Nederlands Dans Theater – dance is not normally my territory, but I am consistently being told by previews and my mother that if you are going to see one dance show this year, it should be this one. They open on Saturday.
Other openings include Glimmer, written by Jason Te Kare for the Basement Matariki Festival (Tuesday till Saturday) and The Island, the new youth show put on by Massive Company which runs from Tuesday till Friday only, at the Mangere Arts Centre. They then head off to Scotland for a youth theatre festival and series of workshops.
Indian New Zealander community theatre company Prayas has a new show, a comedy called Love N Stuff which opened at the end of last week at TAPAC. While a little uneven, there are some great moments. Continuing their runs are The Elephant Thief at Q (Indian Ink), Medea at the Herald Theatre (Silo), and Ain’t Life a Bitch at the Little Theatre Garnet Station - the latter, written by starring actor Anthea Hill, is getting very good reviews. Yours Truly moves to Waiheke Arts Community Theatre.
School holidays begin so there are lots of fun stuff for kids and the young at heart, including a big piano down the steps of the Aotea Centre like in Big. Yes! If you are too young for this, then join Jarred Fell for some magic and comedy performances and workshops in the Aotea Centre on Saturday.
And if you want to escape children, there is the last night of the London Proms’ Best of British, which seems under current circumstances deeply poignant. Alternatively, veer off to Deep Hard’n’Funky Mid Winter Music Festival, which will get you out of, or into, the deepest of funks at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre on Saturday night. Enjoy.