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Aperture - the life and work of Ans Westra

6 Jul 2021 to 31 Jul 2021
Various - see Tour and booking details link
Writer/director Martine Baanvinger portrays ground breaking photographer Ans Westra in her one-woman show touring the country with Arts On Tour NZ
Event type: 
Cultural, Theatre
Various throughout the country
Various - as per Tour and booking details link


“Baanvinger beautifully captures the era, the struggles, the insights and the awakening of self.  A skilful storyteller” – M Giroux

In 1957, Ans Westra emigrated from the Netherlands to New Zealand and began to take photos of her new homeland.  Fascinated by Māori culture in particular, she created an intimate and uniquely historical documentation of Māori life which led to a successful career capturing the essence of the people of Aotearoa.

Martine Baanvinger's  visually stunning and intimate portrait focuses on Westra’s childhood in The Netherlands, her immigration journey to New Zealand and the start of her photography career in the 1960’s.  Her first publications, including the controversial ‘Washday at the pa’, offered insight into the Māori way of life in rural Aotearoa at a time of urbanisation.

Martine Baanvinger is trained at the Theatre Academy in Amsterdam.  She is the founder of DramaLAB and creates performances in a direct, transparent and intimate way.  Martine invites her audiences to enter a space of innovation and simplicity that calls in emotional involvement with the story and the actor.  The audience becomes part of the journey.  This combined with physical theatre influences leads to unique creations where both drama and comedy are often equally present.  Martine loves exploring a creative approach to lighting, sound, digital imaginary, transformation of set and costume.

For information, images and interviews, contact:

Martine Baanvinger, 022 652 3078

Diana Moir, AOTNZ media liaison, 021 126 5738

Steve Thomas, AOTNZ Trust, 0274 386 154

For intinerary - see Tour and booking details link below