Double trouble woman
AUCKLAND Festival’s cabaret stage in the famous Speigeltent will be home to actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand not once, but twice, as she performs two shows for the event.
The Grey Lynn resident will be performing her sellout Marlene Dietrich tribute show Falling in Love Again this Sunday in a mirror tent made in Europe. It stands right by the entrance to the Red Square in Aotea Square, the hub of the festival.
Ms Ward-Lealand has enjoyed playing Dietrich since starring in a play about the German cabaret star in 2003.
“After I did the play I realised, I can’t let this go. So I did some research.”
Authenticity is at its peak for Ms Ward-Lealand’s act as she captures Dietrich’s style and glamour in a venue once performed in by Dietrich herself more than 70 years ago.
“It’s given me a great chance to tinker with the show and get it just right,” she says.
Ms Ward-Lealand will also perform her new show The Look of Love, Evocative/Provocative, for the first time in Auckland on March 19.
“I’ve never done a season of this in Auckland, but the theme is around love.
“It’s not a bunch of sappy love songs though.
“It’s about love in all its guises, lusty, desperate, unrequited, really all the highs and the lows.”
Ms Ward-Lealand is joined by musical director and pianist Grant Winterburn and bassist Aaron Coddel and says the 23 songs she will perform all tell a great story.
“You need to find a good mix that holds the right energy for the night,” she says.
“They’re all my absolute favourites that take you everywhere.”
While Ms Ward-Lealand is looking forward to performing at the festival, she is also keen to check out some of the other shows.
“I’m really looking forward to the Ensemble project, Life is a Dream and Backstory, The Andersen Project, The Arrival and The Chairs.”
The Auckland Festival starts tomorrow and runs until March 22.
It features 87 acts, including 27 international acts, as well as free workshops, artists’ talks and seminars.
For more information visit www.aucklandfestival.co.nz.