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When:

Fri 9 Mar 2007–Sun 25 Mar 2007

Where: , Auckland CBD

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Listed by: Amy Saunders

Stunning Programme for Auckland Festival, AK07

Auckland Festival, AK07 will turn up the heat in March 2007, showcasing a stunning line-up of some of the best local and international theatre, dance, cabaret, music, visual arts, indoor and outdoor events.

"The Auckland Festival programme for 2007 is a winner. It's diverse, challenging and exciting. I am very proud of what will be presented in March. Aucklanders can look forward to the best Festival they've experienced yet!," says Festival Director David Malacari, 1 November, 2006.

With more than 60 events on offer between 9-25 March, next year's Festival is bigger and better than ever before, and for the first time a dedicated Festival hub will give Auckland a throbbing cultural heart that welcomes artists, audiences and anyone passing by to stop-in for a drink or catch a show. Located at Britomart, Auckland's fastest growing hotspot, Red Square will house The Famous Speigeltent, where the magic mirrors of this historic 1930's Belgian cabaret tent have been seducing clients all over the world for many years, the AK07 Festival Club, an outdoor stage for free music weekends as well as the Spiegel Bar and Café - open until 3am every night.

These Festival themed venues are a new feature of the Auckland Festival and will provide nightly entertainment not to be missed.

Artists performing at The Famous Spiegeltent include risqué La Clique, known for it's array of sexy, funny, wet and wild performances - "Pure unadulterated pleasure that a night at the circus, the cabaret, of the burlesque theatre should be." WARNING: La Clique sells out everywhere it performs, so advance bookings are essential!

Joining La Clique in the Spiegeltent will be local artists such as Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn, Topp Twins, Goldenhorse and many more. While next door at the AK07 Festival Club you can hear the likes of Nathan Haines, Whirimako Black, Tama Waipara and Jennifer Ward Leland.

Overseas artists hosted by the AK07 Festival Club include Australia's controversial and hilarious Eddie Perfect and the Spaghetti Western Orchestra, formerly known as the Ennio Morricone Experience, as well as the New Caledonian Roots Music group and European groovers, Fred Avril and Barbara Morgenstern.

Opening the Auckland Festival, AK07 season on Saturday 10th March is a free public fire works extravaganza held at the Auckland Domain. Performed by famed French pyrotechnicians, Groupe F, who are known internationally for lighting up the Eiffel Tower, the Stade de France for the football World Cup, the Olympic Games in Athens and the 2004 and 2005 New Years Eve celebrations in London, this display will be like nothing seen in Auckland before.

Highlights form the Theatre programme include; renowned German and Swiss director Heiner Goebbels' seminal work, Max Black. A major New Zealand Festival commission is Penumbra, an epic and ambitious work in the style of Robert LePage. Canadian master of marionettes, Ronnie Burkett manipulates more than 40 puppets in his award winning show 10 Days on Earth which asks the question ‘If you were alone but didn't know it, would you feel lonely?" Auckland Theatre Company explores the slaughter of more than three million penguins for the good of the environment in Hatch. Silo Theatre embarks on the mission of finding the ‘next generation' of actors by casting two shows of ‘unknowns'; one directed by Oliver Driver (HANDMADE) the other by Michael Hurst (EXCAVATED CLASSIC). As part of the Intimate Theatre Season, which sees five New Zealand plays come to life, is a four metre Head on stage at Galatos, plus Tusiata Avia's Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, (potent pause) PRODUCTIONS' The Homecoming, A Lethal Set's Mother/Whaea Tama/Son, and Taki Rua's Strange Resting Places. Devonport's Victoria Theatre is home to several shows including Façade- Comedie d'images, which is based on the poems of 1920s eccentric poet Edith Sitwell.

The Music programme is stronger than ever before with a variety of contemporary and classical events. Musical genius Nitin Sawhney, who has composed the score for the exquisitely restored silent film A Throw of Dice, will play with his band and the APO for a memorable night of film and music at the magical Civic Theatre. The NZSO celebrates its 60th anniversary with an exclusive to-Auckland concert of Mahler's monumental Second Symphony - The Resurrection. Top New Zealand recording artists bring music to the beautiful words of loved New Zealand writer Hone Tuwhare for one night only in the acclaimed show Tuwhare, narrated by Whale Rider star Rawiri Paratene. Three Australian improvisational jazz concerts will be performed by the Australian Art Orchestra and accompanied by renowned indigenous musicians Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter. The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra present a masterful Pacific Rim concert with music by Gareth Farr, Toru Takemitsu and John Adams' Harmonielehre. Conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. Sit back and relax to the traditional music and rituals of Korean Tea making. Presented by the Korean Music Society this majestical performance blends the traditional and modern, transporting audience members to another time and place. For the first time a full Chamber Music Season is programmed, and it is An Hour of Quality Time. Held at the St-Matthews-in-the-City at 6pm each night. Instructions for Modern Living, performed by Duncan Sarkies and composed by Nic McGowan, is performance music at it's maddest, with a story… or three. Discovering new sounds has never been easier according to the leading experimental sound geniuses behind the three-day sound workshop S3D.

Reflecting the increased popularity of Dance, Auckland Festival, AK07 has a stunning Dance line-up including; Black Grace's new work Amata, French Dance Company, Ballet Preljocaj, take to the stage for the first time in New Zealand with its reinterpretation of Vivaldi's iconic - The Four Seasons; Lemi Ponifasio and MAU perform Tempest before taking the show overseas and two provocative shows are performed by Rifleman Productions, Dark Tourist and Terrain.

Young Red Square sees two fantastic youth projects kick-off on alternate weekends during the Festival. The first event, Westpac Young Producers, provides the chance for eager young producers (14-18) to submit an event concept and walk away with a $20,000 Westpac Student Pac Saver Account to make their dreams come true. On the second weekend 6-13 years olds will be trading their creative products at their own market stalls at the Spiegelmarket.

This year's visual arts programme is exceptional with 15 stand-alone events including the Auckland Art Gallery's 3rd Auckland Triennial, turbulence. Complementing turbulence is a vast visual programme including several visiting international artists such as New York graffiti artist Eric Orr and Japanese artist Hiromi Tango who will be one of 10 artists residing in Auckland CBD shop windows throughout the Festival.
Other exhibitions include; Blow; by Sue Gallagher and Tracey Collins, Elam-Up Front, Joc-Jewellery Out of Context, Len Lye film screening at Tahaki Reserve Mt Eden, Mirror Worlds-Contemporary Video Installation from Asia, Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, Wonder-land, Contemporary Visual Art of New Caledonia, Rare View, and Sky- A Projection Event.

Tickets on sale Wednesday 15th November
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For more information please contact:
Email: amy.saunders@aucklandfestival.co.nz
Phone: 09 374 0318
Mobile: 021 899 569

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