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Arts

July 17, 2017

I wasn’t planning on writing about Twin Peaks until the third season was well and truly done and I had time to digest it. The beauty of David Lynch’s work is best grasped when viewed as a whole — season one is a mundane affair until episode three, when the first sighting of Bob really […]

July 8, 2017

The notebook that I use to write my criticisms and praises in during a theatrical production was left notably absent at the end of Courtney Rose Brown’s The First Time, and it was not simply a result of the stage lights being confined to five central spotlights. From an opening that introduces each character and […]

June 19, 2017

At one point during Larger Than Life, Te-Whakakotahitanga-o-Ngā-iwi-o-Te-Motu Boy-George Jackson (the full name of Tahi, played by Shadrack Simi) calls his lost love to stage in order to serenade them. The problem is there are only three actors onstage during Larger Than Life, and all are intimately involved with the performance of aforementioned serenade. The […]

June 19, 2017

I am by no means a veteran of the world of dance. Unless you count furiously gyrating and unconvincingly lip-syncing to Roxy Music’s 1973 classic Street Life for an assembly talent show when I was 12, I have never “danced”. Manaia, which is part of the Kia Mau Festival in Wellington, served as my first […]

June 14, 2017

Six years ago, someone close to me died. I still haven’t sorted out her things. Each item is simultaneously vital, and meaningless. I’m angry at the things: they have outlived her. Subconsciously, they haunt me. They are a reminder of what no longer exists. — Director Jane Young, speaking on the motivation for The Basement […]

June 14, 2017

I was surprised I could even make it out to the theatre. Exams are looming, the arrows of assignments are firing my way, and I felt a sniffle of a cold coming on. Nevertheless, I found myself sitting at Circa Theatre not knowing what to expect from this play, which was adapted from Ivan Turgenev’s […]

June 7, 2017

It’s almost soul affirming to report that the DC Cinematic Universe has produced a film that is actually fantastically enjoyable, which is no mean feat considering they’ve been getting progressively worse over the last few years. As a superhero film it’s not what one would call groundbreaking (it being an origin story, as well as […]

June 6, 2017

In lieu of my opinion, here are some places you might like to go form your own over the break. If you think of something good, write to me: arts@salient.org.nz   Adam Art Gallery: Acting Out “Works by a selection of New Zealand and international artists who address the physicality of the body.” > July […]

June 6, 2017

Master of None is a Netflix original show created by comedian Aziz Ansari (best known for his role as Tom Haverford in Parks & Recreation) and writer Alan Yang (also Parks & Recreation), in which Ansari plays a fictionalised version of himself, Dev Shah, an up-and-coming actor in New York who is good with food […]