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Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events


Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events April 2003 to May 2003

Following is a schedule of confirmed events in the City of Dunedin. This list was prepared by Dunedin City Council (DCC) City Promotions on behalf of the attractions that appear below. Please contact event organisers directly for further information and confirmation of dates and times.

APRIL 2003

Dance Week 2003

Dunedin's second Dance Week presents a week of inspiring performance and workshops by a diverse range of dance groups from Hip Hop to Classical Indian dance. Coordinated by Dunedin Cuica, Dance Week provides an opportunity to cross all cultural and ethnic barriers, and to bring people together to celebrate dance. The theme of Dance Week 2003 will be 'Dance and Rhythm', highlighting the symbiotic relationship between dance and music that is evident in dance cultures throughout the world. The emerging new dance form Capoeira is a special focus this year with the attendance of primary initiator of Capoeira in New Zealand, Grant Cole. Dance Week coincides with International Dance day on April 29.

Free Performances and Dance Classes Free lunchtime performances will be held every day in the Dunedin Community Gallery or Octagon (depending on weather). These are followed by three dance classes in a range of dance forms. Local dance groups will host the free classes, each lasting for one hour and held between 3.30pm and 7.30pm at the Community Gallery. Classes include Middle Eastern, African, Brazilian, Samoan, Classical Indian, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Maori Poi and Break Dance. More than 10 local dance groups are involved in the Dance Week programme. Entry to the dance classes is by donation.

Children's Classes An innovation for Dance Week 2003 is a series of classes specifically for children. These will include Samoan, Contemporary, Break dance and Hip-hop - styles that will appeal to the 8-14 age group. The classes will also actively target boys, who are often not catered for in dance, by providing several male dance tutors. The inclusion of the children's classes in the Dance Week programme recognises and responds to the prominence of dance in the new Arts Curriculum in schools.

Dance and Rhythm Rhythm classes will be held every day following the free dance classes. These will be run by the dance groups, which use percussion as integral part of their dance, such as Rarotongan, African, Middle-Eastern, Indian, and Brazilian groups. Cuica will provide all the drums necessary for these classes. Participants must book as there will be a maximum number per class.

Special guest: a Capoeira expert The invited guest for 2003 will be Capoeira expert Grant Cole who will take a workshop on May 3rd. Cole began learning Capoeira, in California in 1984 and returned in 1991 as a qualified instructor. There was no other established Capoeira groups in New Zealand and very little knowledge of the art form. Cole started teaching Capoeira and in 1995 formed Capoeira Pasifika/Mandinga Aotearoa, a national organisation to promote Capoeira. His students moved to other centres and set up affiliated groups. There are now groups in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch. Initial steps have been made to set up a similar group in Dunedin. Cole regularly gives specialist workshops within New Zealand and has recently graduated as a 'Professor' within the Capoeira Confederation (Brazil). Cole and Capoeira Pasifika have been involved in many dance and performing arts festivals in New Zealand including the Auckland City Celebration of the Performing Arts (Ak), Cuba Street Festival (Wgtn) and The Fringe Festival (Wgtn). His classes involve the teaching of percussion music, song, dance movement, movement sequences, fighting aspects, gymnastics and theatrics as well as historical and cultural studies. 27 April - 3 May 2003

Contact for enquiries: Paul Smith - Dance Week Publicity, phone (03) 465 7713 or (025) 966 018, email: birdseyeview@paradise.net.nz or Kate Grace - Dance Week Coordinator, phone (03) 473 7862, email: songbong@xtra.co.nz

Globe Theatre - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, directed by David Manley The first (National Theatre) production in 1967 of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead created the reputation of playwright, Tom Stoppard, virtually overnight. The play's wit, stagecraft and verbal verve remain as exhilarating today as they were then and it has since has become a contemporary classic. The play concerns the misfortunes and misadventures of two of the minor characters in Hamlet. As the action of Hamlet proceeds, largely offstage, these two, ill-fated attendants pursue their own lives, to the conclusion mentioned so casually, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead" in Shakespeare's play. The Globe Theatre's production of the play is to be performed in the 'round', in order to accentuate the travelling aspect of the play and the slightly strange and out of the real world view that the script inspires. 3 - 12 April 2003 (excluding Monday, 7 April) Globe Theatre, 104 London Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Rosemary Beresford, phone (03) 479 7273 or Box Office (03) 477 3274

Fortune Theatre - A Perfect Wedding, Robert Horden "Oh, oh! Here comes the bride!" Imagine waking up on the morning of your wedding to discover a naked stranger lying next to you. What's more, your intended is about to arrive any moment! This smash hit comedy in America and Europe - about to be made into a feature film - combines all the best elements of farce (believable people in a believable dilemma) with unbelievably comic results. Runs Until 5 April 2003 Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Lisa Scott, phone (03) 477 1695 or Box Office (03) 477 8323

Regent Theatre

Queen - It's a Kind of Magic "The Most Sensational Queen Tribute Show Ever Staged". This show is a true tribute that has been strenuously worked out to bring to the audience the magic that was Queen live. It is the closest audiences will get to seeing the real thing anywhere in the world today. It is the aim of the band to deliver the energy, costumes & showmanship of the world's greatest rock band. The band were the first Queen tribute to play on the same bill as Queen guitarist Brian May, who described the band as 'brilliant'. All the hits including 'We will Rock You', 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Fat Bottom Girls', 'We are the Champions' and many more (32) of world's greatest rock songs are performed LIVE. Craig Pescos' outrageous stage antics and personality make him the perfect Freddie Mercury; Colin Hills Red Special enables him to get as close as possible to Brian May's inimitable style; Brett Millican hammers the tubs and sings like drummer Roger Taylor; and Sean Nolan provides that unmistakable bass sound that is Queen. The band has come a long way since their humble beginnings on the pub circuit of Manchester a decade ago. The remit was simple: create the most exciting and accurate recreation of the music, look and atmosphere of a classic Queen performance. In all these things they have excelled admirably. Since 1998 the show has toured all of Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and Japan and in 2002 will see the band down under for the first time with tours booked in Australia & New Zealand. The band still feel that they have many years of touring and performing left ahead of them, as long as people want to hear the music of Queen and experience a kind of 'magic' they will be there. 3 April 2003, 8.00pm

