The Jour­ney of a Mil­lion Miles: Fol­low­ing Steps WHAT I’M SEE­ING

The New Zealand Mar­itime Mu­seum, cnr Quay & Hobson St Ed­mis­ton Gallery, Sat 18 Mar–sun 3 Sep Events spe­cial­ist Alis­tair Kwun shares his Auckland Arts Fes­ti­val picks.

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In­ti­macy Stages/ac­tive Em­pa­thy

Artist Sian Tor­ring­ton calls for any­one who iden­ti­fies as les­bian, bi­sex­ual, queer, femme, butch, takataˉpui wahine, trans­gen­der and fe­male to par­tic­i­pate in her project on sex­u­al­ity. Her in­ter­ac­tive art project in­vites peo­ple to present some­thing they’d like to see drawn, re­sult­ing in a series of largescale char­coal draw­ings that re­flect on the par­tic­i­pants’ of­fer­ings, whether they be their faces, arms, dil­dos or lin­gerie. 1 Pon­sonby Rd Ex­cited to see... Set to be an in­trigu­ing show...

A lo­cal show you can’t wait for... Gareth

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You may recog­nise artist Tif­fany Singh’s name from this year’s head­land Sculp­ture on the Gulf, for which she con­ceived the first stage of her work around refugee mi­gra­tion. It’s a topic that couldn’t be more poignant at present, with mil­lions of peo­ple dis­placed around the globe. The sec­ond in­stal­ment of the two-part project utilises mu­sic, au­dio and dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to con­vey a va­ri­ety of mi­grant ex­pe­ri­ences, from the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of mov­ing to New Zealand to the joy that may also come with it. Vis­i­tor par­tic­i­pa­tion is en­cour­aged, with vis­i­tors’ mi­grant sto­ries being in­cor­po­rated into the ex­hi­bi­tion.

RICE. I’ve been a fan of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre ever since I saw the ethe­real Nine Songs. I can’t wait to witness that in­ter­sec­tion of erotic bod­ies and hyp­notic beats on the ASB Theatre stage! ———

The En­counter. Tech­nol­ogy meets so­lil­o­quy. We wear head­phones and get taken on this sonic jour­ney into the Ama­zon rain­for­est and our own minds. Sounds to­tally trippy to me! ——— Farr’s score to the opera The Bone Feeder is in English, Māori and Can­tonese – a first for this coun­try. That should make for an in­ter­est­ing night. ———

Book your tick­ets early! The big shows sell out quickly. While you’re in the heart of the city, be sure to grab a bite to eat and drink, be­fore or af­ter a show. I’d sug­gest Masu, Bel­lota or De­pot along Fed­eral Street. ———

Stu­dio One Toi Tū, Thur 23–Sat 25 Feb

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