fuck!

Coming up
8 - 17 MARCH 2007
Natacha Panot Harfield
Opening Thursday 8 March 5 - 7pm.
Exhibition continues 9 - 17 March.
Viewing by appointment - please call/text 021 1416512.

Please see for more information
For further enquiries please contact
Lily Chalmers
PH: 04 384 3088/021 0220 4635

Local writer Janie Walker’s kids play An Elephant Never Forgets is being performed at Wellington Zoo, as part of the Zoo’s 100th birthday celebrations. It’s a 25 minute play featuring a text-crazed girl, a 100 year old Zoo Keeper, an elephant ghost, a monkey, red panda and a rare duck. There are only six performances left.
When Sundays 25th February and 4th March
11.30am, 12.45pm and 2pm Where Wellington Zoo, Daniel St, Newtown, Wellington Entry Free (usual Zoo entry fee applies) No bookings taken so get there earlyContact Wellington Zoo Ph 04 381 6750

We are now open late nights Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights til 8 pm
over the summer months to service the growing popularity of our gallery.
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Paintings by Rachael Foster
March 6 - 25
Rachael Foster is a fresh young Kiwi painter with a super realism style.
She has a strong appreciation and concept of home.
Her work captures a snapshot in time, when New Zealand was striving
to come forward from the isolation of 'down under'. Her paintings of
iconic Kiwi imagery leap from the canvas rich with colours reminiscent
of 50's advertising. Rachael says: "It makes me proud to be what
we are as a place… I attempt to share with you my delight in the
ordinary things of New Zealand that are seen but not examined by most
of us."

An Exhibition of Contemporary Jewellery
March 15 - April 14
Jewellery that regards percussive and repeditive elements:
that investigates the transference of something from one medium to another.
Neke Moa (Wellington)
Cheryl Sills (Auckland)
Natalie Mason (Wellington)
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday 10.30 - 6
Wednesday 10.30 - 8
Thursday 10.30 - 8
Friday 10.30 - 8
Saturday 10.30 - 6
cnr blair & wakefield st
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Bent Not Broken
Adapted by Merrin Cavel from the Best Selling Autobiography
"Bent Not Broken" by Lauren Roche
Directed by Ban Abdul
BATS Theatre
13-16 March, 6.30pm
Bookings: 04 802 4175 $16/12/10

This is a truly inspiring story about turning your life around.
Bent Not Broken is Lauren Roche's extraordinary journey from working as a prostitute at the San Francesco Bath House in Wellington to becoming a doctor.
Roche demonstrates tremendous resilience, courage, intelligence and humour in chronicling her personal trauma and ultimate triumph. This brave production by Merrin Cavel of Roche’s very personal story will anger and shock you, make you laugh and make you cry.
After 20 years of destructive experiences, including a turbulent childhood and adolescence, and her years as a prostitute and stripper, imprisonment as an illegal alien, sex, drugs and teeny-pop, Lauren dreamed of becoming a qualified doctor.
After the birth of her second child and the end of another abusive relationship Lauren decided to follow her dream. She went back to high school then university, eventually graduating Otago University as a medical doctor.
Cavel can identify with Laurens struggle and was incredibly inspired by her story. The resulting play is a powerful blend of Laurens amazing tale and Merrin’s own experience.
Merrin is currently completing her Bachelor of Performing Arts in Christchurch, where her stand out roles have been 'Violet' in Eugenia, 'Edward/Victoria' in Cloud 9, and 'Ronette' in Little Shop of Horrors. Recently she co-wrote and performed a solo show called 'Punching Judy' and was performance support in a mixed abilities production of 'Dante'.