The Wall - Dark Side of the Moon The Pink Floyd Experience presents a 3 hour show featuring Pink Floyd's 2 biggest selling albums - "The Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall". The first half in a concert format and the second half a full on theatre production with huge set, props and actors. A stunning light show, spectacular visuals and an awesome sound system. This will be the last chance to see this show before it leaves for international touring. 24 April 2003, 8.00pm

Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Scott Eady: Honeymoon on the Pigroot 2002 Frances Hodgkins Fellow Scott Eady creates a witty sculptural variation on the myth of the Southern Man. The gallery becomes a site for a boy's-own catwalk, with styling by Nicholas Blanchet - renowned international Dunedin fashion designer now living in Auckland. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until 6 April 2003

Barry Cleavin: As the Crow Flew: Sequences and Consequences As the Crow Flew: Sequences and Consequences is a major survey exhibition of this important New Zealand print-maker's work. Conceptual subtlety, skill and wit are hallmarks of his striking and often unsettling works. Exhibition developed with the assistance of Gippsland Art Gallery - Sale, Victoria, Australia Runs Until 25 May 2003

Lynn Taylor: re: Kakawai Six sculptural pieces capture the artist's memories of the relationship between herself, her father and the yacht Kakawai, which he built in Milton in the 1950s. The exhibition space recreates the feel of wharves, coast and sea, providing a space for the viewer to embark on his or her own journey of memory. 12 April - 8 June 2003

Ardour of Art: Frances Hodgkins' Path to Modernism The Dunedin Public Art Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of a permanent gallery devoted to the works of one of Dunedin's most famous daughters: Frances Hodgkins. Ardour for Art, the first exhibition in the France Hodgkins Gallery, has been curated by Linda Tyler, Curator of Pictorial Collections, Hocken Library, Dunedin. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. 29 April 2003 - ongoing

Rose Nolan: ENOUGH Based in Melbourne, and recently artist in residence at Auckland University, Rose Nolan engulfs the Big Wall with one of her signature word-works. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery project. Runs until 29 June 2003

Ronnie Van Hout: I've Abandoned Me I've Abandoned Me is a survey of fifteen years work by one of New Zealand's liveliest and most irreverent artists. In paintings, videos, photographs and sculptures, Ronnie van Hout explores what it means 'to be yourself' in an era of rapid communications and cultural sampling. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until 8 June 2003

Truth's Mirror Truth's Mirror features witty and thought-provoking juxtapositions of treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's permanent collection. This exhibition is drawn from the Gallery's visual arts collection and is curated by Tony Green, formerly Head of Department of Art History, University of Auckland. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Ongoing Exhibition

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, PO Box 5045, Dunedin Contact for enquires: Tim Pollock, phone (03) 474 3243

Otago Settlers Museum

More Than a Hobby - 25 Yeas of the Otago Excursion Train Trust In 1978 Dunedin railway enthusiasts formed the Otago Excursion Train Trust to save the experience of train excursions for Otago people. Beginning with just a few dilapidated carriages, they restored them to develop their own train. The Trust blossomed into a vibrant volunteer organisation, running excursions all over Otago and beyond, and in 1990 saved the historic Taieri Gorge line from closure. Its daily train, the Taieri Gorge Limited, developed into one of Dunedin's premier tourist attractions. This exhibition will showcase the personalities, the ambitions, and the 'can-do' attitude that saved rail travel in Otago. An Otago Settlers Museum exhibition. 12 April - 20 July 2003

Lost Food - A Colonial Culinary Past Was old Anglo-Kiwi food dreary, heavy and difficult to make? Or did great grandparents know a thing or two about growing, preparing and enjoying food? The Museum is dusting off the old recipe books, the kitchen gear and the fancy tablecloths to celebrate some old favourites. Discover what has been lost, as our food culture has moved away from traditional colonial cookery in favour of the fast, the foreign and the fashionable. An Otago Settlers Museum Exhibition. 12 April - 20 July 2003

Kai Tahu This unique exhibition focuses on the Maori people of Otago and their experiences though 150 years of European settlement. It presents key events in the recent past from a local Maori perspective. Long term display

Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Val-mai Shaw, phone (03) 474 2728

Autumn Craft Show 2003 The Dunedin Spotlight Autumn Craft Show comes to Dunedin in April with a variety of stalls containing crafts and exhibitions. 12 - 13 April 2003 Edgar Sports Centre, Portsmouth Drive, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Robert Bryson, phone (03) 453 6678

Otago Museum

Double Helix - celebrating 50 years of DNA While DNA has been around since before the first cells appeared, this year marks a very special anniversary for this clever little molecule, and the Otago Museum and the University of Otago are playing a major part in the nationwide celebrations - commencing locally in April. The Museum is having an engaging series of talks throughout April, plus exhibits and activities in the Search Centre to mark the month in which James Watson and Francis Crick first reported their discovery in 1953. Speakers include Professor Warren Tate from the University of Otago, Professor George Petersen from the Otago Institute, Professor Diana Hill from the Otago Institute, Professor David Penny from the Alan Wilson Centre and Professor David Parry, President of the Institute of Physics. April

NHNZ Film Season Audiences have the opportunity to be the first to watch these never before seen NHNZ documentaries. This stunning series of documentaries will screen in the Otago Museum's Hutton Theatre at 7pm on the last Wednesday of every month until November. If the Wednesday screening is missed, audiences will have another chance on the following Saturday and Sunday, as there will be repeat screenings at 1:30pm in the Barclay Theatre. The April documentary is Most Extreme - Gluttons and the May documentary is Treasure and Death. With only a gold coin entry there is no reason to miss this great series of documentaries. Barclay Theatre, until November

