Matariki arrives, plus new art and theatre in Auckland

by India Hendrikse / 09 June, 2017

Poropiti: The Prophet

Basement Theatre, Tue 20–Sat 24 Jun

Performers Tola Newbery and Mara TK (above) project visions of a pre-European New Zealand and meditate on the pitfalls of modern-day capitalism. Choreography, physical theatre and live music come together to create a surrealist depiction of M¯aori history. Lower Greys Ave, central city

The Civic Tours

The Civic, Sat 24–Sun 25 Jun

After Hunt for the Wilderpeople popularised the word ‘majestical’, we can’t not apply it to The Civic theatre. Explore the heritage building in these new guided tours. Cnr Queen St & Wellesley St, central city

Last Night of the Proms

Bruce Mason Centre, Fri 23 Jun & Auckland Town Hall, Sun 25

The Auckland Symphony Orchestra has collaborated with Auckland choir Stellar Singers to take you on a musical journey with a bevy of British classics.

The Road That Wasn’t There

Herald Theatre, Tue 11–Sat 15 Jul

This is a fairytale in the spirit of the late, great Margaret Mahy, and as the master of children’s literature, we bet this will be a great show for the kids (and adventurous adults). Magic is created through puppetry, shadow-play and live music, helping shape the story of a young woman who wanders off the beaten track. 50 Mayoral Dr, central city

Claudia Jowitt

Melanie Roger Gallery, Wed 21 Jun–Sat 15 Jul

We had a very visceral reaction to Jowitt’s paintings at the Paperboy office. The textured, layered watercolour-toned effects are a maze for the eye. 444 Karangahape Rd, central city

Te Korakora on Federal

Federal St, Thu 22 Jun

Federal Street will explode with kai this Matariki and we’ll definitely be lining up to try tasty treats from the M āori food stalls set to pop up along the street. Expect art, music and dancing, too. Federal St, central city

Madcap Madness

St Kevins Arcade, Sat 1 Jul

St Kevins Arcade’s underground bars Whammy, Backroom and Wine Cellar will be home to the city’s newest music fest. The 21-strong line-up boasts all homegrown artists, including Raiza Biza and Villette (above).

Meet Muddle Make

Fresh Gallery Ōtara, until Sat 17 Jun

Ōtara’s Fresh Gallery has collaborated with staff from Manukau Institute of Technology to produce various works that explore the meeting of different languages and disciplines.

Gary Freemantle: Cave Colours

Black Asterisk, until Wed 28 Jun

The soft, varied tones of this series mine the colours of New Zealand soil; hundreds of collected earth samples generate the rich hues of these works. 10 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby

Jekyll and Hyde

Basement Theatre, Tue 4–Sat 15 Jul

A reworked version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novel. Created by theatre company A Slightly Isolated Dog – the same people behind last year’s hilarious Don Juan – this is a silly, interactive and outrageous take on the evil escapades of Mr Jekyll.  Lower Greys Ave, central city

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