Café Müller / The Rite of Spring
Dance, Theatre 17 – 20 Mar
Discover why the great Pina Bausch (1940–2009) inspires such devotion when her legendary company comes to New Zealand for the first time.
Her work has the scale of grand opera and the dream-quality of Fellini's filmsThe Independent
The God that Comes
Theatre, Music 15 – 20 Mar
Part play, part concert, all Bacchanalian, this booze-soaked rock ‘n’ roll cabaret is a sexy one-man show overflowing with “deft wit and razor sharp humour” (Calgary Sun, Canada).
small metal objects
Theatre 16 – 19 Mar
A theatrical gem
that unfolds amid the pedestrian traffic of the city. With individual sets of
headphones, the audience is wired in to an intensely personal drama being played
out somewhere in the crowd.
The ACB With Honora Lee
Theatre 27 Feb – 26 Mar
Quirky humour, playfulness and intergenerational love are at the heart of this adaptation of the 2012 novel by Kate De Goldi, one of New Zealand’s most loved authors, popular with adults and children alike.
Artist Talk, Theatre 15 Mar
The company Back to Back explain how their work smallmetal objects questions the assumptions of what is possible in theatre, along with the assumptions we all hold about ourselves and each other.
A Novel Approach
Artist Talk, Theatre 16 Mar
The ACB with Honora Lee author Kate De Goldi talks with Jane Waddell, who adapted the novel for Circa’s Festival production, about of bringing this beloved New Zealand story to life.
dance, CIRQUE, Theatre, Spectacular 02 – 07 Mar
Enter the world
of a surrealist painting, with a heady mix of spectacular acrobatics, theatre, dance
and music performed against the monumental Salvador Dalí backdrop that sparked this
Theatre 10 – 16 Mar
In this stunning two-tier staging, downstairs you’ll follow the work, lives and loves of four film-makers over a year in Buenos Aires, while upstairs the films they’re making come to life.
Complexity of Belonging
Dance, Theatre 11 – 13 Mar
A daring and darkly humorous exploration of identity in the age of social media from two of dance and theatre’s most unflinching makers.
The Devil's Half-Acre
Theatre 09 – 13 Mar
The award-winning team that delighted audiences with The Bookbinder and
The Road that Wasn’tThere return with a darker, more adult tale
of the uncanny.
The Woman Who Forgot
Theatre 02 – 09 Mar
Who needs a stage when you have an entire city? Fans of the 2014 Festival’s “subtlemobs” won’t want to miss this even more multi-dimensional piece of adventure theatre.
Sketch to Stage
Artist Talk, Theatre 03 Mar
Theatre Stampede and Nightsong Productions are known for their ingenious staging of theatre work. Find how they brought Te Pō from sketch to stage.
Born in a Barn
Theatre, Music, Artist Talk 29 Feb
In this artist talk, learn about the theatre company Kneehigh from Mike Shepherd, director of Dead Dog in a Suitcase.
Not in our Neighbourhood
Theatre 26 – 28 Feb
Kali Kopae gives an incredible performance in all four roles in a thought-provoking and refreshingly honest one-woman play about the many guises of domestic violence.
Theatre 06 Mar
The stories of Wellingtonians – and trouble-makers – Te Rauparaha, Robin Hyde, Nancy Wake, James K Baxter and Carmen Rupe told from the set of a three-metre-high pop-up book.
dance, Theatre 01 – 06 Mar
This highly inventive show takes the old playground game of making chalk outlines and turns it into a look at how we fill in the outlines of each other’s identities.
Theatre 05 Mar
The unofficial history of how Elizabeth Moncello invented the butterfly stroke with the help of fish, penguins and other aquatic friends while growing up on Australia’s Gabo Island in the 1930s.
Theatre 01 – 05 Mar
A policeman, a priest and a blind man look for clues that will lead them to the missing playwright Bruce Mason in this eloquent and surprising comedy punctuated by Māori showband songs.
Every Brilliant Thing
Theatre 02 – 05 Mar
You’re six years
old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid”. She finds it hard
to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the
Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) A New Beggar's Opera
Theatre, Music 26 Feb – 02 Mar
Busting with wit, wonder and weirdness, this was one of The Guardian’s Top 10 theatre shows of 2014. The ever-inventive, multi-talented Kneehigh rework John Gay’s bawdy 18th-century musical satire The Beggar’s Opera.