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What Not To Miss At This Year’s Auckland Art Festival

By Martha Brooke - 01 Mar 2017

What Not To Miss At This Year’s Auckland Art Festival

For 19 spectacular days this March, our city will once again play host to a smorgasbord of international and homegrown talent, as we welcome back the Auckland Arts Festival. From circus to comedy and dance to drama, the festival promises to delight all audiences with the vast array of shows and spectacles on offer. With not long to go until the festivities commence, here are our top ten showcases not to be missed this Auckland Arts Festival!

Cirque Eloize ID

Yeah, we may think that our own attempts at roly-polies and cartwheels are pretty bad-ass but have you ever (successfully!) managed to spin your entire body around and upside down while on top of three precariously balanced chairs, using just one hand? Didn’t think so. Cirque ID have wowed more than 500 audiences worldwide and Auckland is set to be no different. Watch from behind spread fingers as the amazing cast acrobat, swing and contort their way around the stage as you slowly turn green with envy.

Where: The Civic, Auckland City
When: March 8—12
For more info, click here.

Power Plant

Watch one of Auckland’s most favourite parks come to life this Art Festival, as the Domain plays host to Power Plant. Already thrilling and delighting visitors worldwide, this showcase is bound to get Auckland cameras snapping like crazy. Watch as the trees, bushes and plant life become a part of phenomenal light installations and illuminating sights as you take part in this nocturnal bush walk.

Where: Auckland Domain, Newmarket
When: March 8—19
For more info, click here.

La Soiree

Leave your kids and inhibitions at home, as this show is for adult eyes only. La Soiree is the devil on your shoulder. It’s naughty, it’s full of thrills and spills and it’s entertainment at its best. Marvel and gawp as the award-winning cast delight all senses through cabaret, burlesque and circus. Having performed all over the world, La Soiree show no signs of slowing down or behaving as they bring their critically acclaimed show to the lucky people of Auckland.

Where: Aotea Square, Auckland City
When: March 8—26
For more info, click here.

Every Brilliant Thing

It’s a continuing centre focus in society and one which we all, one way or another, may relate to. Depression affects a growing number of people today and although for the sufferer alone, it is extremely tough to deal with, many of us forget that it can also affect family members. Every Brilliant Thing beautifully showcases how depression alters a family dynamic and how it can force us to look at how brilliant the world actually is. Told through the eyes of a six-year-old, this show and its themes are bound to resonate with so many and will leave a lasting impression.

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland City
When: March 21—26
For more info, click here.

The Biggest

Join Pat, Stu, Mick and Poppa who are just four regular, Kiwi blokes looking to do some good. When Stu is involved in a car accident and loses his boat in the wreckage, his three best buds go out to try and win him a new one, in the coveted Hauraki fishing comp. For a light-hearted, bromance-filled show, The Biggest is one heck of a heart warmer and a classic Kiwi comedy not to be missed.

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland City
When: March 9—19
For more info, click here.

Horror

Prepare to be scared Auckland, Horror is coming to town. With no pillows to hide behind or ‘off button’ to push, watch behind nail-bitten fingers as the cast of Horror recreate cult classic films such as The Ring, Evil Dead and The Shining through the art of special effects, illusions and theatre. It’s gruesome and nothing short of terrifying and is bound to make you scream and shriek. Horror certainly isn’t for the faint hearted.

Where: The Civic, Auckland City
When: March 21—26
For more info, click here.

Respect

‘R, E, S, P, E, C, T, find out what it means to me’, is one of the most powerful, kick-ass and fist-punching lyrics that ignites the fire in females worldwide. Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. is renowned for her epic contributions to music, but did you ever think you’d get to hear her smash hits performed by some of New Zealand’s best female vocalists? Now you can. Respect is set to bring the house down as Aaradhna, Annie Crummer, Bella Kalolo and Esther Stephens, along with a big band, play homage to Aretha in this jaw-dropping show that cannot be missed.

Where: Aotea Square, Auckland City
When: March 22—24
For more info, click here.

Cellfish

Join the residents of a New Zealand Correctional Facility in the dark yet comical show; Cellfish. Watch as the inmates share their daily struggles and challenges, show what life in prison is really like and whether they have actually straightened their ways. Expect laughs, thrills and a whole lotta nail-biting action as the cast take you behind bars and into their deep, dark minds.

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland City
When: March 8—14
For more info, click here.

Peer Gynt (recycled)

The World Premiere of Peer Gynt (recycled) is coming to Auckland’s ASB Waterfront Theatre and trust us, you’ll want to be there. Peer is a bad boy, there’s no denying that. After seducing a bride on her wedding night, he takes off on a journey of love, fame and fortune, bringing with him a whole host of adventure, dreams and why in this day and age, it’s totally okay to be obsessed with yourself. Or is it? This show packs a punch, questions society and will be sure to take you on the ride of your life!

Where: ASB Waterfront Theatre, Wynyard Quarter
When: March 7—18
For more info, click here.

Lost At Sea

The sea is one of the biggest things on our planet, we all know that. But what would you do if you came across 28,000 rubber ducks and other bathroom toys floating in the pacific? Follow the journey of two children who become fascinated with this true story and delve deeper into the mysteries of the sea and how important it really is to everyone on earth. Brilliantly written and beautifully performed, this piece is a heart-warming, scientific show for all. 

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland City
When: March 16—19
For more info, click here.
 

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Image credit: Kirsten Reynolds for Power Plant

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