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Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events April-May 2004

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Issue date: 26 January 2004 Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events April 2004 to May 2004

Following is a schedule of confirmed events in the City of Dunedin. The Dunedin City Council (DCC) City Marketing distributes the information on behalf of the attractions that appear below. Please contact event organisers directly for further information and confirmation of dates and times.

APRIL 2004

Dunedin Centre

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - Subscription Season 2004 Musical Director James Judd opens the 2004 Season with soprano Margaret Medlyn and some of the most heart-rending music ever written: The concert features Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs, which are perfectly complemented by Mahler's large-scale and thrilling Seventh Symphony. 1 April 2004, 8pm Dunedin Town Hall Contact for enquiries: Hannah Evans on (04) 801 3833/ (025) 300 680

Chamber Music New Zealand - Jerusalem Quartet (Israel) Chamber Music New Zealand presents the Jerusalem Quartet direct from Israel and features Alexander Pavlovsky and Sergei Bresler on violin, Amihai Grosz, viola and Kyril Zlotnikov, cello. The concert programme includes works by Beethoven String Quartet in G Opus 18 No.2; Shostakovich: String Quartet No.4 in D Opus 83; Rakhmaninov: Romance in G minor; and Dvorak: String Quartet in F Opus 96 'American'. 22 April 2004, 8.00pm Glenroy Auditorium Contact for enquiries: Dot Duthie, phone (03) 481 1382; 0800 266 2378

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

ReFuel Bar

Shapeshifter The Christchurch four-piece band has established themselves as the most devastating live dance act in New Zealand. 'Been Missing features the soulful vocal talents of MC P-Diggity, easily one of the best MCs in NZ. On this track he switches to a singsong approach and the results are quite breathtaking, coming off as some kind of Antipodean's Marvin Gaye over a fat, rolling backing track. Sheer brilliance. 2 April 2004, 10.00pm

Salford Lads Club The Salford Lads' Club, the ultimate Smiths Tribute Band formed at the end of 2001 and overcame 'a shyness that is criminally vulgar' to finally take to the stage in 2003. Since then fans have burst out of closets everywhere, travelling from around the country to witness the debut gigs in their hometown of Wellington. Over 150 were turned away from their first show due to a capacity crowd. 10 April 2004, 8.00pm

ReFuel, Underground, University of Otago, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Scott Muir, phone 021 440 160

Milford Galleries Dunedin - Wayne Barrar - Sightlines South Sightlines South alludes to the geographical location and nature of Wayne Barrar's stunning black and white photographs in this up-coming exhibition. It comprises of earlier Mason Bay works and a new series of landscape works from the southern South Island, including around Monowai. 3 - 21 April 2004 Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Diana Hennessy, phone (03) 477 7727

Hocken Library

Digital Mosaics: Exhibition by Sara Hughes Frances Hodgkins Fellow 2003 Using a range of methods and materials to create large-scale painting and installations, Sara Hughes is spending her Frances Hodgkins Fellowship year in Dunedin researching textile history in the City. Her imagination has been captured by the story of the weavers from Paisley in Scotland who immigrated to Dunedin to form the settlement of Little Paisley in the south of the city. Sara has been working as an artist for ten years, and in previous exhibitions has reproduced fabric patterns on walls as a metaphor for how structure is applied in all aspects of human existence. Another interest is in the invisible digital transmission of images whereby complex codes of pattern reassemble images across the Internet pixel by pixel. Her practice is described as "painting" but not in the traditional paintbrush and easel sense. Through her use of new imagery and site-specific locations she is suggesting that painting has entered a new era in the digital age, and it is the modern painter's task to address what painting is and how it can operate. Runs Until 8 April 2004

Thomas Morland Hocken: Collector of Maori Artefacts The Hocken Library and Otago Museum are collaborating to present this stunning exhibition, which addresses a largely unexplored aspect of Dr Hocken's collecting activities - namely his interest in Maori artefacts. Well known now for his library of New Zealand-related books and manuscripts gifted to the people in 1910, Hocken's ethnographic collection also subsequently formed the core of the Maori holdings at the Museum. The exhibition combines a selection of original Maori artefacts with photographs, pictures and written material providing a fresh insight of a benefactor intent on putting the record straight and preserving the nation's heritage before it was lost. Hocken Library, corner Anzac Avenue & Parry Street, Dunedin 16 April - 10 July 2004 Hocken Library, cnr Anzac Avenue & Parry Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Pennie Hunt, phone (03) 479 5648

Fortune Theatre - 30 anniversary season 1974-2004 proudly providing 30 years of excellent professional theatre for the Otago community.

