“One of the big success stories of international dance…a
pacesetter with a difference”– The New York
A double-bill programme performed one night only and exclusive to
Christchurch Arts Festival, Beyond
Calligraphy highlights the exquisite grace and
physicality of China’s Guangdong Modern Dance Company.
The award-winning work begins with Upon
Calligraphy,developed fromthe stylistic essence
of Chinese script styles; while Ink Wash
Landscape pays homage to the spiritual essence of ink
wash painting and reflects on the cold, emotionless mode of
communication in the digital era.
Described as a ‘poem of
movements’,Upon Calligraphy is
comprises five dances named after the five different script
styles in Chinese calligraphy.
“… full of meditative grace, sharp, cut-crystal
physicality and languid dignity” – Washington Post
Ink Wash Landscape is a commentary on the cold,
emotionless mode of communication in the digital era, which is
resolved in balance and harmony between the water and ink.
The Hereora Cultural Celebration evening is a time for some of
the kura in the Waimairi-iri Kahui Ako to get their cultural
groups together to perform in front of whānau and friends. We see
ourselves as one whānau or 'He whānau kotahi tātou,' so this
offers us an amazing opportunity to share each other’s strengths
with a focus on whanaungatanga and manaakitanga. The event will
be run over two nights and tickets will be sorted out within each
of the kura.
Tickets available at participating schools, please contact your
Presented by: Christchurch Arts Festival
The Absurdity of Humanity
Friday 15 September - 7:30pm
The New Zealand Dance Company
Striking works by acclaimed NZ choreographer Ross
McCormack (Matter) and Australia’s Lina
Limosani (Whispers from Pandora’s Box) form a
stage-blazing trans-Tasman double bill from The New Zealand Dance
Company for one night only.
Matter is an exceptionally inventive work created by
one of New Zealand’s finest and internationally renowned
choreographers. This highly acclaimed piece contemplates
indecision, environment and questions of purpose within a surreal
network of giant pillars. Matter invites you to
delve into the depths of humanity, including your own.
Whispers from Pandora’s Box is a theatrical
exposition where Kill Bill meets Elizabeth I, a
true romp of action-packed pandemonium. With a score created from
mashed up film soundtracks and absurdist music, this black comedy
contains Elizabethan-period inspired costumes, David Lynch style
elements, and shockingly timed fight sequences.
“The Absurdity of Humanity is a powerful and compelling
commentary on the human condition and it should not be
missed.”- NZ Herald
Supported by Creative New Zealand
Recommended for ages 11+
Times are approximate and subject to change at any time.
A show not to be missed, a marvellous extravaganza of a
cappella and barbershop at it’s very best!
The Christchurch City Chorus is proud to bring
world champions The Westminster
Chorus, and Love
Notes international champion quartet to Christchurch. Come
and hear the thrill of live a cappella singing.
Based in southern California, The Westminster Chorus is widely
appreciated as one of the finest a cappella ensembles in the
world. In addition to the chorus’ three Barbershop Harmony
Society international gold medals, The Westminster Chorus also
won Choir of the World title in 2009.
This is a first-time New Zealand visit for LoveNotes quartet.
LoveNotes won the International Rising Star contest in 2005 and
then went on to become Queens of Harmony, 2014 Sweet Adelines
International Champions. They are a thrill to hear and experience
With Two Grammy nominations, two ARIA Awards and repeated honours
in the Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll, Tommy Emmanuel has
captivated his audiences as one of the most outstanding solo
performers you will ever experience with a unique style
Emmanuel frequently threads three different parts simultaneously
into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the
melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once. There’s a
science to assembling the parts, and Emmanuel’s technical gift
has earned him multiple awards. But the average fan could listen
without even considering the precision behind the work, focusing
instead on the artful tension and release of Emmanuel’s
Emmanuel’s technical precision, his virtuosic improvisations and
his unusually broad repertoire, which encompasses not only
country and bluegrass, but pop, jazz, blues, gospel, even
classical, flamenco, and aboriginal styles makes for one of the
most enjoyable music experiences. Don't miss this opportunity.
Box Office Opens: 6.30pm
Doors Open: 30 minutes prior to performance start time
Running Time: 2hrs 15mins approx. Including Interval
Following a month in Edinburgh, Kiwi crooners Modern
Māori Quartet return for a national tour with their debut
album “That’s Us!”. Taking in some of the finest halls and
theatres Aotearoa has on offer, the Quartet are guaranteed to
entertain with their signature blend of off-beat comedy, stage
routines and an array of original songs, New Zealand classics and
Annie Crummer, local superstar and Pacific Music Awards “Lifetime
Achievement” recipient, will be joining the boys on tour, as will
frequent MMQ collaborator Awhimai Fraser, making this a Kiwiana
show not to be missed.
“… the new face of Maori showbands, handsome,
hilarious and harmonious ... entertainment at its best”
Times are approx. and subject to change at any time.
All Shows (except New Plymouth)
Show Starts: 7:30pm
Finish (Approx.) 9:10pm
Two of Ireland’s best-loved groups DUBLIN’S IRISH
TENORS and THE CELTIC
LADIES combine to present one beautiful concert
tour of New Zealand this November.
Moving tirelessly from opera to pop, jazz to classical, each
member of DUBLIN’S IRISH
TENORS and THE CELTIC
LADIES showcase their unique talents, from lively
fiddling, to marvellous melodies, to perfected piano
These two groups bring an excellent mix of traditional Irish
tunes, adult contemporary and classical music.
Hits powerfully and beautifully performed throughout the concert
include Danny Boy,
Cockles and Mussels, Twist & Shout, Hey Jude, Nessun Dorma,
That’s Life, You Raise Me Up, Scarborough Fair, We Are the
Champions, Smile, O Sole Mio, Loch Lomond, Rolling in the
Deep and Ticket to Ride.
Each number carefully choreographed to combine different
additional elements and actions such as dancing humour, special
effects, sets and audience interaction enhance the total audience
enjoyment of the show.
DUBLIN’S IRISH TENORS and THE
CELTIC LADIES have become one of the most popular shows
Ireland has seen in years. With wonderful harmonies and lilting
melodies, listen in amazement as these talented singers take you
on a breathtaking musical journey.