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Shine: Contemporary Jewellery in a Burlesque Setting


Thu 29 May 2008–Sat 31 May 2008, 9:00pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $30.00
  • Concession: $15.00
  • Early Bird/Group 10+: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Vaune Mason

Over three nights in May, Wellington will be treated to a jewellery exhibition with a very special difference.

The Paramount Theatre will become the setting for SHINE: a performance exhibition that brings together talent from the diverse backgrounds of jewellery, circus, theatre, and burlesque dance.

Contemporary and burlesque dancers, actors and circus performers will all be adorned by the creations of six women jewelers from around New Zealand. Choreographer and circus luminary Magenta Diamond (Tanya Drewery) is responsible for directing a cast of young professional performers.

Shine is the creation of Wellington Jeweller Vaune Mason, who says the show “gives value to that intimate territory of the body – taking the jewellery out of the case and off the wall. Jewellery is worn close to the skin – it is presented as a gift between lovers, partners and family, and the closer the link to the giver, the closer and more often it is worn. “

Saatchi & Saatchi are major sponsors of the show, and Saatchi’s Wellington General Manager Cameron Harland says that Shine “aligns itself with our goals of supporting creativity within Wellington, particularly young and emerging artists”

It will be quite unlike any jewellery exhibition you’ve seen; glowing, luminous works will be presented in context, close to the skin, moving, in conversation with its human environment in a glorious evening of burlesque dance. Streams of pearls, gleaming silver chain-links quivering on skin; feathers tickling just underneath a chin . . . this is a performance that glorifies beauty, and welcomes the human form in all its shapes. And naturally, you can purchase the gorgeous jewellery afterwards.

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