Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Boynton Adds Songs to ‘Desire’

Boynton Adds Songs to ‘Desire’

The final member of a star cast was confirmed today with singer Mere Boynton added to Songs and Dances of Desire: In Memoriam Carmen Rupe.

She joins a top group of artists that includes dancer Jason Moore, mezzo-soprano Anna Pierard, Japanese guitarist Norio Sato, director Warwick Broadhead, conductor Kenneth Young and China’s first countertenor, Xiao Ma.

The work, which is presented by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) for the Auckland Arts Festival, is the latest from APO Composer-in-Residence Jack Body, and is dedicated to the legendary drag queen, Wellington mayoral candidate, King’s Cross personality and fearless equal rights campaigner Trevor Rupe, known to all as Carmen.

Although most of the music is newly composed, Body says Songs and Dances of Desire has been more than 20 years in the making.

“I first conceived of the work in 1991, and a much shorter version, called Carmen Dances, was performed as a concert piece in 2002, so to finally complete and present it as I’d always imagined is special.”

Songs and Dances of Desire is part classical work, part cabaret, with allusions to Bizet’s opera Carmen running throughout. Its composer calls it “an entertainment,” and describes it as “kitsch and sexy and naughty, with darkness and power and things that will frighten people. It will be a total experience.”

“This is a significant work by a significant composer and we are proud to stage it at the festival,” says APO Chief Executive Barbara Glaser. “Carmen is an almost mythical figure both here and Australia, and Songs and Dances of Desire does justice to her memory.”

In the spirit of Carmen, and Body’s music, people are encouraged to dress colourfully.


WHO: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
WHAT: Songs and Dances of Desire: In Memoriam Carmen Rupe, by Jack Body
WHERE: Auckland Town Hall
WHEN: 8pm, Friday 8 March
WITH: Mere Boynton, Warwick Broadhead, Xiao Ma, Jason Moore, Anna Pierard, Norio Sato and Kenneth Young
MORE: apo.co.nz
BOOKINGS: buytickets.co.nz / (09) 357 3355

Songs and Dances of Desire: In Memoriam Carmen Rupe is generously supported by the Stout Trust and the Lilburn Trust

SUMMER MATINÉE | presented by Chapman Tripp | A summer picnic with a musical twist. Popular and classical favourites with soprano Penelope Mills and MC Tama Waipara | Government House, Mt Eden | Tickets and more information, click HERE
Winner of a New Zealand Diversity Award, bestowed by the Human Rights Commission, 2012
Support the APO annual appeal



Xiao Ma - web


Carmen_credit Jack Body - SM


Jack Body NZSM-portrait


Mere Boyntonjpg - web

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Caracals: Small Cats With Big Ears Arrive At Wellington Zoo

Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Monarchy: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Expecting Second Child

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. More>>

ALSO:

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news