Cityscape caught up with Kiwi opera legend Teddy Tahu Rhodes ahead of his picking up the straight razor as the Demon Barber in New Zealand Opera’s Sweeney Todd.
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Tell us about the relationship between Sweeney and Mrs Lovett.
It’s kind of a relationship where they need each other really. I think they are two people in this world that have different needs and they just cross each other’s paths; I think in time they get to become very fond of each other. I think throughout there is a genuine affection between to the two of them.
What have you learnt about your character that you didn’t know before taking on the role?
When you think of Sweeney you think of the Demon Barber, but he’s actually quite a tragic and sad man. He’s had a tragic life, so the story of his murderous side is just an...
With NZ Opera already in town and rehearsing for the August 14th opening performance of La traviata at the Isaac Theatre Royal, Cityscape caught up with rising Kiwi opera star Andrew Glover – who's playing the role of Gastone in the production – ahead of what's sure to be a stellar season.
A look at your opera CV reveals you’ve played a wide number of roles already in your career. Do you have some personal favourites?
I always feel that my favourite role is the one I am playing right now. That being said I enjoy the liberty you can take in a comic role, I love to dance if possible as I studied dance in my youth, and playing evil characters is wonderfully cathartic. I'm not sure that answers your question, though. Haha! You made your debut at London’s Royal Opera House earlier this year, called in as an emergency...
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Cityscape caught up with RNZB’s Lucy Green ahead of her reprisal of the iconic role of Giselle – her favourite of all classical ballet roles.
How do you prepare for a role like Giselle?
The role of Giselle is one I’ve danced many times before. When I first performed it, to find an accurate way of dancing the role that felt true to myself, I spent a lot of time pondering the story, watching other dancers’ interpretations and thinking through how I’d like to portray the character and story. Now that I know the ballet inside out I really enjoy being a bit more spontaneous on stage. It’s a role that’s very easy to get lost in and once you’re in that place each scene and moment feels incredibly natural and real. Physically, however, no matter how many times you’ve performed the role, the preparation is...
Cityscape has a chat to Irish-Aussie comedian Jimeoin ahead of his upcoming show here as part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival.
Looking at your poster and show name Yeehaa!, are we to believe that you’re a bit of a cowboy at heart?Yeehaa. Grew up on westerns. Wasn't allowed a gun as grew up in Northern Ireland and we weren't allowed them. Not even toy ones.
What can Kiwi audiences expect from your latest show?A big laugh. You will be none the wiser at the end of it.
You appear to have the hardest working eyebrows in the business; do you have a special training regime or do they require any pre-show exercises?I think it's because people had a hard time understanding me – I had to be expressive.
You’re now billed as a ‘Comedy Superstar’ – what sort of pressure does that add to your performance?I am? Well I'll...
Cityscape snatched a moment in the middle of the hectic schedules of the inimitable Topp Twins ahead of their big show with the CSO at the end of May.
Can you tell us what the evening’s festivities might entail?There’s going to be something for everyone - an evening of music, singing, dancing, yodelling and unbridled fun.
What’s the best part about being backed by the CSO? It’s a real honour to be part of such a large music event. We love that we are introducing Topp Twins fans to the Orchestra and Orchestra fans to the Topp Twins. You’ll be playing spoons with an orchestral accompaniment; what’s the secret to pulling that off? Not forgetting the spoons… and the tuning fork. Which characters might be making an appearance? The Kens will be there along with Camp Mother and Camp Leader and the Bowling Ladies, Lynda and Jools Topp may even make an appearance!...
Brimming with old world circus skills and avant-garde burlesque, Le Noir – the Dark Side of Cirque blends fast-paced, humorous displays of balance, contortion, stamina, aerial artistry and death-defiance ("The Colombian Wheel of Death", anyone?) in its intimate show. Cityscape caught up with emcee extraordinaire and lovable clown Salvador Salangsang for the lowdown on what to expect when Christchurch embraces its dark side.
Tell us about your emcee character.
He’s someone I made up a long time ago and developed over the years through trial and error. The character is pretty much based on my own personality – being that when I’m on and off stage, I like to have the same amount of fun whether it be with the audience, cast members or friends and family. Being the emcee, I get to take everybody through the journey but also piece together the pieces of the puzzle that make...
Cityscape suffers some serious job envy catching up with She Chocolate’s master chocolatier Oonagh Brown. How did you become a chocolate alchemist?
Chocolate found me – I never believed I was creative until I started playing with chocolate.
Where do you get your chocolate?
We predominantly use Belgium couverture chocolate, and we also buy beans from the Pacific Islands. We use organic, non-organic, single origin, fair trade – the whole spectrum where flavour, quality and the story are paramount.
What’s the best thing about being a chocolatier?
I have, on-hand, the best chocolate in the world! At She we are constantly given chocolate from all around the world, and it usually lies with a bite or two taken out of it in the chocolate kitchen until it expires.
Do you ever get sick of eating chocolate?
Chocolate is the most sacred and ancient ingredient on the planet – it’s been here for thousands of years – and I can definitely take a few more...