Love Off the Shelf, book by Roger Hall, lyrics by A.K. Grant and music by Philip Norman As a part of our thirtieth anniversary celebrations the Fortune Theatre is proud to present a revival of one of Roger Hall's most popular shows - and a musical to boot. First premiered at The Fortune Theatre in 1986 and subsequently staged in Australia and the UK, Love off the Shelf parodies every cliché of the romantic novel genre. John and his assistant, Mary, are working on a project with great literary merit, but one that's hardly a money-spinner. They both dream of what it could be like to be famous and successful writers. To keep the wolf from the door, and possibly to exorcise some romantic demons of their own, both John and Mary, unbeknown to each other, request instructions from True Love Publishers on how to write and sell romantic fiction. The result is a hilarious musical journey where fact and fiction collide. Runs Until 10 April 2004

The Daylight Atheist - written by Tom Scott The Daylight Atheist is a bittersweet New Zealand comedy...with sarcasm. The Fortune Theatre presents the Dunedin premier of this tragic comedy, which has performed to capacity audiences throughout the country. The show has garnered great success with John Daly-Peoples, The National Business Review, stating: 'Scott delivers a theatre milestone' and Timothy O'Brien, Dominion Post: 'Room with a view of a truly great theatrical drunk'. April 16 - May 8 2004

Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Lisa Scott, phone (03) 477 1695 or Box Office (03) 477 8323

Otago Settlers Museum

Fashion on Wheels: The New Zealand Gown of the Year 10 April - 7 June 2004

New Rugby: Photographs by Stephen Rowe and Brett Whincup Photographers Stephen Rowe and Bret Whincup have been using their cameras to capture the essence of New Zealand's number one sport since 1999. The resulting body of work embodied in this exhibition gives an interesting focus on the sport - the teams, the traditions, the spectacle and the upheavals - from grass roots to the professional level. Runs Until 7 June 2004

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

Cleveland Living Arts Centre

Rod Eales Dunedin Artist Rod Eales presents a solo show of her latest paintings 13 April - 27 April 2004

Telling Our Stories Work created by women who have suffered head injuries during an eight-week course working with artists. 26 April - 2 May 2004

Cleveland Living Arts Centre, 1st floor, Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Kari Morseth, phone (03) 477 7291

Globe Theatre - Mothers and Fathers (2002) - by Joe Musaphia and directed by David Manley Joe Musaphia's comedy is one of New Zealand's most commercially successful plays. The play's theme was much ahead of its time (mid 1970s) because it dealt with a couple's desperate desire for parenthood and their decision to satisfy that desire through surrogacy. At that time, however, there was no artificial way of ensuring pregnancy of the surrogate mother; fertilisation had to be accomplished by conventional means - and did not always occur at the first attempt. The effect of this 'connection' on the characters, two couples, forms the heart of this play. Musaphia has recently updated his script and characters to make them more relevant to the 21st century. Nevertheless, the play's themes of love, despair - and can your really trust your wife or husband? - remain as pertinent as ever. 15 - 24 April 2005, (excluding 19 April) Globe Theatre, 104 London Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries; Rosemary Beresford, phone (03) 4797273 (day); (03) 4780248 (evening) Contact for bookings: Globe Theatre Box Office, phone (03) 4773274

Blue Oyster Gallery

Iain Cheesman - If this is your desire Using objects of desire and the advertising that accompanies such desire, Cheesman looks at shopping and our culture of want in terms of the big picture. He imagines Captain James Cook, staggering through the mall with King George's shopping list in one hand "Cook! Bring me lands and precious gems from mines..." Here we get a chance to view Cheesman's bags, small paintings that refuse to make walls their home, as they interact with his feet/shoes, part molten and alive, part sedentary in their petrifaction. Runs Until 17 April 2004