‘Bring inspiration, hope and self-belief to those who need it’ – Lauren Roche
‘Lauren wasn’t going to let the life she had write her life’ – Ban Abdul (director)
Works-in-progress announced
for the
Magdalena Aotearoa National Gathering
5-10 April 2007, Wellington
Magdalena Aotearoa is delighted to announce the eight works-in-progress which have been selected for the National Gathering - listed below. We are very excited by the strength and variety of the work, in terms of style, process and themes. The artists range from relative newcomers to experienced practitioners, and geographically from Auckland to Hastings and Christchurch in the south.
The National Gathering is an unique opportunity for you to get an inside view of how theatre work - whether it's devised or scripted - can be developed. Each work-in-progress presentation will be followed by a discussion with "responders", peers and audience members, and there will be time between the presentations for further discussions around the work and development of work in general.
The Gathering is also a chance to meet with innovative and experienced women theatre makers from around the country in an informal and friendly environment, to develop your own networks and meet potential collaborators, mentors and colleagues.
Registration for the National Gathering is still open, for both men and women participants. The extended early bird discount offer finishes tomorrow, Tuesday 20th February. Registration forms and further details including full and daily prices are on the web site:
We look forward to seeing you at the National Gathering.
Skeleton Woman: A contemporary New Zealand response to the powerful Inuit myth of the skeleton woman, devised and performed by Helen Moran, with director Jane Gilmer and writer Kathleen Gallagher. It has already been professionally produced (catch it in Wellington at BATS, March 2-4) and Helen will be seeking feedback on specific areas including use of multimedia, Maori aspect, and setting up a national and international tour.
Mortally Wounded: a collaborative devised performance by Louise Tu'u and Alexa Wilson, dealing with the healing of personal and social histories - it will map the body as the battlefield onto the Auckland volcanic landscape. The show opens in Auckland a week after the Gathering, so they are looking for constructive critical feedback and open-minded opinions. (Alexa is also performing at the Fringe in Quixotic Parables, opening next Tuesday 20th at BATS).
What It Means To Be Civilised: A new work exploring what it means to be civilised, devised by an ensemble including Bronwyn Bent, Ksenya Chobanovich, Nell Thomas, Chrissie Butler, Kieran Monoghan and Jeff Henderson. The group is intersted in feedback on the dramaturgy, audience relationship and visual impact.
Does This Make Sense To You?: A stage adaptation of Renée's novel of the same name, this work addresses the topical issue of teen pregnancy and is directed by Lilicherie McGregor with a cast including Madeline McNamara and Dale Ferris. An invited audience of teen mothers will attend the rehearsed reading at the Gathering and feedback will be sought from this specific target audience.
Double Helix: The story of the mystery of DNA is the starting point for a performance that embodies and physicalises the human dilemma of competition versus cooperation - concept by Nancy Fulford, with four actors. Nancy is interested in finding actors to work with, technical ideas and support, and exploring musical accompaniment.
Kitchen Drawers: This will be the third and final part of a longer work, The Voyage, by Rose Beauchamp, featuring puppetry, mask and clown and exploring themes of living, dying and being present through the contents of her mother's kitchen drawers. Rose is particularly looking for dramaturgical feedback from people with some experience or feeling for clown work.
The Lady and the Hooligan: A Melodrama in as Many Acts: Pauleen Hayes has written a three-act script based on the story of Flossie Le Mar, an eccentric vaudeville entertainer and pacifist who toured Australasia during the 1900s with her husband, demonstrating the benefits of Ju Jitsu for women "set upon by the evil designs of men." Pauleen is interested in exploring - with humour - the concept of sexual violence as a random, inadvertently latent, vaguely inherent male legacy. As well as finding possible collaborators, Pauleen is also looking for overall feedback on the dramaturgy, music, use of multi-media and choreography.
Winter: A one-act play by Diane Spodarek about a U.S. national who comes to live in New Zealand with her Kiwi partner; the script has had workshop readings at the Playmarket conference and in New York. Diane is pondering whether it needs to be developed to a full-length production or stay as one act, as well as how to go deeper into the psyche of two people from opposite ends of the earth, and how to reach an NZ audience with a Kiwi character when she, the writer, is not a Kiwi.
Magdalena Aotearoa TrustPO Box 27 300WellingtonAotearoa New
By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Sue Rider
"Play of the Year" – Time Magazine
Winner of a grand slam of Broadway theatre awards, Doubt is a brilliant, compelling new play that will have you on the edge of your seats.
A gripping mystery, leavened with a crackling wit, Doubt is a taut drama of ideas set in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964, where four strikingly individual people become entangled in the search for truth.
When school principal, Sister Aloysius, begins to doubt the motives of the popular priest Father Flynn, she must decide whether to give voice to her fears and take action or bury her suspicions and leave room for uncertainty.
The action she takes has audiences arguing about the outcome way beyond the curtain call.
Doubt stars award-winning actress HELEN MOULDER as Sister Aloysius, and SIMON FERRY as Father Flynn, ANGELA GREEN as Sister James, and TANEA HEKE as Mrs Muller.
"Inspired and extraordinary" – New York Times
"Passionate, exquisite, important and engrossing" – Newsday
DOUBT 10 February – 10 March
CIRCA ONE Tuesday, Wednesday 6.30pm, Thursday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 4pm
After-show Forum – Tuesday nights.
Adults $35, Concessions $28, Groups (6+) $30
BOOKINGS: CIRCA Theatre Phone 801 7992
Calling community performers!
"Let’s use Central Park" Family Concert is happening again.
This year the date is Sunday 11 March and will run from 12:30 – 2pm at Central Park in Brooklyn.
Anyone with a group wishing to perform or for more information, please contact Lauren Fantham on 801 3876 or email:
The Australian String Quartet launch the 2007 Chamber Music New Zealand Celebrity Season with a ten centre tour in March and April 2007. This will be their first visit to New Zealand.
Formally known as the Tankstream Quartet, in 2007 they became the Australian String Quartet (ASQ). Formed in 2000, the quartet hold the distinction of having won more international chamber music competitions than any other ensemble in Australian history.
They are renowned for their distinctive musical approach demonstrated by their success in international competitions and growing prominence on the concert stage.
As the Tankstream, they performed in Hamburg, Berlin, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, London, Copenhagen, Cologne, Belgrade, Budapest and Zagreb, as well as throughout Australia and Japan. In 2004, they were chosen by the Australian government to be cultural ambassadors for the Danish Royal Wedding.
The ASQ is Sophie Rowell – violin, Anne Horton - violin, Sally Boud - viola and Rachel Johnston – cello
Amongst the Australians is New Zealander, cellist Rachel Johnston. Originally from Hamilton, Rachel has performed as a soloist in Austria, Milan, Kuwait, Edinburgh, Belfast, Paris, Australia, England and the United States.
She was awarded First Prize in her debut international competition - the Wettbewerb fűr Violoncello in Austria in 1998. Rachel has been awarded an Honours Degree in Cello Performance from the Canterbury University in Christchurch, Masters in Performance with Distinction at London University and an Artist's Diploma in Performance from the acclaimed Juilliard School in Manhattan.
'I am so thrilled to be returning to NZ. It will be the first time we have toured NZ as the ASQ; for me this tour is going to be as much a pleasure as it is business!'
Rachel returns to her home town of Hamilton for the first ever CMNZ Celebrity Season gala performance on 31 March.

