I had the pleasure of working with Ria on a little track that ended up in What We Do in the Shadows. She's an amazing singer and just a super smart interesting person. I imagine that whatever she pulls out for the Festival it will make the audience wanna dance and think at the same time.
I love that whatever New Zealand sends to the Venice Biennale it drives some stupid journalist crazy. "Don't spend my money on this nonsense!" If art makes closed-minded op-ed writers upset then it's doing its job. There is some really amazing work in this show, I'm excited about seeing it all in one space!
I'm keen on this show on so many levels.
A) It is Star Wars so something I can do with my kids and we will all enjoy.
B) It’s the NZSO, always impressive, and conducted by Hamish McKeich, great guy, genius.
C) OMG John Williams' score LIVE...perhaps the greatest film score of all time. The woodwinds! Man, I really love this music.
I know nothing about this but don't you just want to see huge theatre productions? I feel like we miss out on some of the larger theatre spectacles in NZ and this one looks pretty exciting.
Well, this isn't a single show but rather it is an aspect of the festival; school engagement that gets me really excited. I loved going to the warm-up nights of the NZ Opera when I was a kid. I think it's a great part of the Festival and I think all us parents should be doing what we can to get our kids to more live performance. Those experiences stick with you your whole life.