Irene Wood Moon at the Bottom of the Garden
Arts Festival Dunedin
Belgian singer Micheline Van Hautem tests her swing in the Glenroy Auditorium yesterday before her first Arts Festival Dunedin performance.
A theatre work was born when a Tongan woman became tired of performing as other nationalities and never her own.
Atamira Dance company artistic director Moss Patterson (front) leads (from left) Heather Grant, Koren Allpress, Kate Sullivan, Swaroopa Unni and Miriam Marler in a workshop yesterday at the University of Otago's physical education department.
Micheline van Hauten, with guitar accompanist Ben Hauptman, entertained in the Glenroy Auditorium last evening, bringing to life many of the songs written and performed by her Belgian compatriot Jacques Brel (1929-78).
In a city not especially renowned for its hard-core jazz following, it is wonderful to see such a finely tuned unit as the Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra consistently hit its straps at every outing.
A thoroughly engaged and captivated audience at Olveston attended the performance of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's narrative poem, Enoch Arden.
Selilia Pusiaki's Sei 'O Fafine opened last night, with the first of two performances. It was an interesting work, based on a rather simple storyline: a family of Tongan women over the year following the death of their father and husband.
Tony Tarasiewicz, of Dunedin (left), joined folk musicians Jugoslav Hadzic and Anastasia Tasic, of Belgrade, of the band Balkan Sounds, at the Otago Farmers Market on Saturday.
A full house clapped, cheered and stamped their way to three encores from the Modern Maori Quartet after an evening of wonderful close harmonies and sly wit - all delivered with down-home warmth.
Beyond, from Queensland-based company Circa, opened its two-night season as part of Arts Festival Dunedin last night.
A hundred and fifty people graced the Coronation Hall, splendidly set out in cabaret-style seating and soft illumination for a night of ''acoustic collaboration'' - just before the rain came down, adding to the subdued ambience.
An unusual collaboration: Dunedin's Ake Ake Theatre Company has teamed up with Belgrade's Hleb (Bread) Teatar to explore some little-known aspects of World War 1 and the ways in which it affected Serbians and New Zealanders.
Sara McDougall's play Moon at the Bottom of the Garden, had the audience laughing with glee and recognition and weeping at the pain of addiction through generations, solo-parenting and family secrets creating divides.
Sustained applause from a good-sized audience in St Paul's celebrated the performance of an exquisite collection of local recent compositions and their overseas influences.
Michael Hurst is one of New Zealand's most recognisable and respected performers. He is also a renowned theatre and television director. At Arts Festival Dunedin he performs in his solo show No Holds Bard. Gillian Thomas put some questions to him.