They will play a programme covering unfamiliar as well as popular repertoire from centuries of inspired composition for the string quartet.
In Programme One Alban Berg's Lyric Suite tells a hidden story inspired by Berg's love for Hanna Fuchs-Robettin, the wife of a Prague businessman. From the jovial opening portrait to the desolate finale, the work's six movements become progressively more intense in expression as the lovers’ situation becomes more desperate. Berg’s writing for the four players is so detailed and complex that quartets can only approach performance of this work after many years of experience.
''They play with vigorous attack, quiet delicacy and intense concentration."
The Adelaide Review (Australia)
Programme one concludes with Schubert's most popular quartet, Death and the Maiden. A work which shows an irresistible dramatic impetus from beginning to end, it compels the listener from its first devastating chord right through to the inevitable tragic end. Nonetheless there are moments and passages of exquisite beauty and tranquillity, particularly in the wonderful "theme and variations" which comprises the slow movement.
Australian composer Carl Vine's String Quartet No 3 provides Programme two with a bang! A brilliantly virtuosic showpiece with an unashamedly romantic second movement and a rollercoaster finish. Alongside this are Haydn: String Quartet in D Opus 76 No 5 and Mendelssohn's String Quartet Opus 444 No 3 in E flat both gems from the classical repertoire.
The ASQ is Quartet-in-Residence at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide.
This ASQ tour is funded by the Scottwood Trust, a national organisation based in Hamilton. It is the first time that CMNZ has received funding from this organisation."
Programme One
Schubert: Quartettsatz D703
Berg: Lyric Suite
Schubert: Quartet in D Minor D810 Death and the Maiden
Programme Two
Haydn: String Quartet in D Opus 76 No 5
Carl Vine: String Quartet No 3
Mendelssohn: String Quartet Opus 44 No 3 in E Flat
Concert Dates
March 21 Programme 1 8pm Glernroy Auditorium, Dunedin
March 22 Programme 1 8pm The Victoria Room, Civic Theatre Invercargill
March 24 Programme 2 8pm James Hay Theatre, Christchurch
March 26 Programme 2 8om Nelson Scholl of Music, Nelson
March 27 Programme 2 8pm Wellington Town Hall, Wellington
March 29 Programme 2 8pm Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
March 30 Programme 1 8pm Century Theatre Napier, Napier
April 2 Programme 2 8pm Theatre Royal, TSB Showplace New Plymouth
April 3 Programme 1 8pm Auckland Town Hall, Auckland
All concerts Start at 8pm
For more information: visit
Two short new plays by Diane Spodarek will premiere in the NEWTOWN COMMUNITY FESTIVAL in March."Marley and Rachel & A Body Part" a brief glimpse into a love story between the homeless in New York City. Directed by Barry Lakeman, featuring Kazz Funky Blue as Marley and Paulette McIndoe as Rachel. "In the Cellar of My Heart" a short story about suicide. Directed by Marjorie McKee, featuring a solo performance by Diane Spodarek. Newtown Community Centre, Colombo St, Newtown. March 7th & 9th at 8 pm. Free.Diane Spodarek is a Canadian American New Yorker who has been living in the Wellington area since 2005. She is an award-winning writer, playwright, and actor. Diane SpodarekDianespodarek@earthlink.net
070707: UpStage Festival - call for participation
a festival of live online performances to celebrate the launch of UpStage 2
You are warmly invited to create your own original cyberformance and perform it to a global audience, using UpStage -
Purpose-built for live interactive performance events, UpStage is easy and fun to use. It works via a web browser so you don't need to download or install anything to create or attend a performance. The UpStage team can help you to learn how to use the software and give advice on devising work in UpStage and creating graphics.
To learn more about UpStage, come to the next open session: Wednesday 7 March, 9pm New Zealand time - check here for your local time:
To submit a proposal, email the following information to
- working title of your cyberformance and 3-4 sentences about it;
- names and locations of people involved;
- brief background/bios (not more than 300 words);
- preferred time(s), in your local time, for presentation on 070707;
- contact email and postal address.
Performances can be on any theme or topic - adapt a stage classic, tell your own story or go for the avant garde! The only rules are it must be no longer than 21 minutes, and must be created and performed in UpStage.
The deadline for submissions is MARCH 31 2007; selections will be made shortly after this and you will be advised as soon as possible.
The festival will take place online in UpStage, and screened at the New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington, NZ, on 070707 (7 July 2007). There is no entry fee; participating artists will be listed in a printed programme and on the UpStage web site, and will receive a DVD of the festival and copies of promotional material.
The development of UpStage 2 has been funded by the Community Partnership Fund of the New Zealand Government's Digital Strategy; project partners are CiityLink, MediaLab and Auckland University of Technology.
For futher information, email or visit

Belinda Curran’s exhibition Blindsight.
Aaron Laurence Gallery
24 February – 24 March 2007.

Belinda Curran is a mechanical kinetic artist. ‘I bring machines to life’. Her solo show, ‘Blindsight’ introduces a set of sci-fi robotic arms that will sense the viewer as they ‘probe the air as if aware of their surroundings,’ says Curran.
The name ‘Blindsight’ refers to a condition in which someone is apparently blind but if nudged, can respond to visual information without conscious perception.
‘All my work stems from an interest in science merging with humans. I am interested to see where we are going with technology, as we become our future.’
Curran started out as an English Literature graduate, but chose to pursue mechanical art after finding that she wanted to make a statement that was so solid it could not be knocked down – literally. ‘You don’t get much more solid than steel.’ As a welder’s daughter, Curran was interested in ‘making the tools that make the tools,’ and began a toolmaker’s apprenticeship. She then successfully hounded Academy award winning animatronics expert Chris Chitty to teach her how to ‘breath life into the work.’ He has been acting as her mentor ever since.
A full-time artist’s assistant to Wellington artist Elizabeth Thomson, last year Curran worked solidly on the artist’s City Gallery retrospective exhibition. She earned enough time off to enable her to work full-time over January on her own pieces and has hardly stepped out of the workshop since. ‘It is hard work’, says the artist. ‘After nine solid hours of threading the piping, tubes and valves of one robotic arm I was swearing like a trucker’.
Curran has not yet named her latest work, preferring to see what kind of qualities the work develops as a ‘living’ structure. ‘I’m looking forward to putting it in the gallery where it will acquire it’s own persona,’ she says.
There the new work will join ‘Alice’ (named by art dealer Peter Mc Cleavey), a larger-than-life mechanical spider-looking sculpture that grinds its own bony spine with sandpaper and makes pharmaceutical tablets from the powder.
Her show, ‘Blindsight’ opens at the Aaron Laurence Gallery in Lambton Quay (an underground space next door to Sounds music shop) on Saturday 24 February and runs until 24 March.

