NZ Festival 2018
Fri 23 Feb 2018, 07:00 pm
Sun 18 Mar 2018, 10:00 pm
Festivals, Dance, Music, Theatre
Free - $89
Tickets on sale now
Discover art for everyone, everywhere over three short weeks in Wellington
The New Zealand Festival is Aotearoa’s leading celebration of cutting-edge culture. For three weeks, once every two years, the Festival transforms Wellington into a thriving, enlivening festival city, abuzz with the best arts and artists from around the world.
From 23 February – 18 March 2018, come and experience art for everyone, everywhere. On the streets, along the waterfront, in stately theatres, tucked down laneways, on the beach and around the region. Take your pick of world-class theatre, dance, music and so much more to create a fabulous, mind-expanding arts experience just for you.
Tickets are now on sale for all New Zealand Festival events: www.festival.co.nz/2018/events/
WHAT'S ON: A SNAPSHOT
Beyond Time - U-Theatre, Taiwan
27 & 28 February @ St James Theatre
Beyond Time offers a thrilling “glimpse into other dimensions” (Broadway World) with its fusion of martial arts, tai chi, contemporary dance, bold percussion and stunning visual effects. You’ll be carried off to an enthralling new universe far removed from the bustle of everyday life.
Betroffenheit - A Kidd Pivot, Electric Company Theatre co-production / Co-created by Crystal Pite & Jonathon Young
3 & 4 March @ St James Theatre
Theatre maker Jonathon Young and five-star choreographer Crystal Pite have united forces with astounding effect in this Olivier Award–winning dance work. A work of staggering pain and beauty, this cutting-edge dance–theatre hybrid lays bare on stage the emotional state of shock and bewilderment that takes hold of you in the wake of a disaster. These two artists at the top of their game transform an almost unbearable personal tragedy into “a stunning testament to what can happen when life turns into art” (The Globe and Mail, Canada).
Orpheus: A Dance Opera - Michael Parmenter / The New Zealand Dance Company
16 & 17 March @ Opera House
One of New Zealand’s most acclaimed choreographers, Michael Parmenter, returns to the Festival with the world premiere season of OrphEus – a dance opera, a bold new work with The New Zealand Dance Company. Parmenter has drawn on a ravishing musical score, including Rameau and Charpentier, reflecting a period during which the ancient Greek hero invoked a harmonious cosmos and a hierarchical political order. Since then, Orpheus has come to represent art’s power to transcend suffering and death.
Rushes - Movement of the Human
23 February-5 March @ Circa Theatre
A multi-award-winning collaboration, Rushesis an inter-arts experience like no other. Immerse yourself in this unique show where live music gig meets art gallery meets theatre, dance and film.Rusheslets you choose your own adventure. Pick a pathway through a series of performance spaces that can be explored at will.
Vist the NZ Festival website for the full programme: www.festival.co.nz