Belinda Grace Curran - Alice Alice is a machine, in the form of a generic insect that draws parallels between the mechanics of human and insect societies: the daily grind. Alice is about the individual's lack of power to affect the mass human psyche, and asks if society is formed by the patterns of the individual, where does the onus for change lie? With a strong background in industrial tool making, machining and structural welding, this artist brings her interest in the tools that make the tools to this project. Runs Until 17 April 2004

Cathy Tuato'O Ross - The Winter Garden: An Engram An Engram is a memory trace, a supposed permanent change in the brain accounting for the existence of memory. Tuato'O Ross is interested in memory not only as a property of individual minds but also as the basis of social or collective knowledge, traditions and narratives. The Winter Garden traces memory from experience to reconstruction, explores its structure, and emphasises that memory is also imagination and distortion. 20 April - 8 May 2004

Kah Bee Chow, Nurhan Qehaja and Catherine Garet Art is fun. Like business meetings on golf courses or garage DIY projects, this collaborative show examines the inherent contradictions and ambiguities in the definitions of work and leisure sustained by a co modified culture. These artists' interests lie in operating as an inter-play of identities within a collaboration and generating commentary on conventions of art practices, and the process of art making. Thus the show, using video and performance with an emphasis on an experimental approach, functions a bit like an aimless weekend hobby, an ongoing investigation without any sought resolutions. 20 April - 8 May 2004 Blue Oyster Gallery, 137 High Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Ali Bramwell, phone (03) 479 0197

Otago Museum

Temple of Doom - Ritual Sacrifice in Ancient Peru With a collection of around 200 very significant items from the Moche civilization, which occupied the north coast of Peru for almost 800 years from 50AD, Temple of Doom explores the mysteries of human sacrifice, power struggles, unimaginable treasures and supernatural deities in ancient Peru. Most of the items have been excavated from looted tombs in northern Peru, many of which are several thousand years old. Temple of Doom is toured by the Larco Museum with the support of the Peruvian National Institute of Culture. The exhibition is made possible with the support of the Community Trust of Otago and is indemnified by the New Zealand Government. Special Exhibitions Gallery, Runs thru April to 23 May2004

Guided Tours Take a 'Highlights of the Museum' guided tour and learn 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

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 and Saturdays between 12noon and 1.30pm

Discovery World Science Shows These excellent shows are now run by the Museum's Science Communicators. Discovery World, Saturdays & Sundays at 11am, 1pm & 3pm

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 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 that 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

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

Regent Theatre - Shanghai Circus This talented troupe arrives in Auckland in April direct from a sold out Broadway tour. The new Shanghai Circus performs at 10 venues throughout New Zealand. These astonishing athletes defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats as they stretch the limits of human ability in this spellbinding show. Fearless performers with boundless energy bring audiences more than 2000 years of Chinese circus traditions. Shanghai's acrobats, jugglers and contortionists perform with spectacular flair. Fabulous choreography, amazing lighting, enchanting scenery and powerful music enhance this modern day circus. 30 April 2004, 7-30pm; and 1 May 1-30pm and 7-30pm Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Teresa Andrews: Dis-grace - A Performative Installation/video/performance Teresa Andrew uses performance to generate a 'live' space that contains installation and video works, records that are active objects. The live performing body, the videoed body and the body of the viewers participate in a performative experience, which negotiates time, space and the repetitive everyday practices of gestured movement and watching. Runs Until 2 May 2004

Smythe Collection - Characters: High and Low The Dunedin Public Art Gallery presents an exhibition of watercolours from the Gallery's Smythe Collection. Curated by Tony Green, formerly Head of the Department of Art History, University of Auckland. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until 9 May 2004

Calf and Quill, Scribe and Limner: Medieval Manuscripts from the Reed Collections Step back in time to a medieval world when books were rare, precious, beautifully written and crafted by hand. On exhibition are tenth-to-sixteenth-century illuminated and decorated vellum manuscripts from the Dunedin Public Library Reed Collections. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until 9 May 2004