Good Morning Science We all know that we are now in a technology-driven era and we all know how important it is to educate our children about science and technology to prepare them for their futures. An exciting new programme that has been developed at the Otago Museum will help parents and caregivers take a further step towards achieving this important aim. Good Morning Science is an interactive programme set in a social surrounding that aims to give parents and other caregivers the opportunity to learn more about science and technology, and teaches them how to incorporate it into the lives of their children. Good Morning Science raises the understanding and awareness of the value of science and technology through the delivery of unique hands-on presentations as well as providing a range of ideas to help incorporate science and technology into everyday life. A series of presentations is delivered at weekly morning sessions at the Otago Museum over a 26-week period, which started on 6 March, inviting parents, caregivers and their children to come along. It has already proved to be a very popular programme with great attendance numbers, so audiences are invited to come along and support their children's future. Every Thursday at 10.00am

Guided Tours Take a 'Highlights of the Museum' guided tour and get some inside knowledge about various aspects that the Museum has on offer and/or take a guided tour of 'Southern Land, Southern People' and gain a greater understanding of the Southern region. 'Highlights of the Museum' guided tours are available at 11.30am and 'Southern Land, Southern People' guided tours are available at 3.30pm (and other times by prior arrangement). Ongoing Service - 11.30am and 3.30pm daily

Communicator Presentations Each day, the Otago Museum Communicators present fascinating 15 minute presentations on objects or themes of particular interest from the Museum's galleries. Ongoing Service, 2.00pm Daily

Search Centre Weekend Presentations The Museum's Search Centre Communicators have developed a series of Search Centre Weekend Presentations designed to help familiarise people with the excellent resources provided by this facility. Each presentation runs for about 20 minutes and will be repeated for a month before the next presentation begins. Weekends at 11.30am and 2.30pm

Ongoing Exhibitions The Museum's timbered Victorian gallery, the Animal Attic, houses an extensive collection of natural history specimens from around the world, re-displayed as they would have been in the late 1800s. A 'museum within a museum', this gallery is unique in New Zealand. Explore the Tangata Whenua Gallery with its impressive displays of Maori Cultural artefacts, including a stunning collection of Southern Maori material. The Pacific Culture Galleries display outstanding collections from Polynesia and Melanesia. People of the World has world archaeological treasures including ancient Greek pottery; a mummy and other fascinating artefacts from Ancient Egypt; a striking collection of swords; exquisite decorative arts from Asia and Europe and a superb array of costume and textiles. Walk the length of the giant Fin Whale in the Maritime Gallery, then take in the intricate detail of a wealth of nautical artefacts. Come face to face with the extinct giant moa in the Extinction and Survival area and see one of the few complete moa eggs in the world.

Search Centre Otago Museum's Search Centre research facility, provides an inviting opportunity for visitors to engage in further research on objects or themes in the galleries of interest to them. It will also be the first stop for the identification of items members of the public bring into the Museum, a service which annually attracts a huge number of objects or specimens. Well resourced, with swift new computers, microscopes, modern journals and a great variety of new books, the Search Centre offers a variety of options for seeking further information. Set in a comfortable and relaxing environment the Search Centre is the perfect place in which to think, read, study, or research. Ongoing Service

Lunchtime Music A range of musicians will liven up the atrium with live performances each week. This is now a regular fixture but is subject to change according to function demands. Museum Foyer, Fridays between 12noon and 1.30pm

Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Ryan Helliwell, phone (03) 474 7474 ext 845

Dunedin Botanic Garden - Sunday Bandstand The Dunedin Botanic Garden presents a series of band performances on its Rotunda in the heart of the Gardens. The Sunday Bandstand features the following bands: City Slickers, RSA Mosgiel and the St Kilda Brass. Every Sunday in April, 2.00pm-3.30pm Band Rotunda, Dunedin Botanic Garden, cnr Opoho Road & North Road, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Clare Fraser, phone (03) 474 9649

Dunedin Town Hall

Ben Harper and Jack Johnson Ben Harper is renowned as an explosive and magnetic live performer. A new single With My Own Two Hands has been released to coincide with the tour, and his much-anticipated new album Diamonds On The Inside is also due for release in early March. Ben is joined on the tour by friend and fellow musician Jack Johnson, who, with his single Flake setting radio playlists on fire around the world, and his second album due out in May, is riding his own wave towards superstardom. 1 April 2003, 6.30pm

Jud Arthur - Farewell Music Extravaganza A farewell concert for Jud Arthur featuring Kiwi international singers Chris Doig, Suzanne Prain, Patrick Power, Debra Wai Kapohe, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Gladys Hope, Brandon Pou, Ainslie Bannister, R.S.A. Choir and the Gala Ensemble. Featuring excerpts from 'Tosca', 'Carmen', 'Les Miserables', 'Phantom', 'Sunset Boulevard', 'Pearl Fishers', 'Madam Butterfly', 'Rigoletto' and 'Don Giovanni'. 12 April 2003, 7.00pm

The Heritage of Dance Festival This annual event celebrates International Dance Day and showcases a wide variety of dance styles and cultures in the Otago region. School groups are also included and audience participation encouraged where possible. 27 April 2003

Dunedin Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Vivienne Brooks, phone (03) 454 5522

Dunedin Centre

Paula Ryan 'Simply You' Seminar Over the past eighteen months fashion, and the way we wear it, has changed. Conducted by fashion guru Paula Ryan these seminars and workshops will help you to rethink your style and retrain your eyes. Fun, informative and inspirational, Paula's Simply You tour will be loaded with next year's fashion news and how to make it work for you. These style guide seminars and workshops make a unique gift to yourself or someone special in your life. 1 April 2003, 6.00pm

