Re­view – Wow Wows Again

NZ Today - - TALKBACK -

I am so for­tu­nate to have seen the World of Wear­able Art sev­eral times, both in Wellington and in its orig­i­nal home of Nel­son. I feel proud as a New Zealan­der that we have a show of in­ter­na­tional re­pute and in fact, I be­lieve there is noth­ing else quite like it in the world. The fact that so many of the en­tries are in­ter­na­tional is tes­ta­ment to that.

This last year, I took my daugh­ter for the first time. She was mes­merised al­though did say af­ter­wards that she en­joyed Wellington Mu­si­cal The­atre’s pro­duc­tion of Phan­tom of the Opera more be­cause there was a story, which I thought was quite funny.

The show is al­ways dra­matic, al­ways in­ven­tive, al­ways eye catch­ing and I feel it gets bet­ter ev­ery year.

The be­gin­ning se­quence where – I be­lieve – male bal­let dancers were sus­pended from the ceil­ing with a tutu cov­er­ing their bod­ies and only their legs show­ing was so in­cred­i­bly orig­i­nal, I would love to know how the chore­og­ra­pher thought of it.

My favourite by far was the sec­ond place over­all get­ter. A Fi­bre­glass, hot pink dress which won the Avant Garde sec­tion. It was orig­i­nal and mod­elled beau­ti­fully.

I also loved see­ing my favourite pop opera trio Tre Belle, decked out in their Louis XIV era cos­tumes and wigs with their lyri­cal voices float­ing across the au­di­ence.

It must be so much fun to be one of the mod­els at WOW be­cause they re­ally get to act, dance and per­form. It must be a change from walk­ing down the cat­walk and pos­ing.

Tick­ets for WOW come on sale very early and are snapped up very quickly, so I would re­ally rec­om­mend plan­ning an in­dul­gent trip to the Cap­i­tal with friends and fam­ily to take in this al­ways splen­did pro­duc­tion in 2014.


Chica Un­der Glass by Peter Wake­man, Nel­son. Win­ner of the Avant Garde sec­tion and run­ner-up to the Supreme WOW Award.

Tre Belle per­form.

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