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
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
"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
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.