Exploring masculinity through a Pacific lens, Crying Men is a vital new work choreographed by NZ icon and arts laureate, Neil Leremia. The piece is presented through dance and it traces the journey of three generations of Pacific men, living in a new land and dealing with the impact of the loss of a matriarch who brought balance to the traditional expectations of masculinity with compassion, tolerance and strength. Presented by Black Grace, long-time New Zealand dance institution, this is a performance not to be missed. For more information and to buy tickets please visit the Auckland Theatre Company website.
2. Queer Scenes: Weekend, dir. Andrew Haigh
6-8 Sep ASB Waterfront Theatre, CBD
Queer Scenes is a free monthly screening aimed at bringing LGBTQI+ people together to see themselves on screen. This month Queer Scenes presents Weekend which was Andrew Haigh’s inaugural breakout film. The acclaimed drama follows two men who forge a life-changing bond over one unfortunately fleeting weekend. While the event is free spaces are limited so book on the EventBrite website. The Event is sponsored by Ending HIV NZ.
3. Intaglio Print Plus // 6-week course with Beth Serjeant
7 Sep-12 Oct / 10am-12pm Studio One Toi Tū: 1 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby
Intaglio is a method of printmaking which emerged from Europe, the earliest pieces all coming from Germany in the from of playing cards. This project-focused course will cover direct/relief printing such as zinc, wood and linocut as well as an introduction to etching, polymer plate intaglio and pronto plate. You will be working with printmaking artist Beth Serjeant. Beth has worked as an artist in print and bookmaking for over 30 years having collaborated with many established New Zealand writers and exhibiting her work nationally and internationally. The class will be run for six weeks every Tuesday, it will be suitable for all levels. Bookings are essential. To book phone 09 376 3221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
4. A Few Things I’ve Learnt About Dating and Death
18-22 Sep Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, CBD
“It doesn’t look like much, kinda like a junk-yard. But she’s so excited to meet you, so in awe of you that you feel obliged to sit. She brings you a plastic sheet. ‘For your protection’ and there is mischief in her eyes. Did you catch a glimpse of menace? No, you just imagined it. And then you’re off, on a rollicking ride.” A solo performance presented by recent Toi Whakaari graduate, Acacia O’Connor, this is a show full of laughs, questions and thrills. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit the Basement Theatre website. Bring along an umbrella, a singing voice if you have one and a squeezy water-bottle!
“Sometimes we are taught to think in whispers…” A solo performance presented by Mya Cole, inspired by a lifetime of living quietly, Whispers is a response to growing up in a culture taught to reject itself. She will construct a narrative in which she will remove any trace of cultural dissonance and come to reclaim herself as more than a single being. An amalgamation of poetry, dance and sound Whispers aims to give its viewers a visceral experience in the body of something which does not belong.
6. Beats By Bingo
26 Sep / 8pm The Portland Pubhouse, 463 New North Rd, Kingsland
Beats By Bingo is owned and operated by the director of Bitchin’ Bingo. Instead of numbers on your cards, its song titles! A great option for date nights and catching up with friends, Beats By Bingo will have you dancing in your seat. Hosted by the Portland Pubhouse it is recommended to call the bar to book a table as these events do get busy.
7. Doc Edge Presents: Hip-Hoperation
29 Sep / 2pm-3:30pm Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, CBD
A true New Zealand sensation, Hip-Hoperation is a Kiwi documentary following the senior citizens of Waiheke Island all the way to the Las Vegas World Hip Hop Dance Championships. A bunch of inspiring humans on a mission to prove you are never too old to take the first step on the journey of a lifetime. This film will be presented by the wonderful Doc Edge, hosted by Academy cinemas. Sure to be a feel good film leaving you inspired and reinvigorated. You can purchase ticket at the Eventbrite website.
8. Friendly Potential: Theo Parrish
30 Sep / 4pm Galatos, 17 Galatos St, CBD
Theo Parrish is a legendary American DJ who is based in Detroit and he will be bringing his music to Auckland’s Galatos for one night only this September. Hosted by the wonderful Friendly Potential, this will be a fun and inclusive night of dancing and partying for everyone. “Love of the music should be the driving force of any producer, performer or DJ. Everything else stems from that core, that love. With that love, sampling can become a tribute; an expansion on ideas long forgotten, reconstruction, collage. Using the same understanding openly and respectfully can turn DJing into a spiritual participation. It can turn a few hours of selection into essential history. Necessary listening through movement.” – Theo Parrish. For more information and to purchase tickets you can visit the Friendly Potential website.
9. Strike a Pose fashion films: The First Monday in May
30 Sep / 3pm-5pm Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, CBD
The First Monday in May is a documentary which closely follows the creation of China: Through The Looking Glass, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most successful fashion exhibition to date. The was an exhibition which looked at the influence of Chinese design on Western fashion over the decades and through this film we are shown the lead up to the exhibition and the gala which accompanied the exhibition. The Auckland Art Gallery will be putting this film on supported by streaming platform DocPlay. This is a gallery members/guests event only so to attend you must become a member of the Auckland Art Gallery. Doing this will enable you to have access to many of their private events and functions.
10. Between Two – Douglas Wright and Kelly Nash
5-13 Oct Q Theatre, 305 Queen St, CBD
Between Two is an intimate double-bill featuring short works by Douglas Wright and Kelly Nash. Douglas Wright will present M.Nod, a meditation in the flesh on the realm of dreams and visions: the night-world. The dancer falls, through “nodding”, into the arms of Morpheus, into the night-language of Finnegan’s Wake, but is repeatedly jolted back into the waking state, only to succumb again. Kelly Nash will present My Inner Sound, a piece which exposes a normally silent body in duet with a ghost, between two moments of a beginning and end. This will be a very special night with two iconic New Zealand dancers, join them at the Q theatre for beautiful otherworldly movement. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Q Theatre’s website.