Standing Room Only (RNZ)
The Italian Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand ballet company Francesco Ventriglia reveals his hopes and dreams for his dancers, ahead of the first production for 2015, Don Quixote.
Author, Charity Norman
Imagine the person you've been married to for 30 years, has a secret. You think you know them better than anyone, that your life is near perfect, you both love your kids and grandkids, and that you'll go on to celebrate many more anniversaries to...
Dirt and Other Delicious Ingredients
"Everything comes from the dirt," says Artistic Director and Choreographer Sacha Copeland, of the inspiration behind her new show, Dirt and Other Delicious Ingredients. The contemporary dance show will be launching the Capital E Arts Festival this...
Simon Grigg from Audio Culture talks about the Wellington Music scene in the early 1970s - including our very own Simon Morris' band Tamburlaine.
Bringing back Elbe's Milk Bar
An art project re-creates the notorious Elbe Milk Bar in the Hutt Valley, the behaviour of some of its teenage patrons led to moral panic which led to the damning Mazengarb Report. Sixty years on, Tim Barlow is working with students from the Rangatahi...
Why a new portrait of master mariner Captain James Cook has so many people upset even before it goes on show at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington. Nigel Brown's unconventional depiction of the master mariner is part of an exhibition...
Richard Meros is back
Before the 2008 election, a character called Richard Meros had a plan to help the incumbent Labour Government avoid certain defeat. And it was as bold as it was wordy. On the Conditions and Possibilities of Helen Clark Taking Me as Her Young Lover...
Dr Geoff Kemp
Dr Geoff Kemp looks back at censorship through the ages, and how these days it's mainly regarded as the enemy of free speech. Censorship Moments: Reading Texts in the History of Censorship and Freedom of Expression is published by Bloomsbury.
Plant a tree and a bird will come, says artist Niki Hastings-McFall. But will they still turn up if you wrap the tree in thousands of artificial lei? Niki is doing just that in her new work, Fale Ula for the Auckland Arts Festival. She's hoping to...
The co-founder of the New Zealand Dance Company has been named the country's top creative entrepreneur for 2015. She talks about what it takes to be an entrepreneur in the arts, the importance of mentoring young dancers, and the company's upcoming...
Dunedin Sound goes operatic
Is adapting those sparse, dark and brooding Dunedin Sound songs from the 1980s into operatic versions genius or sacrilege? Arranger and member of The Verlaines Graeme Downes reckons it's the former. Dunedin born soprano Anna Leese joins Graeme and...
Hikoi - Nancy Brunning
Actor and director Nancy Brunning bases her first play, Hikoi, on her own family story and sets it in the 1970s and 80s - the years of Bastion Point and Springbok Tour protests, predictions of the demise of Te Reo Maori, and Dame Whina Cooper's hikoi...
Costume designer Emma Ransley moved from working in the film and TV industries to creating costumes that genuinely push the boundaries of design. A video of her work has been picked to represent New Zealand at an upcoming international costume...
Tihema Baker's debut novel Watched focuses on teens linving in a dystopia who gain superpowers.
The Digital Age of DJing
Haden Gilgen aka DJ Spell is quiet and unassuming-traits that you would not expect for a man who can perform in front of crowds of thousands, as he did at last year's DMC finals held in London last September.
Multi-media artist Jade Townsend is just back from a three month residency in Beijing where she found her artworks about consumerism were a huge hit with the Chinese. She's become the first female artist to be invited to exhibit at Beijing's exclusive...
Angela Boyd is a specialist archival footage researcher for film and TV makers. After starting out at the TVNZ Archive, Angela has gone freelance to work on films and TV series including Home By Christmas, Strongman: A Tragedy, What We Do In The...
It's always great when a New Zealand film gets a big overseas release - but what happens when a big American studio insists on major tampering? Simon Morris talks to Housebound's writer-director Gerard Johnson, producer Luke Sharp, and Executive...
New Zealand is the country of honour at another of the world's big literary events - two years ago it was Frankfurt, this year Taiwan's chosen this country to introduce to its readers and others from around the world. Sam Elworthy who's president of...
High Mountain - Flowing Water
Lynda Chanwai-Earle met renowned New Zealand composer Jack Body and a group of visiting Chinese virtuoso performers at a special one-off performance in Wellington recently, to learn more about the art of collaboration with one of our very best.
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