Jimmy Barnes plus Special Guests >From being frontman of legendary Aussie rockers Cold Chisel to being a massively successful solo performer in his own right, from his debut album 'Bodyswerve' through to the smash success of 'For The Working Class Man', 'Soul Deep' and 'Soul Deeper', Jimmy has carved out a place in rock folklore. He touches down in New Zealand late April/early May for a series of shows which will prove to be unmissable. 20 April 2003, 8.00pm

Leopold String Trio and Paul Lewis Chamber Music NZ presents one of the UK's finest young ensembles, the Leopold String Trio, performing with pianist Paul Lewis, one of the most sought after musicians of his generation. Performing Mozart's ground-breaking piano quartet, intense and sombre, followed by a witty and boisterous trio from Dohnanyi, an inveterate comedian with a sense of the dramatic, and Dvorak's rich writing based on traditional Czech tunes. 30 April 2003, 8.00pm

Glenroy Auditorium, Harrop Street, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

MAY 2003

Wordstruck! 2003 - "Latitudes" - A celebration of readers and writers Wordstruck! is a festival for readers and writers which is held in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand every two years. The programme for Wordstruck! 2003 - "LATITUDES" is still in the planning stages, but this will be an exciting and interesting festival. 23 - 25 May 2003 Dunedin Public Art Gallery, The Octagon, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Kerry Buchan, phone (03) 464 0337 or for further programme details check out the website at www.wordstruck.co.nz

Globe Theatre

Two plays: Mauri Tu, by Hone Kouka, directed by Hilary Halba, and Tatai, written and directed by Rua McCallum In this, the 30th year since the founding of Playmarket, the Globe Theatre is delighted to be a part of this venture into bicultural theatre, in collaboration with Kilmogo and Hapuke productions. Each of the two plays deals with issues of identity, of learning to value oneself and of finding one's own place within a society that is still uneasy about its many component parts. Both are works for solo performers. Mauri Tu was the first play of award-winning playwright, Hone Kouka, and was written and first performed in 1991. It is based on a true story and follows a period in the lives of four characters - 3 generations of one whanau, all played by one actor (Reihana Haronga in this Globe production). Mauri Tu deals powerfully with issues of identity in a country that is, at times, struggling to take account of the mixture of cultures within it - and with justice (in all senses of the word). The issues explored in this play are as potent today as they were when the piece was first written. Rua McCallum's work is inspired by the many issues facing Maori in an ever-changing society, more especially the effects that change has on our customs, traditions and environment. Her new play, Tatai, is about the transmission of knowledge through time. It explores the ways in which the handing down of knowledge may have been affected by colonization and how this is viewed through the experiences of the three main characters and their relationship to each other. 1 - 10 May 2003 (excluding Monday, 5 May)

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, directed by Andrew Morrison Is Willie Loman a tragic hero or a fool? All his life he has been a salesman, accepting without question the values placed upon his world by those around him. He is a big man, loud and cheerful, always putting the best spin on life but now, at the age of sixty, he -and we- come to realise that physical size does not equal strength, that being cheerful is not the same as being happy and that we can deceive ourselves for only so long before the realities of our existence must eventually be faced. Miller's play is set chronologically over just one day but weaves into 'real' time Willie's memories of past events and past fantasies, all of which appear as solid in recollection as does actual existence. The recent film noir, American Beauty, used a similar technique to question the status of its main character, hero or fool, and also signalled the inevitable end of the action at its beginning, the American dream - as nightmare. 22 - 31 May 2003 (excluding Monday, 26 May)

Globe Theatre, 104 London Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Rosemary Beresford, phone (03) 479 7273 or Box Office (03) 477 3274

Fortune Theatre - Equus, Peter Schaffer Equus, by renowned playwright Peter Schaffer, is a stunning drama that has become a modern classic since its premier in 1973. When a 17 year old boy is brought to a psychiatric hospital for blinding several horses with a hoof-pick, his psychiatrist begins to question the price of "normalising" his patient. As he works to make the boy safe for society he questions his own loss of worship and sexual vitality. "Passion, you see, can be destroyed by a doctor. It cannot be created". 9 - 31 May 2003 Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Lisa Scott, phone (03) 477 1695 or Box Office (03) 477 8323

Dunedin Public Art Gallery - Barry Cleavin: As the Crow Flew: Sequences and Consequences As the Crow Flew: Sequences and Consequences is a major survey exhibition of this important New Zealand print-maker's work. Conceptual subtlety, skill and wit are hallmarks of his striking and often unsettling works. Exhibition developed with the assistance of Gippsland Art Gallery - Sale, Victoria, Australia Runs Until 25 May 2003 Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, PO Box 5045, Dunedin Contact for enquires: Tim Pollock, phone (03) 474 3243

Dunedin Botanic Garden - Horticultural Talk - 'Tricks of the trade - Conserving Garden Statues' The Dunedin Botanic Garden presents a horticultural talk by Francois Leurquin, Statue Conservator on 'Tricks of the Trade - Conserving Garden Statues'. 2 May 2003, 12.00pm Information Centre, Lower Garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Clare Fraser, phone (03) 474 9649

Regent Theatre

Pickle King >From the makers of 'Krishnan's Diary' and the 'Candlestickmaker' and awarded "Production of the Year 2002" at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards, the Regent Theatre is pleased to present Pickle King. Don't miss the final instalment in Indian Ink Theatre Company's loose trilogy about love, happiness and what is worth preserving. Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis take their unique brand of theatrical magic and serve it up with relish. The Empire was once the finest hotel in town. Buffeted by the winds of change its glory is now as faded as the dreams of the piano player who haunts the lobby. Jojo is a heart surgeon. However, as a recent arrival from India the only work he can find is as a night porter in the Empire Hotel. Ammachy runs the Empire with a tight fist and has one big problem; her niece is nearly blind and she will not be married. Sasha knows she must not marry because she is cursed - everything she loves dies. One night Death checks into the Hotel. 8 - 10 May 2003, 8.00pm

