Salute performance 'emotionally charged'

NZ Army Band and the Royal New Zealand Ballet's collaboration in Salute, a WW1 commemorative programme.

Salute, the New Zealand Ballet’s commemorative programme marking the World War One centennial is choreographically diverse and emotionally charged, presenting a multitude of challenges for the company’s dancers.

Making his own way in music video

Michael Luke is currently working on his mix tape Autumn which he is hoping will help him launch his musical career.

Michael Luke is a Palmerston North musician who is making his own way in music.

Art on a whimsy

Mia Hamilton at her Wellington studio with daisies that she has made out of danger tape.

Mia Hamilton is a mixed media artist holding her debut Manawatu show at the Zimmerman Art Gallery.

Street art off the beaten track gallery

It's art with purpose and fight on the edge of the Ruahines and the Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre is run by artists for artists and something beyond. Carly Thomas went out of town to see something quite out of this world. 

The art of old

Azure Ellis is holding her first exhibition at Palmerston North's White Room Gallery, showing off her fascination with textiles.

Palmerston North artist Azure Ellis will be exhibiting for the first time at the White Room Gallery.

Art invites anyone to jam

There's always a bit of time to goof off for Haere Mai Taiko drummers Helen Au and Fumiko Goodhue

The sound of drums is something to wake people up on their way to work.

Ballet struggles to draw crowd

The principal cast stole the show in Moscow Ballet La Classique's Sleeping Beauty in Hamilton.

REVIEW: Principal ballerinas shine in La Classique's Sleeping Beauty, despite a poor audience turnout.

The naked truth about myself

This isn't me. Really.

They arrived, out of the blue, on my front doorstep, rolled up in a cardboard tube: images of myself, naked, sent to me by a stranger.

Tutus and trumpets in the trenches

The New Zealand Army Band and the Royal New Zealand Ballet collaborate on Salute, a WWI commemorative show making its world premiere in Wellington on Friday night. Dancer Lucy Green with, from left, Corporal Marc Ellis, Yang Liu, Corporal Vaea Peterson, Lori Gilchrist, Private Jordan Seaton, Alayna Ng, Private Raynor Martin, Bronte Kelly, Private Joel Williams, Katherine Grange and Private Hettie Adams.

The army band meets the ballet in this WWI commemoration show.

Musical dawn in Palmy video

Palmerston North rock band Dusk Till Dawn rehearse in one of the practice rooms at The Stomach.  From left: Lee Hamilton, Steven Whittaker, Jayson Harris and William Palmer

Dusk Til Dawn are a rock 'n' roll band who are finding their way on the Palmerston North music scene.

Capturing the sun gallery

Feature, the design story behind Te Manawa's latest touring exhibition, Sunlight. One of the modules showing how big the sun will expand to over time.

Sunlight-Ihi Komaru is Te Manawa's new touring exhibition that took two years and $300,000 to complete.

'Anti Groovy' artworks painted on gallery walls

Mark Braunias' installation Anti Groovy is on show at Jonathan Smart Gallery.

Artist Mark Braunias has painted creatures and mysterious forms directly only the walls of a Sydenham gallery.

Real Tart art gallery closes

New Plymouth's Real Tart community gallery has closed.

Taranaki's community gallery Real Tart has shut up shop and an alternative gallery space on offer is getting a luke warm response from established artists.

Sleeping Beauty stirs

A scene from Moscow Ballet's production of Sleeping Beauty, to be staged at Founders Theatre in Hamilton on May 24.

The best of Russian ballet will be on show this Saturday in Hamilton.

Music festival is fresh and free

Palmerston North Girls High School band Pixie Dust will be performing at this year's Rotary Youth Music Festival. From left: Madi Pomana, Shannen Petersen and Lisabet Morgan.

More than 140 students will celebrate young musical talent at a free festival.

State of the arts

Singer Bic Runga.

The Sunday Star-Times' wrap of news in the arts and entertainment scene

Out of the box

Performers from The Massey University Drama Society's production of Twelve in a Box. Clockwise from front: Simon Herbert, Miriam Tucker, Shivarn Stewart, Joshua Aranas, Charlie Pearson, Joshua Lawrence, Danelle Walker and Annie Richards

The Massey University Drama Society's latest production Twelve in a Box has been adapted for the stage for the first time.

Diamond in the rough

Hayley Groombridge is forging ahead in her chosen career as a jeweller.

All that jazz

The Rodger Fox Big Band will be playing alongside pianist Michael Houstoun.

The Manawatu International Jazz and Blues Festival is going from strength to strength, with expectations high for its 2015 season.

Stories hidden in matchbox art

A collection of miniature art works in matchboxes, made by lots of different people, including artists and politicians.

Amanda Hewlett's house is filling up with artwork contained in one of a kind matchboxes.

Angels to appear at Michael Fowler Centre

Orpheus Choir musical director Brent Stewart is stepping up as musical director of Mendelssohn's masterpiece Elijah, being performed on May 23.

If musicians were like farm animals, Orpheus Choir's musical director Brent Stewart would be the farmer of the musical zoo set to perform Mendelssohn's Elijah on Saturday.

Is this Shakespeare's real face?

Botanist and historian Mark Griffiths says he has cracked a many-layered Tudor code and revealed the living face of Shakespeare for the first time, on the title page of the first edition of The Herball, a 16th century book on plants, 400 years after it was first published.

It this the first real image of William Shakespeare - or just a man in a toga with some corn on the cob?

"Moral support" not enough to fund the arts

Documentary Edge Film Festival organiser Dan Shanan wants more money invested into the arts.

It's a tough time for the Documentary Edge Film Festival.

Restoration a mammoth task

St James restoration artist Keron Smith has put in some long hours but there is still plenty more work to be done.

More than 640 hours of work have gone into restoring the St James and that's merely the tip of the theatre curtain.

An eye for art video

Barry Pilcher is selling his art collection accumulated over 15 years to make way for new art. A painting by Aaron Judd can be seen in the background.

An extensive and eclectic art collection owned by a Feilding art lover is going to auction in Auckland.

Palm tree causes money troubles

The protected phoenix palm tree is in the middle of the lawn outside the Pah Homestead.

More council money is being funnelled into the Pah Homestead after a protected palm tree put the breaks on creating a new income source.

Rehabilitating prisoners with Shakespeare

Curt Tofteland in action directing prisoners as part of Shakespeare Behind Bars.

Teaching Shakespeare to prisoners great way to stop re-offending.

Iconic photograph in exhibition

Afghan Girl 1984 by Steve McCurry, which features in 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic at Expressions in Upper Hutt.

In a national coup, Upper Hutt will exhibit from Saturday some of the world’s best-known photographs and includes a haunting portrait of an Afghan refugee.

Paintings for the public

Wellington City Council collections manager Jodie Dalgleish, and Arts and culture portfolio leader Ray Ahipene-Mercer with a new work by Shaun Waugh, part of the council’s arts collection on show in its committee rooms.

Wellington City Council has spent about $270,000 in the past decade on building up an art collection.

Art as healing

The Mash Trust Monarch programme which works with the rehabilitation of drug and alcohol addictions uses an art programme as part of their therapy, encouraging expression and discovery of self.  From May 13th to June 9th, their art will be featured at the Community Arts Centre at Square Edge.

Palmerston North's Mash Trust Monarch Programme is dedicated to helping people through the tough journey of addiction.

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