Im­pres­sive acts for Vil­lage Green

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The Vil­lage Green hosts the Spiegel­tent and an im­pres­sive lineup of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers over the 14 days of the Har­courts Hawke’s Bay Arts Fes­ti­val.

Mike­lan­gelo drops in from Aus­tralia, back by pop­u­lar de­mand af­ter he schmoozed au­di­ences in 2016, this time with his al­ter ego, the Balkan Elvis, and a wild tale to tell. Ac­com­pa­nied by mem­bers of Niko Ne Zna, Welling­ton’s Balkan brass gypsy band, the King’s hits are reimag­ined as lilt­ing waltzes and barn­storm­ing Balkan wed­ding polkas in this part rock ‘n’ roll mu­si­cal mashup. Elvis hasn’t been this much ou­tra­geous fun since 1956 — up­roar­i­ous, up­lift­ing and dead sexy.

Over from Hun­gary Ban­dart Pro­duc­tions bring Ann-Droid and are tour­ing New Zealand, in­clud­ing Nel­son and Dunedin fes­ti­vals, Hawke’s Bay au­di­ences will have the unique op­por­tu­nity to en­joy this in­no­va­tive work for chil­dren.

This story is a 21st cen­tury ver­sion of Pinoc­chio that over­writes ob­so­lete con­ven­tions to in­spire ad­ven­ture, cre­ativ­ity and courage in all, re­gard­less of gen­der. It is a quirky, spell­bind­ing, in­ter­ac­tive show com­bines theatre and time­less sto­ry­telling with the lat­est in dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies to con­jure a mag­i­cal world. Be­fore the eyes of the au­di­ence, drawn an­i­ma­tion comes to life as per­form­ers move to­gether with pro­jected vi­su­als to cre­ate an en­chant­ing 3D movie ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ann-droid tells the story of a play­ful in­ven­tor, Al­fred, and his cre­ation, Ann, a cu­ri­ous ro­bot girl. Given one task — to col­lect and bring home the lost crea­tures — Ann un­der­takes a won­der­ful jour­ney on the ground, in the air and un­der­wa­ter, where she faces chal­lenges which ul­ti­mately help her dis­cover what is most im­por­tant in life.

Charis­matic Mel­bournebased Ja­panese duo, Ge­orge and Noriko, break all the rules, with a sound un­like any­thing you’ve heard be­fore. Light­ning-fast blues licks and the per­cus­sive sounds of the tra­di­tional shamisen (Ja­panese banjo) morph into a kind of blue­grass hard coun­try blues with a Ja­panese twist. Colour­ful, ar­rest­ing, these two are an ab­so­lute blast.

Along­side this in­ter­na­tional flavour is the best of New Zealand work and one work that prom­ises to keep tongues wag­ging for a long time af­ter the show is In Fla­grante. Auck­land­based In Fla­grante pre­miered at Ed­in­burgh’s Fringe Fes­ti­val in 2013 to rave re­views and ef­fer­ves­cent au­di­ence re­ac­tion.

“Knives out chore­og­ra­phy com­ple­mented by killer de­signs — an hour of beauty, pol­i­tics and down-and-dirty fun.” Fringe Re­view, UK

It brings to the ta­ble an ever evolv­ing and unique fu­sion of con­tem­po­rary-dance in­flu­enced, hy­per-sex­u­alised and deeply comedic vi­gnettes that mock pa­tri­archy in fiendish and ex­tremely orig­i­nal ways. In Fla­grante deals up lonely North Korean traf­fic girls, wet nurse fetishes and steam punk su­per hero­ines, a show that dou­bles down on fe­male sex­ual em­pow­er­ment with an un­com­pro­mis­ing satiric eye.

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Mike­lan­gelo gives Elvis an almighty trans­fu­sion and an East Bloc in­car­na­tion.

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