The Russian Imperial Ballet - The Nutcracker The Russian Imperial Ballet who brought us 'Sleeping Beauty' will return in May 2003 to perform 'The Nutcracker'....perhaps the most famous and best-loved ballet of them all. The Nutcracker takes adults back to the days of their childhood. Through the eyes of a child enter into the fantasy world of the handsome Nutcracker, the evil King Rat, brave soldiers, dancing snowflakes, the Sugar Plum Fairy, 'The Waltz of the Flowers', 'The Spanish Dance' and 'The Chinese Dance'. 14 May 2003, 7.30pm

Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Dunedin Town Hall - NZ Symphony Orchestra A musical paella - all the colour, passion and fire of Spain under the baton of a true aficionado. Conductor Fanz-Paul Decker with Josep Colom on piano. The programme will include: Albeniz Suite: Espanole, Montsalvatge: Concierto Breve, Turina: Rapsodia Sinfonica, Falla El amor brujo: Suite and Ginastera Estancia. 8 May 2003, 8.00pm Dunedin Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Hannah Evans, phone (04) 801 3890 (media), or Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597 (bookings)

Dunedin Centre - Southern Sinfonia - Journeys of Discovery in Words and Music To celebrate Dunedin's literary festival 'Wordstruck', the Sinfonia presents three works, all of which describe a journey of discovery. Landfall in Unknown Seas, by internationally-renowned New Zealand composer Douglas Lilburn, depicts the journey of New Zealand's first settlers. Then I Understood, by Dunedin's best-known composer Anthony Ritchie, featuring the Southern Youth Choir, explores childhood recollections. Stravinsky's classic The Soldier's is a fascinating Faust- like tale of good versus evil. This concert will be conducted by the exciting young Australian conductor Kynan Johns. Sunday 25 May 2003, 3.00pm Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin Centre, Harrop Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Philippa Harris, phone (03) 477 5623 Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Dance Week 2003

Dunedin's second Dance Week presents a week of inspiring performance and workshops by a diverse range of dance groups from Hip Hop to Classical Indian dance. Coordinated by Dunedin Cuica, Dance Week provides an opportunity to cross all cultural and ethnic barriers, and to bring people together to celebrate dance. The theme of Dance Week 2003 will be 'Dance and Rhythm', highlighting the symbiotic relationship between dance and music that is evident in dance cultures throughout the world. The emerging new dance form Capoeira is a special focus this year with the attendance of primary initiator of Capoeira in New Zealand, Grant Cole. Dance Week coincides with International Dance day on April 29.

Free Performances and Dance Classes Free lunchtime performances will be held every day in the Dunedin Community Gallery or Octagon (depending on weather). These are followed by three dance classes in a range of dance forms. Local dance groups will host the free classes, each lasting for one hour and held between 3.30pm and 7.30pm at the Community Gallery. Classes include Middle Eastern, African, Brazilian, Samoan, Classical Indian, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Maori Poi and Break Dance. More than 10 local dance groups are involved in the Dance Week programme. Entry to the dance classes is by donation.

Children's Classes An innovation for Dance Week 2003 is a series of classes specifically for children. These will include Samoan, Contemporary, Break dance and Hip-hop - styles that will appeal to the 8-14 age group. The classes will also actively target boys, who are often not catered for in dance, by providing several male dance tutors. The inclusion of the children's classes in the Dance Week programme recognises and responds to the prominence of dance in the new Arts Curriculum in schools.

Dance and Rhythm Rhythm classes will be held every day following the free dance classes. These will be run by the dance groups, which use percussion as integral part of their dance, such as Rarotongan, African, Middle-Eastern, Indian, and Brazilian groups. Cuica will provide all the drums necessary for these classes. Participants must book as there will be a maximum number per class.

Special guest: a Capoeira expert The invited guest for 2003 will be Capoeira expert Grant Cole who will take a workshop on May 3rd. Cole began learning Capoeira, in California in 1984 and returned in 1991 as a qualified instructor. There was no other established Capoeira groups in New Zealand and very little knowledge of the art form. Cole started teaching Capoeira and in 1995 formed Capoeira Pasifika/Mandinga Aotearoa, a national organisation to promote Capoeira. His students moved to other centres and set up affiliated groups. There are now groups in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch. Initial steps have been made to set up a similar group in Dunedin. Cole regularly gives specialist workshops within New Zealand and has recently graduated as a 'Professor' within the Capoeira Confederation (Brazil). Cole and Capoeira Pasifika have been involved in many dance and performing arts festivals in New Zealand including the Auckland City Celebration of the Performing Arts (Ak), Cuba Street Festival (Wgtn) and The Fringe Festival (Wgtn). His classes involve the teaching of percussion music, song, dance movement, movement sequences, fighting aspects, gymnastics and theatrics as well as historical and cultural studies. Runs Until 3 May 2003

Contact for enquiries: Paul Smith - Dance Week Publicity, phone (03) 465 7713 or (025) 966 018, email: birdseyeview@paradise.net.nz or Kate Grace - Dance Week Coordinator, phone (03) 473 7862, email: songbong@xtra.co.nz

Hocken Library

Meditata: paintings by Thelma Beer and verse by Peter Frost Life's journey is explored in a series of twenty-five, metre-high, paintings by Dunedin artist Thelma Beer. The works present in a quirky mix of styles with Paul Klee-like figures floating against abstract backgrounds marking the milestones of an eventful life. Interpretive texts, by Dunedin psychotherapist Peter Frost, accompany each group of works. Runs Until 17 May 2003

