Theatreview Weekly: 21/06/2012

Flight of the Conchords Tour of NZ!
A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including: Munted, Flight of the Conchords Tour of NZ!, I Sing the Body Electric, and Square Eye Pair.

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 A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including: Munted, Flight of the Conchords Tour of NZ!, I Sing the Body Electric, and Square Eye Pair.

 

 A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including: Munted, Flight of the Conchords Tour of NZ!, I Sing the Body Electric, and Square Eye Pair.

 

See more recent reviews at theatreview.org, the NZ Performing Arts Review & Directory.

 

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Rangi Ruru Girls School, Merivale Lane, Christchurch - MUNTED: The familiar refreshed

 
- reviewed by Lindsay Clark

 
It is a curious feeling, experiencing a documentary piece of theatre from the inside. Bare Hunt's audience in Christchurch will be a heartbeat closer than most to their verbatim representation, based on interviews held only a few weeks after the city's tragic earthquake in February 2011.

 
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Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington - FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS TOUR OF NZ!: They leave us wanting more

 
- reviewed by John Smythe

 
Such a happy homecoming! Like godwits, the Conchords have returned – in winter what’s more, to make our long nights warmer, lighter and … did I say happier? Nothing warms the room like 2,000 smiles.

 
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Jack Mann Complex, 53 Solway Ave, Ilam (University of Canterbury's College of Education Campus), Christchurch - I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC: A rare visitation of exceptional theatre

 

- reviewed by Lindsay Clark

 
This production, like many from the rich imagination of director Peter Falkenberg, flies free of traditional theatre making and, like many of his most successful ventures, it is the result of collaboration with the University of Canterbury's HIT Lab (Human Interface Technology Laboratory).

 
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Fortune Theatre Studio, Dunedin - SQUARE EYE PAIR: A delight to watch …

 

- reviewed by Ben Blakely

 
Growing up with a television as a parent/best friend is something I can relate to as a child of the 80s and 90s. So I was immediately drawn to the concept of Square Eye Pair: two best buds who are obsessed with TV and quite happy with their situation until a third member comes in to mix things up.

 
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Alexandra Room, TSB Showplace, New Plymouth - THE INTRICATE ART OF ACTUALLY CARING: Deliciously laconic, funny and captivating

 
- reviewed by Ngaire Riley

 
It’s a performance that teems with imagery, not just from words, but also drawings and light and water and colour. This voyage explores death and love and god and caring and pacificism and bravery and being a bloke and friendship, in a real, irreverent and charming way. It’s the best 75 minutes I’ve experienced for a long time.

 
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BATS, Wellington - BODY LANGUAGE - SEEK DANCE CREW: Pushing hip hop boundaries

 
- reviewed by Lyne Pringle

 
Seek began as a women’s crew and many of the original performers are still present. Their performance and dancing has grown enormously and they bring a gutsy presence to the stage. One section that has them dancing on their own is particularly memorable. The male and female energies blend well and Godinet has an ability to get the best from these dancers with intricate arm gestures, tight footwork and speedy shifts in the group structures. Along with this is a great use of rhythm, dynamic changes, counterpoint and unison.

 
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Whitireia Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian Street, Wellington - AU REVOIR BY WHITIREIA PERFORMING ARTS: Works a triumph of movement and costuming

 
- reviewed by Jennifer Shennan

 
These are 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students in the Performing Arts degree course, but have all the aplomb and confidence of a seasoned professional troupe. Live music of drumming and vocals are as good as you’ll get. It’s heartening to witness the integration of these arts, never torn apart before so don’t have to be re-assembled now. Lucky young citizens, and they know it.

 
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Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington - LEAPS AND SOUNDS: Performers at sparkling best in twin treat

 
- reviewed by Jennifer Shennan

 
This refreshing endeavour, a visual and aural treat, is a winner from every angle, and choreography and composition are mutually illuminating in every case. Performers in both ballet company and orchestra, conducted by Hamish McKeich, were at their sparkling best.

