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- 11 years 8 months
Renee is a writer who is exploring many ways of telling stories, including plays, short stories, poetry (which she also performs), and cross-genre collaborations with composers, musicians, sculptors and filmmakers. She's passionate about the emerging artist community and most of her projects involve community building and collaboration. She's also looking for ways to build bridges between her first love, medicine, and her best friend, the arts.
Renee has written and toured three plays, Lantern, The First Asian AB (FAAB) and The Bone Feeder. She is the author of four chapbooks of poetry and has had work published in numerous other books, journals and zines. Currently she is involved with arts collaboration project Metonymy and Asian arts showcase Funky Oriental Beats. She is the organiser of Auckland Council-commissioned workshop series, New Kiwi Women Write.
I like the idea of creative karma - be generous with your creativity in helping others and it will come back to you. All my community building has a rather selfish purpose - it strengthens my "industry" and ensures that the next time I am looking around for great 'can-do' people to collaborate with, they'll be there.
Renee Liang wonders if Madame Butterfly is "orientalist" and if this matters in today's world.
Dr Brown (aka Philip Burgers) is in the country with his singing tiger, as part of the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival. Renee Liang tries to find out more.
Chromacon is an annual one-day Illustration and Comics Arts Festival which aims to connect communities. Renee Liang talks to its creator, Allan Xia.
Apocalypse Z makes real the threat of a zombie disaster taking over Auckland. Renee Liang talks to Simon London and David Van Horn, co-creators of this fully immersive show.
Renee Liang interviews Australian designer Christina Smith, set and costume designer for NZ Opera’s Madame Butterfly.
It’s been a packed itinerary – entirely the result of my eagerness to see and experience as much as possible.
One of the things I love about an Arts Festival is the feeling that, for a moment at least, the world has come to my city.
Promenade theatre indulges the senses, letting the audience step into a different world. Renee Liang talks about En Route and Walk Eat Talk.
The NZTrio are one of NZ’s most recognised and widely touring classical music groups. Renee Liang talks to pianist Sarah Watkins about their success.
Renee Liang wraps up week one of her Auckland Arts Festival experience by musing on what she would steal emulate.
Urban translates the gritty reality of life for its young Columbian performers into a circus show. Renee Liang speaks to director Felicity Simpson.