What's on in Christchurch this week

South Korean show Chef: Come Dine With Us will be performed as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival next week.

South Korean show Chef: Come Dine With Us will be performed as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival next week.

Arts Festival gets underway

The 2017 edition of the Christchurch Arts Festival kicks off next Wednesday. Opening night events include a one-off performance of the Kiwi musical imagining of Shakespeare's great soliloquies, Play On (7pm, Isaac Theatre Royal), the crazy antics of high-energy South Korean show Chef (6.30pm and the same time Thursday, Charles Luney Auditorium) and the New Zealand Premiere of Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living as part of Atlas Voices' Polar Opposites programme (8pm and 6pm Thursday, The Piano).  The line-up expands on Thursday to include the return of Christchurch Free Theatre's popular opera The Black Rider (8pm, The Arts Centre's Gym), the Christchurch debut of controversial one-man show Manifesto 2083 (7pm, YMCA's Papa Hou), Kiwi musician Ria Hall's one-off Rules of Engagement show (8.30pm, The Piano) and the first of three performances as part of University of Canterbury School of Music's Virtuosity Series – Virtuosity of Sound (7pm, The Arts Centre's School of Music Recital Room). The festival is scheduled to run until September 17. For more information and bookings, see artsfestival.co.nz

A celebration of Studio Ghibli

Ponyo is one of the many popular Studio Ghibli films returning to Hoyts Riccarton during the next month.
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Ponyo is one of the many popular Studio Ghibli films returning to Hoyts Riccarton during the next month.

Hoyts Riccarton is hosting a celebration of the movies of Studio Ghibli over the next four weeks. All 22 of the acclaimed Japanese animation studio's films are scheduled to screen, including the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, the emotional When Marnie Was There and crowdpleasers like Ponyo and Howl's Moving Castle.  The line-up also includes documentaries like The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness and an Australasian debut for Ocean Waves. For more information and the films and screening times, see  celebratestudioghibli.com.au 

Romeo reimagined

Francesco Ventriglia has creates a new version of the world's greatest love story, especially for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Inspired by Franco Zeffirelli's classic 1968 film, Romeo and Juliet is billed as a hot-blooded, passionate re-telling of Shakespeare's play that he believes is sure to resonate with lovers of dance, drama and pure romance. Academy Award-winning designer James Acheson (The Last Emperor, Dangerous Liaisons, Restoration) attempts to bring Renaissance Verona to life in all its vitality and splendour, from the blazing battles of the Capulets and Montagues, to the lovers' heart-breaking youth and beauty. Christchurch performances at the Isaac Theatre Royal are scheduled for 7.30pm tonight and 1.30pm and 7.30pm tomorrow. For more information and tickets, see rnzb.org.nz

Madeleine Graham and Joseph Skelton star in the Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of Romeo and Juliet.

Madeleine Graham and Joseph Skelton star in the Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of Romeo and Juliet.

Friday night highlights

Devilish Mary & The Holly Rollers will perform at Ara Auditorium tonight from 6.10pm. Featuring Anita Clark on vocals, the three-piece's repertoire consists of original songs and obscure classics. $10 entry. Later in the evening, The Boys are in residence at the Cashmere Club from 8pm. They play music music "steeped and marinated in the Age of Rock". $5 entry. For more information on both concerts, see christchurchmusiciansclub.com/events

Lads on Tour

A night of drag, burlesque, comedy, circus, poetry, dance and music is promised at Wharenui Road's Halo Bar & Lounge on Saturday night. Featuring a mix of emerging artists and seasoned performers, the R18 Feather Unsure-MC'd Lads on Tour event will kick off at 7.30pm. Tickets from eventfinda.co.nz

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company perform at the Isaac Theatre Royal on Monday.

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company perform at the Isaac Theatre Royal on Monday.

Fundraising concert

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Comedians, musical arts and an illusionist will feature as part of a fundraising variety concert for Ronald McDonald House on Saturday night at the Papanui RSA. Tickets for the 7pm concert are available from eventfinda.co.nz

Here's to Life

Known as Canterbury's first lady of the blues, Isabella Miller Bell is playing tribute to great women singers of jazz, blues and soul at the Nut Point Centre on Saturday night. The 7.30pm Here's to Life concert also features The Miller Bell Quartet, including special guest Rebuen Derrick on saxophone. For more information, see nutpoint.org

Dynamic duo

Australian singer-songwriter Nigel Wearne will team up Gore sensation Jenny Mitchell for a performance at Spreydon's Irish Society Hall on Sunday night. Part of a nationwide tour, doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. For more information, see folkmusic.org.nz 

A ballet extravaganza

The Imperial Russian Ballet are bringing a three-hour ballet extravaganza to the Isaac Theatre Royal on Sunday and Monday nights. Divided into three acts, the troupe will perform excerpts from Don Quixote, Bolero and a selection of highlights from some of the world's other great ballets. Tickets for the 8pm performances are available from Ticketek.

Lunchtime performance

Cellist Rebecca Bendre will team up with pianist Veronica Van Der Knaap for a lunchtime concert at Manchester St's St Mary's Pro-Cathedral next Wednesday. The pair will perform works by Vivaldi and Grieg at the 1.10pm performance. For more information, see cathedral.org.nz 

 

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