Every Day Miracles: The Art of Stanley Spencer Stanley Spencer was one of the most original British painters of his generation. Finding inspiration in his quiet village on the river Thames, Spencer drew on his familiar world to arrive at an art of epic grandeur. His paintings of love and lovers retain their power to shock even today. His vision of a vernacular Christianity also remains startling and profoundly moving. Every Day Miracles exhibition includes landscapes, cityscapes, flower paintings and portraits from New Zealand and Australian public and private collections and also key works from English public collections. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Auckland Art Gallery exhibition partnership project. Runs Until 16 May 2004

Kay Rosen: Big Talk The walls talk in this exhibition of twelve large wall paintings by internationally renowned word artist Kay Rosen. Painted directly on to the walls of the gallery, Rosen's works combine the impact and immediacy of billboards with a subtle and often subversive sense of humour. This is the first time the work of this Gary Indiana-based artist has been seen in New Zealand. Runs Until 16 May 2004

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding: The Seventeenth Century and House II The Otago Polytechnic School of Art's latest artists in residence are David Haines and Joyce Hinterding from Australia. At the Dunedin Public Art Gallery they show two spectacular recent video works, in which extraordinary events engulf ordinary scenes. In The Seventeenth Century vast clouds of smoke threaten to overwhelm a night-time cityscape. And in House II, a deluge pours endlessly from a Pennsylvanian Neo-Gothic house. Runs Until 17 June 2004

Truth's Mirror Truth's Mirror is a witty and thought-provoking juxtaposition of treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's permanent collection. Curated by Tony Green, formerly Head of Department of Art History of the University of Auckland. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Ongoing Exhibition

Frances Hodgkin's Gallery A gallery permanently devoted to the works of one of Dunedin's famous daughters, Frances Hodgkins. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Ongoing Exhibition

Sara Hughes: Love Me Tender Sara Hughes, the 2003 Frances Hodgkins fellow at University of Otago, brings some colour and life to the gallery's Otago Daily Times Gallery with her distinctive variations on the Paisley patterns that Scottish settlers brought to Dunedin. 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

MAY 2004

Dunedin Centre

Southern Sinfonia and Carey's Bay Historic Hotel - Mintz Plays Mozart The Southern Sinfonia's 2004 concert series opens with one of the world's greatest violinists, Shlomo Mintz, performing and directing a concert of Mozart's music. A highlight of the programme is the performance of two of Mozart's Violin Concertos, numbers 3 and 4. Mozart's great masterpiece, his Jupiter Symphony (No. 41), ends this special evening. 1 May 2004, 8.00pm Dunedin Town Hall Contact for enquiries: Philippa Harris, phone (03) 477 5623

Chamber Music New Zealand - Stroma (New Zealand) Chamber Music New Zealand (CMNZ) presents Stroma and features Patrick Barry on clarinet, Vesa-Matti Leppänen on violin, Rowan Prior and Robert Ibell on cello and Emma Sayers on piano. The concert is co-directed by Michael Norris and Hamish McKeich who is also conductor. The programme includes Crumb: Eleven Echoes of Autumn; Boulez: Pour le Dr Kalmus; Harris: At the Edge of Silence a new work commissioned by CMNZ; and Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time. 17 May 2004, 8.00 pm Contact for enquiries: Dot Duthie, phone (03) 481 1382; 0800 266 2378

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

Cleveland Living Arts Centre - Telling Our Stories Work created by women who have suffered head injuries during an eight-week course working with artists. Runs Until 2 May 2004 Cleveland Living Arts Centre, 1st floor, Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Kari Morseth, phone (03) 477 7291

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Teresa Andrews: Dis-grace- A Performative Installation/video/performance Teresa Andrew uses performance to generate a 'live' space that contains installation and video works, records that are active objects. The live performing body, the videoed body and the body of the viewers participate in a performative experience, which negotiates time, space and the repetitive everyday practices of gestured movement and watching. Runs Until 2 May 2004

Smythe Collection - Characters: High and Low The Dunedin Public Art Gallery presents an exhibition of watercolours from the Gallery's Smythe Collection. Curated by Tony Green, formerly Head of the Department of Art History, University of Auckland. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until 9 May 2004

