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...
London Conchord are an acclaimed chamber music ensemble that are sometimes referred to as the “London Supergroup” in chamber music circles. They’re coming to New Zealand for the first time this spring to treat local classical aficionados to the rich sound that has won them a worldwide following. Stuffed to the gunnels with musical talent, the 8-piece ensemble combines strings, wind and piano to delightful purpose.
They’ll be treating Christchurch audiences to a programme of Mozart, Schoenberg, Poulenc and Debussy at Charles Luney Auditorium on the 11th of October in what is sure to be one of the highlights of the local classical music calendar of 2016.
London Conchord Ensemble, Charles Luney Auditorium, Tuesday 11 October. Tickets via www.chambermusic.co.nz...
Down at the Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof (more commonly known as The ‘Hof to their friends) they know you love beer, but also know you love a good wine and food match too, which is why they're stoked to be able to bring you the Belgian Beer Café Torenhof’s Winemakers’ Dinner Series, which kicks off on Wednesday, June 22 with an extravagant food-and-wine showcase for the top drops Martinborough Vineyard.
With a new dinner each month until September, each delectable dining experience over the four months of the series will combine a specially-created four-course menu perfectly paired to a flight of fantastic wines from some of the country’s (and Australia’s!) best wineries – including national favourites Pegasus Bay Winery, Marisco Vineyards and Wither Hills – for just $85 per person (or $75 pre-registration for those organised enough to get in early!).
BBC executive chef Friedrich and his crew will be slacing...
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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!...
Spring means one thing in these parts – Cup & Show Week. Action heats up alongside the weather as we all celebrate Canterbury’s biggest party in style during the week-long mix of glam parties and rural flava in November.
Gussy yourself up for the big-money/fashion-stakes of the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup, then grab the kids (yours or someone else’s) for the region’s main event, the Canterbury A&P Show, and plan out your fab farm day (or hey, just go solo and spend some serious adults-only time at the BaaBaa Bar. We’re not judging.).
Watch out for splinters at the woodchopping competition, discover something delicious for lunch from the region’s top gourmet food producers in the Food and Wine NZ Pavilion, and catch Kiwi icons The Feelers live on Show Day (Friday the 13th). (Do NOT go on one of the ghost trains, though. The only thing that will haunt...
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...
The Royal New Zealand Ballet seems to have a major hit on its hands after the sell-out world premiere of The Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Wellington on the 20th of August – good news for Christchurch audiences with the production heading to the Isaac Theatre Royal from 27-29 August, to be accompanied by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
The brand new ballet by 29 year old British choreographer Liam Scarlett, one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world today, seems to have won over critics and audience members alike.
“The magic and delight never let up. This is an absolutely splendid production of which choreographer, Liam Scarlett and the Royal New Zealand Ballet can be justifiably proud” says dance critic Ann Hunt from the Dominion Post. “One can see why he (Scarlett) is the current wunderkind of British ballet.”
Jennifer Shennan noted that “The dance rises...