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Today in New Zealand International Arts Festival history: Toi Mana, Tu Mahi Toi, Festival Picnic (2004), Schoolfest (2006), Frisky & Mannish (2010), Raoul and NZTrio (2012)

Last one!  It’s the closing day of the New Zealand International Arts Festival in Wellington, so I’m wrapping up this series here.  Hope it’s been interesting! From 2004, we’ve got three events; Toi Mana, Tu Mahi Toi and the last of the Festival Picnics in Frank Kitts Park.  Tu Mahi Toi was (as I recall) [...]

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Today in New Zealand International Arts Festival history: Schools Tour (2004), Parsifal (2006), La Vie & Festival Setup (2008)

Almost there – only one day left of this look back at the New Zealand Festival over the past decade or so.  Of course, the Festivals we’re looking back at were winding up too, so today we’ve got more people than shows, as naturally there were fewer & fewer rehearsals for me to attend & [...]

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Today in New Zealand International Arts Festival history: The Prophet (2004) & Revolt of the Mannequins (2010)

Wow, we’re getting towards the end of the Festival, aren’t we!  Well, there’s still time for a few more shows – this one’s Hone Kouka’s play The Prophet from 2004, by Taki Rua Theatre; and a rare example of when I had to do an actual ‘photo call’ for a show, rather than being able [...]

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Today in New Zealand International Arts Festival history: Ravi Shankar, Mark Twain & Me in Maoriland (2010) and Hohepa (2012)

It was a pleasant surprise to be asked to pop over to Ravi Shankar‘s sound check on the afternoon of his concert – I don’t think I was really expecting to get a chance to photograph him or the show, but I tailed Festival Director Lissa Twomey over to greet him and spent a bit [...]

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Today in New Zealand International Arts Festival history: The Overcoat (2004), Body Movies (2008) & The Arrival (2010)

Another three-show day, today; this time, starting in 2004 with a production from my old home town of Toronto!  One of the few times English-Canadian theatre has visited New Zealand – in fact, I’m hard pressed to think of another – this was The Overcoat, an entirely wordless work that totally won audiences over, and [...]

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Today in New Zealand International Arts Festival history: Cookin’ (2004), Once Upon A Deadline (2008), Don McGlashan (2010) & The Maori Troilus and Cressida (2012)

Four shows today – first is Cookin’ (Nanta), which apparently is the most popular show in Korea and toured to Broadway just before it came to New Zealand!  I remember enjoying it, but also that I had no idea the cook in the fourth photo was going to throw that onion in the air and chop [...]

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Today in New Zealand International Arts Festival history: Velocities II (2004), Holy Sinner (2006), Black Watch (2008), The Animals & Children Took To The Streets and Writers & Readers Launch (2012)

Chamber orchestra Stroma followed up their 2002 concert with Velocities II in the Wellington Town Hall in ’04; and this photo from the sound check became one of their main images for most of the next decade, which was nice!  They’re a great ensemble, wish I could see more of them. The Holy Sinner was [...]

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Today in New Zealand International Arts Festival history: Out Of Order (2002), Akram Khan & Where We Once Belonged (2008)

Two shows and a workshop, today – first is Out Of Order, from the Out & About series in 2002.  Looking at the photos, I remember the show pretty well – I feel like the performer was French, but of course the phone box was sourced & branded locally so it would look normal.  I [...]

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Today in New Zealand International Arts Festival history: Indian Ocean (2002), Verona (2004), Don McGlashan (2006) & Giselle (2008)

A good selection today!  First up is Indian Ocean, a band that appeared in Civic Square as part of the Out & About section of the Festival (which one year was run by a Canadian, to much hilarity in the office) – and second isn’t from a show, it’s the band Verona from the show [...]

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Today in New Zealand International Arts Festival history: Mahinarangi Tocker (2004) & Ship Songs (2010)

Continuing from yesterday’s rehearsal photos, here are a few images of Mahinarangi Tocker’s 2004 concerts in the Festival Club / Pacific Crystal Palace tent – I went back the following day to photograph the school’s performance in the afternoon, then again in the evening to enjoy the show myself.  These are a mix of both [...]