Aaron Laurence Gallery
+64 (0)274 358 985 (under construction) (Temporary but very cool)
326 Lambton Quay, BasementWellingtonNew Zealand
Open 11-6pm Tues-Fri 12-4pm SatOr by appointment
The Mighty Mighty presents….
The Berlin Bonanza
in association with the Goethe-Institut
28 Feb – 10 March 2007
Ihre Rettungsweste befindet sich unter dem Sitz (Your lifejacket is stowed under your seat)
Lebensgefahr (Danger High Voltage) it’s The Berlin Bonanza – a ten day extravaganza of all things Berlin – direct from The party capital of the world.
An eclectic range of events will be showcased at the unique cabaret environment of The Mighty Mighty Cuba St, from 28 February – 10 March (The Official Fringe Festival Bar 2007). Everything from German beer and sausage specials, to a line-up of some of the most progressive musical and DJ acts to come out of the Hauptstadt.
This project is a collaboration of The Mighty Mighty and the Goethe-Institut. It crystallised when Anna Dean of SPAM INC recently returned from a Berlin hiatus, bringing back with her top solo electro-new-wave-punk act Bonaparte and chansonette Ria Gruen. Coupled with electro legend Barbara Morgenstern and the urban grooves of Parisian Fred Avril these live music acts offer a diverse range of style and sound. The Euros will be supported throughout the spectacular by local Wellington acts who have recently played, or have a close affiliation with the city that never sleeps, or exceptional collections of German music!
Beyond the range of aural pleasure, audience members will also be invited to partake in this selection of Berlin’s best. Two revolutionary interactive bar events will be installed at The Mighty Mighty during The Berlin Bonanza – art installation Ping Pong Country and the Bar 25 Vodka Slide.
The art of Ping Pong Country is a hilarious roving game of table tennis, with country music setting the scene. It’s basically musical chairs but with Western Swing and a ping pong table. Coming from Berlin’s wild wild East, cowboys and cowgirls around the globe have been quenching their thirst for fun, drink and down home tunes for more than 6 years at various international art festivals (including SCAPE Christchurch 2006). Now it’s Wellington’s turn at the table.
Christoph Muecher, Director Goethe-Institut Wellington says, "We’re really delighted to have this smorgasbord of events happening in New Zealand. Everyone who comes along will get a grasp of the real Berlin feeling, and I’m especially keen to take out the prize of Ping Pong Country Champion!"
Meanwhile the Vodka Slide must be seen to be believed. The hottest craze in Berlin bars this summer created by Tenko, the original vodka pirate, and it will be manned by staff from Berlin’s most infamous bar, Bar 25. It involves shots, ice and pashing. That’s all we’re giving away now - you will have to see it in action.
"I’m very excited to present this injection of Berlin culture into our own Capital City" says Anna Dean. "It’s a city that certainly lives up to the hype and it was great to pick (and sample) what acts and events could work back here in New Zealand. I can’t wait to see how Kiwis react – particularly to the infamous Bar 25 Vodka Slide! I was often told by Berliners that New Zealanders are too prudish so this is a great chance to prove them wrong. Zum Wohl!"
There will be door sales for each event on the particular nights. Due to the popularity of Ping Pong Country players are advised to get in early to secure a place at the table.
THE THIRD PASIFIKA PLAYWRIGHTS DEVELOPMENT FORUM 2007 DEVELOPING VITAL VOICESA daring and bloody Maori tragedy set on the cusp of the 19th century musket wars, and a play about the survival of an afakasi family (half caste Palagi/Samoan) living in New Zealand are presented to the public alongside a morning forum for those in Auckland involved in Maori and Pacific Island theatre, as part of the Third Pasifika Playwrights Development Forum. As part of Auckland City’s Pasifika celebrations and AK07’s Watch This Space programme, on March 9 the public have a chance to see presentations of two new Pacific works in progress for the stage at THE EDGE.The forum is organised by Playmarket and funded by Auckland City Council and Creative New Zealand with support from STAMP AT THE EDGE and UNITEC. It provides support for emerging Maori and Pacific Island playwrights through development of new work and an annual chance to come together and learn from each other, says Playmarket Director Mark Amery. "We relish our rich contemporary cultural identity as a nation, yet the frameworks within the theatre mainstream for the development of the indigenous voices of Aotearoa and the Pacific remain poor," argues Playmarket Director Mark Amery. "Emerging Maori and Pacific Island playwrights are a vital force in the development of a distinctive voice in our contemporary theatre culture, yet their potential remains relatively untapped." In recognition of this, Playmarket, New Zealand's leading script development organisation and Auckland City Council came together over three years ago to provide an annual development programme for playwrights of the Pacific. The forum is part of the Celebrate Pasifika and AK07 programmes, with the programme coordinated by leading Niue/Samoan playwright and producer Dianna Fuemana.
On FRIDAY MARCH 9 THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO:2 P.M. Herald Theatre, THE EDGE. Under My Mother’s Mattress by Fiona CollinsThe story of the O’Connor family and their survival as an afakasi (half caste palagi/Samoan family) living in New Zealand. Everything sacred is kept under the mattress. Directed by Gary Henderson6.30 P.M. Herald Theatre Flintlock Musket by Kirk TorranceColoured by MacBeth, this bloody tragedy shows the explosive results when a search for mana and a desire for utu mix as the outside world crashes into an iwi, isolated, unprepared and unwilling for the arrival of strangers and muskets. Directed by Rachel House.9.30am - 12.30pm Pasifika Theatre Forum Limelight Bar, level 2, Aotea CentreAn essential event for those interested in participating in the development of Maori and Pacific island theatre in Auckland. Playwrights Fiona Collins and Kirk Torrance have worked with their directors since November 2006 on their work, their plays selected through an open application process. Working with professional directors and dramaturgs, the casts are a mix of UNITEC students and professionals.
"Too often," says Fuemana, "a play’s development for independent companies becomes secondary to the need to meet production dates. This is not always a choice that is made, but a pressure brought to bear on the writer by necessity. We hope this programme will help encourage the growth of stronger theatre development practise."
The Pasifika Playwrights Development Forum 2007 is part of Celebrate Pasifika, featuring exhibitions, conferences and performances across film, theatre, arts and crafts and other areas. The Forum is also part of the inaugural AK07 Watch This Space programme, the beginning of an initiatives by the Auckland Festival and Arts Regional Trust to identify and develop New Zealand work. For further information contact: Mark Amery, Playmarket: or Ph. (04) 382 8462/ 027 3566 128
Adam Playreading Series 2007 – deadline for scripts Friday March 30thThis is now in its eleventh year in Wellington and is set for August and September at Downstage Theatre. It provides rehearsed readings of four full-length NZ plays ready to be considered for professional production, and yet to be produced in Wellington. This is an ideal opportunity for playwrights to receive professional presentations of their full-length work at close to final draft stage. Many plays have been picked up for production as a result of this series (three of last year’s for instance).The series is organised by the Downstage Theatre Society, Playmarket and Downstage Theatre, with the generous support of The Adam Foundation.E copy of scripts (preferably – if you send hard copy please include sae if you would like it returned) should be submitted to Playmarket (, or PO Box 9767, Te Aro, Wellington) before the final deadline for submissions on Friday March 30th. Please make sure you include a full list of characters with brief description, and a brief synopsis. Please get in touch if you have any queries.
PANNZ 2007PromPT is presenting the next New Zealand’s Performing Arts MarketMarch 20 - 21, 2007 at THE EDGE in Auckland. This market is New Zealand’s sole marketplace for New Zealand and international touring works where producers, venues and festivals can meet, network, and get a glimpse of some of the incredible shows planning to tour. The 2007 market will also offer some exciting workshop opportunities for both venues and producers. If you have a play with a producer/director attached, and are interesting in being involved, check out their website:

