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.
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
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