What I’m overexcited about this week…
Royal New Zealand Ballet’s NYC opened on Wednesday night at The Civic – this is a triple bill of three short ballets inspired by the Big Apple. This is the first season programmed by the companies new artistic director Ethan Stiefel – someone who is considered one of the most advanced dancers in the world – since he took over the creative reins late last year. He’s involved some impressive names from the American ballet world including hotshot choreographers Larry Keigwin and Mr Natalie Portman Benjamin Millipied of Black Swan fame. His fiancée Gillian Murphy, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre is making a guest appearance – after this season she’s performing at the MET in New York. Plus you get to see the stars of The Secret Lives of Dancers in real life, not just on TV.
I was lucky enough to go to opening night and it was brilliant. The second ballet Final Dress was particularly breathtaking – fresh, energetic and beautifully performed. This work is brand new and really could be performed anywhere in the world – and I hope it is!
NYC is on for three more nights at The Civic before touring to Takapuna, Hamilton, Ashburton, Dunedin, Wellington and Napier. Info at www.NZBallet.org.nz.
The NZ International Comedy Festival is turning 20 this year. Comedy is on the up and up in NZ with the success of shows like 7 Days, and it’s no longer just the international comedians drawing the crowds. The festival kicks off every year with the Comedy Gala – a tasting plate of many of the top comedians performing in the festival. This year it will be hosted by American Greg Behrendt who is known just as much for his books as he is for his stand up – he wrote that famous relationship book He’s Just Not That Into You’. I’ve checked him out on YouTube and this is one funny guy.
The gala is still a few months away, but it sells out really fast, so if you don’t want to miss out on big shows like this you should definitely head to www.comedyfestival.co.nz to sign up to the ‘comedy family’ so you can get all the pre-sales.
One of the biggest bands of my generation confirmed the rumours that they are heading this way – Radiohead’s Vector Arena concert for 6 November was announced on Monday and the concert was on general sale on Thursday morning at 9am via www.ticketmaster.co.nz - I was lucky enough to get a ticket before it sold out – apparently in 20 minutes!