Biography, neuropsychology, photography, China and the economy feature as seven more international guests are confirmed for the 2007 Auckland Writers & Readers Festival:
Paul Broks (UK) a neuropsyschologist whose bestselling book Into the Silent Land is a mix of neurological case studies, speculative fiction and memoir, prompting comparisons with Oliver Sacks.
Carolyn Burke (Aus/US) biographer extraordinaire of iconic photographer Lee Miller.
Percival Everett (US) winner of the 2006 PEN USA Literary Award for Fiction for Wounded and author of the cult novel Erasure.
Joanne Harris (UK) much-loved novelist and Francophile is back with Lollipop Shoes; her sequel to Chocolat.
Will Hutton (UK) best-selling politico-economics writer visits Auckland to expand on his new book The Writing on the Wall: China and the West in the 21st Century.
Patrick Marnham (UK) author of Mary Wesley’s biography Wild Mary will share the stage with Wesley’s son, literary agent Toby Eady.
Xinran Xue (China/UK) updates us with her new work and travels since the runaway success of The Good Women of China.
Already confirmed Auckland Writers & Readers Festival authors are Tim Winton, Richard Ford, Kate Grenville, Carrie Tiffany, Pico Iyer, Don Winslow and Philip Ardagh. Festival Director Jill Rawnsley says there are still a number of international guests to come - not to mention an impressive cast of local writers. There will be an announcement on further international and local guests in early March.
The final programme will be launched on 29 March, on line at and in printed format Public bookings open on Thursday 5 April at Ticketek.

Arts Residencies Rotorua are pleased to announce that applications for a Writer in Residence 2007
are now being accepted. The closing date for applications is Friday 20th April 2007.
The successful applicant will be provided with rent-free self contained accommodation, a separate workplace, and a grant paid fortnightly during the twenty weeks from Monday 11th June to Sunday 28th October 2007.
The literary achievement to date of each applicant and their ability to produce a work of substantial literary quality will be a major factor during the selection process.
The 2007 Writer's Residency in Rotorua is funded by Creative Communities Rotorua, the Rotorua District Council and The Rotorua Trust, and hosted by the Waiariki Institute of Technology and Rotorua Writers group.
Visit for further information.
Application forms are available by e/mail from also from -The Secretary
Rotorua Writers, PO Box 1972, Rotorua 3040.

Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School, is calling for proposals to research, write and undertake oversight of the publication of a history of the school. The proposed history will give a temporal narrative of the school from its inception to its present, including accounts of the people, events and milestones. Alongside this, the project will research and analyse the changes in perception of New Zealand culture(s) and the school’s place in responding to, mediating or shaping a changing landscape in performance and the arts. The project will also encompass discussion of the forward agenda including challenges and perceptions for the school’s future that are evidenced in the thinking and documentation of school practitioners and stakeholders (trustees, students, graduates, Boards and staff.

This research involves direct contact with students, past and present, teachers and mentors, archival material held within the school and by the University of Victoria and in other libraries. Ethical sensitivity will be a prime consideration and consent and clearance will be negotiated with all sources by the contracted researcher/writer.

Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School, will offer initial funding of $10,000. Further funding will be sought by the successful candidate for the project through agencies such as Creative New Zealand.
If you would like more information on the scope of the project contact Annie Ruth at Toi Whakaari
"Home and Away!
An exhibition of ceramics by Palmerston North potter Frank Light ; and paintings of NZ and Australia by Jan Thomson(Ngaio). The exhibition runs from March1st-March 15th at Gallery Frames, Ganges Rd, Khandallah.
It will feature Frank's ceramic dishes which are oven/microwave/dishwasher proof, as well as being beautiful pieces of art. Jan is showing a collection of both oil and watercolour paintings recording her painting journeys in Australia and NZ, comparing and contrasting elements of both countries.
Are you interested in leasing an artist studio in Wellington’s hub of cultural enterprise and creativity?
Toi Pōneke, Wellington's Arts Centre, located at 61 Abel Smith Street, has been established as a creative production and development facility for emerging artists of all disciplines. Since opening in July 2005, the centre has become a thriving home to many Wellington-based artists, cultural projects, and organisations. A number of studios will become available from May 2007, and we now seek applications from interested local artists.
Studio artists have access to their studios 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Studios are located over two floors of the Arts Centre and vary in size, from 12sqm to 35sqm. Rental is dependent upon the studio size, location and the number of artists working in the space, but typically ranges from $55 to $120 per week for a studio with one artist (GST and utilities inclusive). Where studios are shared by more than one person, there is an additional charge of $10 per week per artist. Studio artists have the opportunity to exhibit at Toi Pōneke Gallery and have free access to our experimental project space, Studio 29.
Other facilities at Toi Pōneke include sound-proofed music studios, project rooms and multi-purpose rooms suitable for rehearsals, dance, teaching and meetings. Arts organisations based at Toi Pōneke include Sticky Pictures, Arts Access, DANZ, Fringe N.Z. Cuba Street Carnival, Blue Room Studio, Shakespeare Globe NZ Centre and Empress Stiltdance as well as a number of independent film producers and writers.
For further information about studios and creative spaces, or to arrange a visit to Toi Pōneke, give me a call. If you know of an artist in need of creative space, feel free to pass along these details.
Studio application forms can be obtained from the website, via email or picked up from Toi Pōneke, Wellington Arts Centre.
Address: 61 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Phone: 04 385 1929
New 6 month Meisner Acting Class starting 6th March 2007
Tuesday 6pm-9pm @ The Film School
Level 2, 4-8 Oxford Terrace, Newtown.
Sandford Meisner's Acting Technique taught at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York, promotes individuality and confidence while giving students practical and effective tools to build character and performance. This once-a-week-only class will focus on the improvisational and instinctive exercises from the technique in the search for emotional truth and realistic behaviour. It is not only popular with those wanting to pursue acting seriously but also people interested in exploring their creativity and genuine, unpretentious and pragmatic self-development. Fees for the 6 month course:
Term 1 – 8 classes in March & April… $240 incl. gst (Only $30 per class)
Term 2 – 9 classes in May & June…$270 incl. gst (Only $30 per class)
Term 3 – 9 classes in July & August… $270 incl. gst (Only $30 per class)
Warning: The technique and these classes are challenging and fun. Only call if you have courage and a sense of humour. Your commitment to the entire 6 month course is a must.
Here are what some of the former students say about the course:
"Having done some pretty intensive acting courses in London and New York, I was kind of disappointed about returning home to Wellington, thinking there was really nothing of that calibre in NZ. I’m so grateful and excited that this new resource is available here." Antonia Bale
"The energy in the class is electrifying."
Samara McDowell
"The ground that I’ve been making in these first few weeks is challenging, exciting and rewarding. I’m constantly looking forward to where it’s going to take me."
Erroll Shand
"It makes you live more consciously."
Becca Graue
"It’s kind of amazing, in today’s fast way of life and instant forms of communication, like the internet etc, that we go back to something honest and true here in this class. I love working that way with other actors."
Carrie Mclaughlin
Contact Barbara Woods at or phone (027)548 7053
"Introduction to Michael Chekhov's Acting Technique"
In this 1-day workshop Bert van Dijk will introduce participants to some of the principles of Michael Chekhov’s approach to acting that eloquently connects the body with our imagination.
It is suitable for singers, dancers, actors, directors and acting, dance & voice teachers.
The total of physical and vocal actions of the performer can be seen as the vessel of a performance. It is the performer’s secret how to fill this vessel with feeling, intention and imagination.
Participants will find out how to work with Archetypal Gesture to create intention and how to work with Atmosphere to create feeling.
Date: Saturday March 30, 2007 (10.00 - 16.00)
Venue: TARARUA TRAMPING CLUB, Moncrioeff St., Mt Vic, Wellington
Cost: $35 Early Bird (If paid by March 15) / $50 Full Fee
Booking: Ph 04 233 2090 / 021 1857956
"Singing from the Souls of our Feet"
Singing is an essential part of the experience and celebration of life itself. It fulfils the human need for self-expression and belonging: to be unique and to be part of a collective. After the thundering success of last years Singing workshop Bert returns to teach a brand new collection of exciting polyphonic songs from around the world, each capturing a unique rhythm and mood!
Date: Sunday April 1, 2007 (10.00 - 16.00)
Venue: TARARUA TRAMPING CLUB, Moncrioeff St., Mt Vic, Wellington
Cost: $35 Early Bird (If paid by March 15) / $50 Full Fee
Booking: Ph 04 233 2090 / 021 1857956
All NZ charities must register no later than 1 July 2008 (that’s next year), otherwise they risk losing income tax exemption and charitable gift duty-free status along with tax rebates for donors. Registration is now officially open (this month onwards).
The website for the Charities Commission is
Locate the forms and contacts there. Now go, do it.