Calf and Quill, Scribe and Limner: Medieval Manuscripts from the Reed Collections Step back in time to a medieval world when books were rare, precious, beautifully written and crafted by hand. On exhibition are tenth-to-sixteenth-century illuminated and decorated vellum manuscripts from the Dunedin Public Library Reed Collections. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until 9 May 2004

Every Day Miracles: The Art of Stanley Spencer Stanley Spencer was one of the most original British painters of his generation. Finding inspiration in his quiet village on the river Thames, Spencer drew on his familiar world to arrive at an art of epic grandeur. His paintings of love and lovers retain their power to shock even today. His vision of a vernacular Christianity also remains startling and profoundly moving. Every Day Miracles exhibition includes landscapes, cityscapes, flower paintings and portraits from New Zealand and Australian public and private collections and also key works from English public collections. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Auckland Art Gallery exhibition partnership project. Runs Until 16 May 2004

Kay Rosen: Big Talk The walls talk in this exhibition of twelve large wall paintings by internationally renowned word artist Kay Rosen. Painted directly on to the walls of the gallery, Rosen's works combine the impact and immediacy of billboards with a subtle and often subversive sense of humour. This is the first time the work of this Gary Indiana-based artist has been seen in New Zealand. Runs Until 16 May 2004

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

Blue Oyster Gallery

Cathy Tuato'O Ross - The Winter Garden: An Engram An Engram is a memory trace, a supposed permanent change in the brain accounting for the existence of memory. Tuato'O Ross is interested in memory not only as a property of individual minds but also as the basis of social or collective knowledge, traditions and narratives. The Winter Garden traces memory from experience to reconstruction, explores its structure, and emphasises that memory is also imagination and distortion. Runs Until 8 May 2004

Kah Bee Chow, Nurhan Qehaja and Catherine Garet Art is fun. Like business meetings on golf courses or garage DIY projects, this collaborative show examines the inherent contradictions and ambiguities in the definitions of work and leisure sustained by a co modified culture. These artists' interests lie in operating as an inter-play of identities within a collaboration and generating commentary on conventions of art practices, and the process of art making. Thus the show, using video and performance with an emphasis on an experimental approach, functions a bit like an aimless weekend hobby, an ongoing investigation without any sought resolutions. Runs Until 8 May 2004

Cathy Helps - Waiting for the Weekend The contemporary world is dominated by an abundance of information and events and Marc Auge warns that our dependence on the 'world system' of information threatens to rob individuals of a sense of meaning. If we take our cell phones to the movies, the mini TV to the batch, the laptop to the café and on camping trips, when or where can we find time and space to really get away from it all? Or do we not want to anymore? Are even our spaces of leisure constructed of and dependent on this excess of information? Cathy Helps explores these questions in an installation of painted texts. 11 - 28 May 2004

Blue Oyster Gallery, 137 High Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Ali Bramwell, phone (03) 479 0197

Milford Galleries Dunedin - Michael Hight - New Works Michael Hight is an Aucklander who paints fantastic images of only South Island landscapes, working with his main subject matter, namely beehives. This exhibition of all new works will focus on Southern/Central Otago scenes and will be mainly larger scale works. These works are realist landscape images with a striking clarity, bordering on the Abstract, of which he is also renowned for. Hight travels to the South yearly and literally drives down every dirt road to find these wonderful hidden places. 15 May - 3 June 2004 Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Diana Hennessy, phone (03) 477 7727

Otago Museum - Temple of Doom - Ritual Sacrifice in Ancient Peru With a collection of around 200 very significant items from the Moche civilization, which occupied the north coast of Peru for almost 800 years from 50AD, Temple of Doom explores the mysteries of human sacrifice, power struggles, unimaginable treasures and supernatural deities in ancient Peru. Most of the items have been excavated from looted tombs in northern Peru, many of which are several thousand years old. Temple of Doom is toured by the Larco Museum with the support of the Peruvian National Institute of Culture. The exhibition is made possible with the support of the Community Trust of Otago and is indemnified by the New Zealand Government. Runs Until 23 May2004 Special Exhibitions Gallery, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Ryan Helliwell, phone (03) 474 7474 ext 845

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