 
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Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington - LEAPS AND SOUNDS: Delivering under pressure

 
- reviewed by Lyne Pringle

 
People were happy afterwards and many people I have spoken to since really enjoyed the performance, taking delight in naming their favourite piece. Do it again NZSO and RNZB!

 
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Geo Dome, Christchurch - LEAN ON ME - JOLT DANCE COMPANY: A celebration of talent and unique dance qualities


- reviewed by Kate Sullivan

 
No piece is void of some form of dancer to dancer contact, this element of relationships is cleverly weaved into every piece. Beautiful aesthetics are created during the moments of the choreography when the dancers drape themselves over each other and bear each other's weight in various ways. The simple act of holding hands creates more powerful images throughout the dance and again reiterates the theme of connections. Even the youngest dancers have good ensemble skills and can confidently move around the stage with the other dancers.

 
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Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland - SOME EXPLICIT POLAROIDS: Funny, moving, confronting

 
- reviewed by Michael Stevens

 
It’s easy to be idealistic and radical when you’re young. What happens when the world ignores all your dreams and coldly moves on? Ravenhill made his name with Shopping and F****** in 1996, this work came out in 1999 and while it’s very well-acted and directed here, the plot shows its age at times.

 
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Auckland Town Hall, Auckland - FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS TOUR OF NZ!: Basking in glow of big-time Conchords

 
- reviewed by Russell Baillie

 
The last time Flight of the Conchords played in Auckland it was a comedy festival stint at the Classic. Back then, they were an up and coming act. And they up and went - their live show made the leap to a BBC radio series, two seasons of the HBO sitcom, Grammy-winning big-selling albums with all of the above making them a comedy stadium act on both sides of the Atlantic.

 
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Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland - SOME EXPLICIT POLAROIDS: X-rated but not too sensational

 
- reviewed by Paul Simei-Barton

 
Mark Ravenhill exploded on to the international theatre scene in 1996 with the provocatively titled and spectacularly successful Shopping & F******.

 
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BATS, Wellington - STANDSTILL: Treadmill of life presents novel and engaging theatre


- reviewed by Ewen Coleman

 
Every once in a while a fascinating piece of theatre comes along that is original and innovative that defies description, and even possibly understanding. One such show is Anders Falstie-Jensen’s Standstill currently playing early evenings at BATS Theatre.

 
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Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland - SOME EXPLICIT POLAROIDS: Questionable play superbly delivered


- reviewed by Adey Ramsel

 
Raw, fast and to the point, this NZ premiere of Ravenhill’s one act play is as naked as the stage it plays out on. With nothing to hide behind, not even costume in a couple of places, this cast do well to keep the action well-paced and the quick-witted and bleak dialogue flowing.

 
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Thirsty Dog Tavern, Corner Howe St & Karangahape Rd, Auckland - BLOOMSDAY!: McGlone and Henare bloom midst the hookers

 
- reviewed by Dean Parker

 
“With winter upon us, many of you we know have been wondering—what are the compensations for living in New Zealand? We’re at the bottom of the world, we’re as far away from every interesting place as possible, it costs us a fortune to go anywhere, we have the highest cost of living in the universe, we have wages so low we can compete with China, we have public holidays so pitifully few that other countries have to embark on austerity programmes to get down to our level ..."

 
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BATS, Wellington - STANDSTILL: Amusing and bemusing

 
- reviewed by John Smythe

 
Now at Bats, Anders Falstie-Jensen’s ironically-named Standstill is simultaneously less complex, insightful and profound in its contents, and more varied in its physical presentation. Three actors play two or three characters each, plus the odd other, in an episodic series of monologues and sketched scenarios.

 
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Opera House, Wellington - MADE IN NEW ZEALAND 2012 - FOOTNOTE DANCE COMPANY: In Fine Fettle

 
- reviewed by Greer Robertson

 
Four new works by New Zealand choreographers are presented by six proficient and passionately committed dancers. Undauntedly, they give their all. And all in attendance marvel at the honed physicality and consummate technique the dancers display.

 
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