The New Zealand Book Council has announced an extensive season of events in Auckland and Wellington from February to June. It features local and international authors including Marina Lewycka (A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian), Conn Iggulden (The Dangerous Book for Boys), Bill Bryson, Lloyd Jones, Damien Wilkins, Carrie Tiffany and many more. For the full programme visit
Coming next from Stagecraft :
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
By Christopher Hampton
Directed by Meredith Dooley
Hampton's masterly adaptation , the basis for both the 1988 film "Dangerous Liaisons" ( staring John Malkovich, Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer) as well as the hugely successful stage play, is at once daring and delicate, exhilarating and intimate....
The notorious Vicomte de Valmont is determined to seduce virtuous Madame de Tourvel, whos' husband is absent. At the same time, the Marquise de Merteuil is determined to corrupt the young Cecille de Volanges, recently brought out of a convent to be married.
Crackling with wit and wickedness, Les Liaisons Dangereuses depicts the decadence of the French aristocracy shortly before the French Revolution, as ex-loversValmont and Merteuil play their cruel games and pervert pure innocents - with tragic results.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses is on at the Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street and runs as follows:
21 – 24 March – 8 pm
25 March - 4 pm
27, 28 March – 6.30 pm
29 – 31 March – 8 pm
Tickets are $18 waged, and $15 unwaged, members or groups of 10 or more. Remember our two for one night on Thursday 22 March.
Bookings, ph 385 0532 or book online at
As the Financial Times put it Les Liaisons Dangereuses "bristles with tart, funny and exquisitely moulded lines – supple and addictive contemporary playwriting at its very best"
is starting a CD-R "singles club"
Members of the club receive in the mail each month a brand new hand made, hand packaged, numbered, extremely limited edition split single by two awesome New Zealand bands. The tracks might be old, new, exclusive...anything I want. I might occasionally stick other stuff on the discs, like remixes...extra tracks etc...
Joining the club costs $30 per 6 months or $60 for 12 months. Do it now. See below.
A LOW HUM Singles Club:
Series 1. Jan 1st 2007 - June 30th 2007
Series 2. July 1st 2007 - Dec 31st 2007
You can join at any stage and you will receive any CDs you missed any coming in this period. As soon as June finishes the Series 1 catalogue will be deleted and will NEVER be available again. So don't muck around
This price is for sending within New Zealand only. If you live outside of New Zealand, please email: alowhum (at) for shipping options.
DIRECT CREDIT: Email - alhshop (at) and we'll give you information about how to make bank payment
CHEQUE: Send a Cheque for $30 or $60 to Blink, 55 Hall Street, Newtown, Wellington. Make sure to include your name, mailing address and email address on the back of cheque.
TRADEME: Click the following link -
Sculpture in the Country
Having seen the success of Sculpture in the Garden in Christchurch, which is now the most successful outdoor sculpture event in New Zealand, a group of local Carterton art enthusiasts identified a great opportunity to promote local sculptors and artists in the Wairarapa.
The six acres at Awaiti Garden in Chester Road, Carterton provide the perfect backdrop to enjoy quality pieces of art created from cast bronze, carved stone, wood, ceramic, steel, wire and anything else you can think of, while enjoying wine, food and music.
Sculpture in the Country is open on the 10th & 11th March and coincides with the celebration of the 150-year anniversary of the Carterton area. This is an inaugural event and is envisaged for it to be held every two years. Sculpture in the Country will showcase the works of over 50 sculptors from all over New Zealand including such well-known artists as Jeff Thomson, Paul Deans, Phil Newberry, Dave Roy, Allan Coleman, Jenny McLeod, plus many more.
Wine, beer and speciality food stalls will be selling local produce with refreshments available in the garden tearooms run by Katrina Jordan. Music will be played in the gardens by local musicians.
The beneficiary of the sale of art works will be Ronald McDonald House, which will receive the net proceeds of the sale of the artist’s works. Ronald McDonald House provides temporary accommodation for families of seriously ill children.
Fundraising mainly takes place in Wellington so this presents a great opportunity for the Wairarapa region to do its bit to support a charity it derives direct benefits from.
A form of resistance
A call out for notices of disappointments, rejections, limitations, restraints, refusals, etc. Have you ever applied for something but were turned down?
Have you received a letter which said, "After careful review of your application, we are sorry to inform you but…", "As of today your monthly bill has been increased to…", "Your power has been turned off effective immediately", "You have been fined…", "We think your ideas is utter crap…", "Ah, like, ..yeah, right!"… ? Has a notice, letter, or form of any size or shape ever had the power to make put you in a bad mood or ruined your life as you know it?
I’m collecting all notices like these from the trivial to the paramount (from the mosquito-bite notice to the crocodile-clencher).
The purpose:
To liberate you from these forms that you could otherwise trash. Trashing them is too easy of a fate.
They are another form of hurdle/ border/wall/ "anti-cruise" that we have to face, jump over, and move passed but there’s no harm in laughing at their flimsy paper form of existence.
These forms will eventually be plastered on the wall of a new artist space in the Lower Haight for defacing. You all will be invited to draw, doodle, scribble, or write your response on them at the opening.
Originals preferable, but photocopies ok.
Black out (or tape over) any personal information except for your first name.
I’ll keep everyone posted about the opening (I need to collect piles of forms first!)
Send them to:
Melissa Wyman
721 Wisconsin St. Apt # 2
San Francisco, Ca 94107
Current Exhibition
Fresh to the Valley: 1 –25 March
"Fresh to the Valley" is an exhibition of artworks by new Settlers to the Hutt Valley.
Complementing the Petone Settlers "Fusion" festival, "Fresh to the Valley" will feature a wide range of artworks, mediums and styles all created by people who have lived in the Hutt Valley for two years or less.
The Petone Settlers will be running taste tents on Saturday 3 & 10 March as part of the "Fusion" Festival. If you are visiting "Fusion" pop in to Farsite and view "Fresh to the Valley" while your there.
Artist’s Alley
We will again be running the Artist’s Alley as part of the Jackson Street Fiesta. There are still spaces available to anyone wishing to exhibit their artworks to a potential audience of thousands. It’s a great night out and an excellent chance to display and sell artworks. For further information go to or call Farsite Gallery on 04 5683488.