Moving Still: Paintings by Gary McMillan (MFA candidate, School of Art, Otago Polytechnic) Already acclaimed as an outstanding realist painter, Gary McMillan has completed a new series of his meticulous detailed interiors in an oil on canvas in order to qualify for the degree of Master of Fine Arts from the School of Art Otago Polytechnic. A keen movie buff, Gary conceives his paintings as film stills, or moments caught from a continuous narrative. Runs Until 17 May 2003

Under the Skirts of Erebus: Frocks and Science. New designs by Fieke Neuman (Antarctic Arts Fellow 2002/2003) Lucky enough to be chosen as the first fashion designer to visit Scott Base as Antarctic Arts Fellow in November 2002, Fieke Neuman took a tailor's dummy with her and photographed it among the flag lines that mark the safe passage across McMurdo Sound. The resulting photo essay will accompany the designs for "Antarctic concept clothes" inspired by the visit. Runs Until 17 May 2003

Michael Armstrong: Metal Sculptures Born in Christchurch, Michael Armstrong studied at the University of Canterbury under Rudi Gopas and Bill Sutton, but quickly moved away from conventional painting and, by the early 1980s, was starting to sew his canvases together and paint them calligraphically front and back. His success with this innovation led to him being awarded the 1984 Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago, with a major exhibition being held at the Hocken Library at the end of his Fellowship year. For this "return to Otago" exhibition he has ventured into new territories again, making twelve pop riveted aluminium wall sculptures which spring to life with all-over vibrant colour. 24 May - 5 July 2003

Hocken Library, cnr Anzac Avenue & Parry Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Pennie Hunt, phone (03) 479 5648

Otago Museum

2002 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition The Otago Museum is pleased to present some of the best wildlife photography in the world. The dramatic scene of a buzzard and a grey heron fighting, the anticipation of a chameleon about to catch a fly, the splendour of a humpback whale blowing... the most beautiful images of our world have been captured on film in this breath-taking exhibition. These remarkable photos emanate from the international 2002 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. The exhibition features all of the 90 winning and highly commended photographs. The BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, is organised by BBC Wildlife Magazine and The Natural History Museum, and is sponsored by BG Group. Runs Until 11 May 2003

Crooks Artwork for Tender We are pleased to announce that Lindsay Crooks has generously donated a stunning oil paintings, to be put up for tender, with the proceeds going to the Museum. This magnificent artwork has been produced especially for the Museum and is based on the 'Museum Reserve' painting. The work is 1250mm by 1150mm and can be viewed in the Otago Museum Atrium. If you are a fan of Lindsay's work, or you would simply like to liven up the home or office, be sure to put your tender in before 15 May 2003. Submit tenders in writing to the Information Desk or mail to Ryan Helliwell, Marketing Officer, Otago Museum, P.O. Box 6202, Dunedin. Please be sure to include tender offer and contact details. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Atrium, until 15 May

The Living Roots of Music How many instruments can you play? None, one, maybe two... what about 25! The Otago Museum is delighted to announce that Lauren Pelon, recipient of the 2001 "Artist of the Year" award from South Eastern Minnesota Arts Council, will be here from the United States to captivate and enthral audiences in May with her fervent voice and her extraordinary talents. Ms Pelon traces the story of music and performs music from the 1st to the 21st centuries on over 25 ancient and modern wind, string, free-reed and percussion instruments, from the lute and guitar to the recorder and pennywhistle. The Living Roots of Music concert performance features music from ancient Greece, medieval and renaissance Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. Lauren Pelon will be taking the stage and enchanting audiences at the Museum on 15 May at 7:30pm for a public performance and again on 16 May at 10am and 11:30am for school performances. This is an immensely entertaining event that is free to the public and is not to be missed! Booking is essential as numbers are limited. Hutton Theatre, 15 May at 7:30pm and 16 May at 10am &11:30am

2003 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition The Otago Musuem invites participants to take a photograph of an animal, plant or an example of human impact on the environment and enter the 2003 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition. Following the success of the 2000, 2001, and 2002 competitions, the Otago Museum, NHNZ, Jonathan's Camera and Video, Nikon and the 'Otago Daily Times' have come together again to bring this exciting photographic opportunity to the community of Otago. Residents of Otago who have taken a photo in one of the listed categories since January 2002 are encouraged to enter - to be in to win a fantastic first prize of $1,500 worth of Nikon equipment from Jonathan's Camera and Video. This year's categories are Plant Animal, and Human Impact on the Environment and entries are welcomed from Amateur and Professional photographers alike. Entries must be submitted to the Otago Museum as 6" x 8" unmounted prints. Entry forms are available from the Otago Museum, NHNZ and Jonathan's Camera and Video. Entries Close 30 May 2003, 5.00pm

Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Ryan Helliwell, phone (03) 474 7474 ext 845

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For further information, please contact Dunedin City Council City Promotions, Kerry MacKenzie at phone (03) 474 3409, email kmackenz@dcc.govt.nz - or Jennifer Hooker at phone (03) 474 3815, email jhooker@dcc.govt.nz

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MEDIA ALERT!

Issue date: 20 March 2003

Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events June 2003 to July 2003 ___________________________________________________________________________ Following is a schedule of confirmed events in the City of Dunedin. This list was prepared by Dunedin City Council (DCC) City Promotions on behalf of the attractions that appear below. Please contact event organisers directly for further information and confirmation of dates and times.

