Review – Wow Wows Again
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.