Volunteers needed
With a busy couple of months ahead we are looking for volunteers to be involved in some fun community activities.

Jackson Street Fiesta - Saturday 10th February, Gallery minders
New Dowse Opening – Saturday 17th February Helpers for a Children’s Mural
Sausage Sizzle volunteers. If you are planning to pop down to either event, and can spare an hour or two, please call Tony or Rachel

Poets Pub
Poets Pub, is blasting off for 2007. As a free community activity, sponsored by Creative New Zealand and the Hutt City Council through Hutt Valley Community Arts, we invite you all to come along on Monday, February 5th @ 7.30pm at the
Angus Inn Hotel. Stephen Douglas, has convened Poets Pub for a couple of years and notes, "as their first get-together we'll have an extended 'open mic' (ie. poetry from the floor on the night) session and time to mix and mingle. If
you have never been before, then, don't be shy come on by and check us out."
Meals are available at the bar, complimentary coffee and tea provided.
We welcome new and past readers to our monthly readings. Each month Poets Pub's hosts a guest poet as the main reader and provides an opportunity for you to be creative; read/perform your poetry, short story, or song with others. We plan to have at least one workshop type gathering during the year. The well known landmark, Angus Inn Hotel, is our venue, and is kindly sponsoring us by giving us the use of one of their bars again.
Monthly readings, first Monday (February 5th) at 7.30pm, venue Angus Inn's,
Murphy or Conservatory Bar, (Waterloo Rd entrance). For more, contact Convenor Stephen Douglas 569 9904

Petone Fair Day
If there are artists or craftspeople wishing to display their works during the Petone fair day (Saturday 17th February) we have a select number of stall spaces available outside the gallery for $10.00 per space, please contact Farsite Gallery to register interest.

Gallery Space available for hire
We still have a select number of spaces for exhibitions at Farsite Gallery later in the year. If you are interested in holding an exhibition of your artworks or know someone who would like to have an exhibition, we have exhibition spaces available at very reasonable rates. For further information or an application form please contact Tony @ Farsite.
That’s about all for now, look forward to seeing you all soon
Tony Yates
Ph. (04) 5683488
fax.(04) 5686553
Owhiro Bay Summer Arts Market
3 Happy Valley Road
Creative/studio space available. The two warehouses in Owhiro Bay are expanding, and new spaces are available for all kinds of creative people. Spaces vary in size, and there’s a DIY ethic to customise your work area. If interested, contact Alicia on 027 358 9192 or
Artists can register now for the 2007 show, planned for August 2-5 in Wellington. Get all the details, and begin the registration process, here
The New Zealand Poetry Society’s 2007 International Poetry Competition is under way, and closes on 30th May. There are 4 sections: Open Verse and Haiku, in adult and junior categories. The junior sections are open to young people below the age of 17 at the date of closing.
There are cash prizes, and place-winners and other selected poems will be published in The New Zealand Poetry Society’s annual Anthology, to be launched in November 2007.
This year’s judges are: James Norcliffe (Open Verse), Ernest Berry (Haiku), Bernard Gadd (Junior Open), and Patricia Prime (Junior Haiku).
Full competition details and entry forms can be obtained from the website: Last year’s results and judges’ comments are also on the website.
Further enquiries and requests for hard copies of the entry forms can be directed to:
The Competition Secretary, PO Box 5283, Wellington 6145 (enclosing a SSAE) or from:
Wellington’s first soundwalk mixes historical narrative, music, and the sound of the streets…
(Thanks Alison)
Wellington’s Taxi Drivers
You are Invited by artist Alison Jones
To participate in Thanks Driver a unique community arts project
happening in early 2007

What it is: A photographic exhibition that seeks to reveal the range and diversity of Wellington’s taxi driving community. To many, the driver is the often anonymous person who gets them from A to B safely and quickly: not particularly remembered or acknowledged after the ride is over. Thanks Driver will showcase about 25 drivers, through a series of documentary photographs by Alison Jones. The project hopes to show each taxi driver in three different situations: a portrait of the driver with his/her cab; the driver in his/her home setting, lunge, or domestic life; and the driver doing an activity or hobby that he/she is passionate about. With a series of three-fold images, Thanks Driver seeks to reveal the subjects as a unique and diverse aspect of the Wellington’s community.

What’s in it for the drivers: This project will provide an opportunity to have photography represent your life and identity to the wider community. We are inviting all of Wellington’s drivers to take part. Those who participate will help depict the multi-faceted people who drive our local taxis (musician, student, diver, dog trainer, radio presenter, artist, scientist, etc). Thanks Driver will also provide an opportunity for the subjects to present their views on life, Wellington City, and their jobs. The final images will be exhibited in late 2007, with everyone involved invited to see the photographs. The artist, Alison Jones, will also present each driver will be presented with a photographic print of their three images.

Where is it: Thanks Driver will be exhibited at the Toi Poneke/ Wellington Arts Centre gallery, 61 Abel Smith Street, in October 2007. The images collected for the project will be used for this project only. After the exhibition, the prints will be gifted to the National Library of New Zealand collection as documentary archives for the nation (if the drivers/subjects have given their permission).

Who’s involved: Alison Jones is a keen and committed Wellington artist with 16 years experience in photographing people and documentary subjects that interest her. She has a suite of work in the Wellington Museum of City and Sea collection, featuring early 1990’s railway workers and passengers on Wellington’s train platforms and suburban units. Alison would like Thanks Driver to be a collaboration between her and the participating subjects, and wants to develop the project and final images in consultation with the taxi drivers who are keen to be part of this art and community project. Initial portrait shooting will begin in January 2007.
If you are interested in being part of the Thanks Driver project
please contact Alison Jones on 021 58 4554 or 04 976 4391
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