JUNE 2003

Mid Winter Carnival Dunedin's annual Mid Winter Carnival is a unique processional event celebrating the turn of the seasons with a spectacular performance in the city centre. Giant lanterns, fireworks, stilt performance, flag dancers, giant puppets and exotic music create an unforgettable journey. Local dance and performance groups are incorporated into the performance, which involves a procession of performers and audience around the Octagon. A series of public workshops in lantern making and giant puppet construction are held prior to the event with several local schools also involved. Dunedin's Mid Winter Carnival attracts an increasingly large and supportive audience every year. Over two thousand people attended last year's event forcing organisers to change the event to accommodate the numbers. This year the barriers between audience and performers will be dispensed with creating a true carnival atmosphere. One night only. When the clock above the Municipal Chambers in the Octagon sounds 6, the Carnival begins! 21 June 2003 The Octagon, Dunedin Contact for media enquiries: Paul Smith, phone (03) 465 7713, or (025) 966 018, or email: birdseyeview@paradise.net.nz

Fortune Theatre - The Wind in the Willows - by Kenneth Graham (adapted by Alan Bennett) Ever since the publication of Kenneth Grahame's novel in 1908, his characters of Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger have delighted generations of readers. Now Alan Bennett's acclaimed stage adaption opens up this magical world for adults and children alike. Following in the footsteps of last year's production of 'The Jungle Book', The Wind in the Willows is certain to be an unforgettable treat for all the family. 27 June - 19 July 2003 Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Lisa Scott, phone (03) 477 1695 or Box Office (03) 477 8323

Dunedin Town Hall - Southern Sinfonia - Beethoven's Fifth Symphony There is no symphony opening quite as instantly-recognisable as Beethoven's "Fifth", and concert audiences the world over flock to hear this favourite work. Complementing this are Milhaud's Concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone, featuring Sinfonia's newest recruit Dutch percussionist Arnold Marinissen, and English composer John Rutter's Requiem to be sung by the City of Dunedin Choir, and exciting young Dunedin soloist Emma Fraser. Saturday 21 June 2003, 8.00 pm Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Philippa Harris, phone (03) 477 5623 Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Lynn Taylor: re: Kakawai Six sculptural pieces capture the artist's memories of the relationship between herself, her father and the yacht Kakawai, which he built in Milton in the 1950s. The exhibition space recreates the feel of wharves, coast and sea, providing a space for the viewer to embark on his or her own journey of memory. Runs Until 8 June 2003

Ardour of Art: Frances Hodgkins' Path to Modernism The Dunedin Public Art Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of a permanent gallery devoted to the works of one of Dunedin's most famous daughters: Frances Hodgkins. Ardour for Art, the first exhibition in the France Hodgkins Gallery, has been curated by Linda Tyler, Curator of Pictorial Collections, Hocken Library, Dunedin. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Ongoing Exhibition

Rose Nolan: ENOUGH Based in Melbourne and recently artist in residence at Auckland University, Rose Nolan engulfs the Big Wall with one of her signature word-works. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery project. Runs until 29 June 2003

Ronnie Van Hout: I've Abandoned Me I've Abandoned Me is a survey of fifteen years work by one of New Zealand's liveliest and most irreverent artists. In paintings, videos, photographs and sculptures, Ronnie van Hout explores what it means 'to be yourself' in an era of rapid communications and cultural sampling. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until 8 June 2003

Truth's Mirror Truth's Mirror features witty and thought-provoking juxtapositions of treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's permanent collection. This exhibition is drawn from the Gallery's visual arts collection and is curated by Tony Green, formerly Head of Department of Art History, University of Auckland. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Ongoing Exhibition

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, PO Box 5045, Dunedin Contact for enquires: Tim Pollock, phone (03) 474 3243

Otago Museum

NHNZ Film Season Audiences have the opportunity to be the first to watch these never before seen NHNZ documentaries. This stunning series of documentaries will screen in the Otago Museum's Hutton Theatre at 7pm on the last Wednesday of every month until November. If the Wednesday screening is missed, audiences will have another chance on the following Saturday and Sunday, as there will be repeat screenings at 1:30pm in the Barclay Theatre. The April documentary is Most Extreme - Gluttons and the May documentary is Treasure and Death. With only a gold coin entry there is no reason to miss this great series of documentaries. Barclay Theatre, until November

Good Morning Science We all know that we are now in a technology-driven era and we all know how important it is to educate our children about science and technology to prepare them for their futures. An exciting new programme that has been developed at the Otago Museum will help parents and caregivers take a further step towards achieving this important aim. Good Morning Science is an interactive programme set in a social surrounding that aims to give parents and other caregivers the opportunity to learn more about science and technology, and teaches them how to incorporate it into the lives of their children. Good Morning Science raises the understanding and awareness of the value of science and technology through the delivery of unique hands-on presentations as well as providing a range of ideas to help incorporate science and technology into everyday life. A series of presentations is delivered at weekly morning sessions at the Otago Museum over a 26-week period, which started on 6 March, inviting parents, caregivers and their children to come along. It has already proved to be a very popular programme with great attendance numbers, so audiences are invited to come along and support their children's future. Every Thursday at 10.00am

Guided Tours Take a 'Highlights of the Museum' guided tour and get some inside knowledge about various aspects that the Museum has on offer and/or take a guided tour of 'Southern Land, Southern People' and gain a greater understanding, of the Southern region. 'Highlights of the Museum' guided tours are available at 11.30am and 'Southern Land, Southern People' guided tours are available at 3.30pm (and other times by prior arrangement). Ongoing Service - 11.30am and 3.30pm daily

Communicator Presentations Each day, the Otago Museum Communicators present fascinating 15 minute presentations on objects or themes of particular interest from the Museum's galleries. Ongoing Service, 2.00pm Daily

Search Centre Weekend Presentations The Museum's Search Centre Communicators have developed a series of Search Centre Weekend Presentations designed to help familiarise people with the excellent resources provided by this facility. Each presentation runs for about 20 minutes and will be repeated for a month before the next presentation begins. Weekends at 11.30am and 2.30pm

Ongoing Exhibitions The Museum's timbered Victorian gallery, the Animal Attic, houses an extensive collection of natural history specimens from around the world, re-displayed as they would have been in the late 1800s. A 'museum within a museum', this gallery is unique in New Zealand. Explore the Tangata Whenua Gallery with its impressive displays of Maori Cultural artefacts, including a stunning collection of Southern Maori material. The Pacific Culture Galleries display outstanding collections from Polynesia and Melanesia. People of the World has world archaeological treasures including ancient Greek pottery; a mummy and other fascinating artefacts from Ancient Egypt; a striking collection of swords; exquisite decorative arts from Asia and Europe and a superb array of costume and textiles. Walk the length of the giant Fin Whale in the Maritime Gallery, then take in the intricate detail of a wealth of nautical artefacts. Come face to face with the extinct giant moa in the Extinction and Survival area and see one of the few complete moa eggs in the world.

