Hot Picks Press Release

Theatre, cabaret, dance and a Canadian circus are among the first four major shows to be announced for the 2013 Christchurch Arts Festival.

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The shows were announced last night by festival director Philip Tremewan who says they offer a taste of what's to come for Christchurch Arts Festival 2013 which runs from 22 August to 22 September with much of the programme taking place across the five weekends.

"We're excited about announcing these four shows," Philip says. "We wanted to give people a little taste of some of our 'hot picks' for the festival ahead of the full programme launch in June." Darkly seductive cabaret show CANTINA showcases heart-stopping acrobatic skills in a dusty world of vaudeville and faded glamour; while New Zealand theatre work Live at Six encourages audience members to bring their smartphones and upload footage for live editing as two competing television networks race to file a story on a news anchor who goes off the rails.

A joint New Zealand/China dance piece, Fault Lines reflects on the devastating Sichuan earthquake, exposing the intimate human response to natural disaster. It has been co-commissioned by Christchurch Arts Festival with Melbourne Arts Festival and features a Christchurch creative team headed by director Sara Brodie, assistant choreographer Ross McCormack and designer Mark McEntyre with music recorded by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

Traces from Canada's Les 7 Doights De La Mainis a high-energy circus show mixing jaw-dropping acrobatic skills with jet-propelled urban energy. Backed by visual projections, music and sheer physical prowess, Traces is fun for the whole family. Philip says the Festival will be using a variety of venues again for 2013 with most shows at the Aurora Centre, the Rudolf Steiner School and the Fletcher Building Festival Club which this year will be located in Market Square.

Christchurch Arts Festival 2013 runs from 22 August to 22 September and includes more than 50 shows, performances and events - theatre, dance, music, classical music, opera, cabaret, circus, visual arts and ideas. The full programme will be announced on Wednesday 19 June. For details about Live at Six, Fault Lines, Traces and CANTINA, visit www.artsfestival.co.nz. Tickets for these four shows are on sale from Monday 3 June.