Search Centre Otago Museum's Search Centre research facility, provides an inviting opportunity for visitors to engage in further research on objects or themes in the galleries of interest to them. It will also be the first stop for the identification of items members of the public bring into the Museum, a service which annually attracts a huge number of objects or specimens. Well resourced, with swift new computers, microscopes, modern journals and a great variety of new books, the Search Centre offers a variety of options for seeking further information. Set in a comfortable and relaxing environment the Search Centre is the perfect place in which to think, read, study, or research. Ongoing Service

Lunchtime Music A range of musicians will liven up the atrium with live performances each week. This is now a regular fixture but is subject to change according to function demands. Museum Foyer, Fridays between 12noon and 1.30pm

Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Ryan Helliwell, phone (03) 474 7474 ext 845

JULY 2003

Regent Theatre - Royal NZ Ballet "Romeo and Juliet" Choreographer Christopher Hampson is the UK's hottest classical ballet talent, his work hailed as a triumph of imagination and energy. From ballroom to balcony, this new production has the look of La Dolce Vita era Italy. The sophisticated and sumptuous designs by Tracy Grant and evocative lighting design by John Rayment are set off by bold brushstrokes of the richest and bloodiest red. Set to Prokofiev's celebrated score, this captivating classical production resonates with passion and dramatic intensity. 11 July 2003, 7.30pm Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Fortune Theatre - The Wind in the Willows - by Kenneth Graham (adapted by Alan Bennett) Ever since the publication of Kenneth Grahame's novel in 1908, his characters of Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger have delighted generations of readers. Now Alan Bennett's acclaimed stage adaption opens up this magical world for adults and children alike. Following in the footsteps of last year's production of 'The Jungle Book', The Wind in the Willows is certain to be an unforgettable treat for all the family. Runs Until 19 July 2003 Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Lisa Scott, phone (03) 477 1695 or Box Office (03) 477 8323

Hocken Library

Michael Armstrong: Metal Sculptures Born in Christchurch, Michael Armstrong studied at the University of Canterbury under Rudi Gopas and Bill Sutton, but quickly moved away from conventional painting and, by the early 1980s, was starting to sew his canvases together and paint them calligraphically front and back. His success with this innovation led to him being awarded the 1984 Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago, with a major exhibition being held at the Hocken Library at the end of his Fellowship year. For this "return to Otago" exhibition he has ventured into new territories again, making twelve pop riveted aluminium wall sculptures which spring to life with all-over vibrant colour. Runs Until 5 July 2003

John Turnbull Thomson: nineteenth century painter and surveyor of the south Last year saw the unveiling of a monument to John Turnbull Thomson at Ranfurly to commemorate the role he played in shaping the unique culture of Central Otago and the Maniototo. Names like Eweburn, the Horse Range and the Pig Root all owe their origin to Thomson who was chief surveyor for Otago. This exhibition traces Thomson's origins as a civil engineer in England, and his years in Malaya as well as his involvement in mapping the interior of the south of New Zealand. For the first time in more than a decade a large collection of the 225 oils and watercolours by Thomson in the Hocken Library pictorial collection will be on display together, along with a range of previously unexhibited works from the Hall-Jones family collection. 11 July - 4 October 2003

Hocken Library, cnr Anzac Avenue & Parry Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Pennie Hunt, phone (03) 479 5648 for enquiries: Ryan Helliwell, phone (03) 474 7474 ext 845

Otago Settlers Museum

More Than a Hobby - 25 Yeas of the Otago Excursion Train Trust In 1978 Dunedin railway enthusiasts formed the Otago Excursion Train Trust to save the experience of train excursions for Otago people. Beginning with just a few dilapidated carriages, they restored them to develop their own train. The Trust blossomed into a vibrant volunteer organisation, running excursions all over Otago and beyond, and in 1990 saved the historic Taieri Gorge line from closure. Its daily train, the Taieri Gorge Limited, developed into one of Dunedin's premier tourist attractions. This exhibition will showcase the personalities, the ambitions, and the 'can-do' attitude that saved rail travel in Otago. An Otago Settlers Museum exhibition. Runs Until 20 July 2003

Lost Food - A Colonial Culinary Past Was old Anglo-Kiwi food dreary, heavy and difficult to make? Or did great grandparents know a thing or two about growing, preparing and enjoying food? The Museum is dusting off the old recipe books, the kitchen gear and the fancy tablecloths to celebrate some old favourites. Discover what has been lost, as our food culture has moved away from traditional colonial cookery in favour of the fast, the foreign and the fashionable. An Otago Settlers Museum Exhibition. Runs Until 20 July 2003

Kai Tahu This unique exhibition focuses on the Maori people of Otago and their experiences though 150 years of European settlement. It presents key events in the recent past from a local Maori perspective. Long term display

Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Val-mai Shaw, phone (03) 474 2728

Dunedin Centre - Southern Cross Soloists Chamber Music New Zealand present's some of Australia's finest chamber music soloists performing as an ensemble of stars. Their New Zealand tour will premiere a new work for wind and piano by Gillian Whitehead, commissioned by Chamber Music NZ. 20 July 2003 Glenroy Auditorium, Harrop Street, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

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