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New Zealand artists at the Edinburgh Festivals 2017
- Arusa Qureshi
- 20 July 2017
Best of the land of the long white cloud in Edinburgh this August
This August, artists, authors and theatre-makers from all over New Zealand will make Edinburgh their home for the month, as NZ at Edinburgh once again partners with the Edinburgh festivals to bring you some of New Zealand's most exciting artists.
From music and literature to comedy, visual arts and theatre, the NZ at Edinburgh 2017 season will be packed with an eclectic range of events, exploring themes of love, identity, devastation and negotiation as well as ideas of community, equality and friendship – and a lot of laughs along the way too.
With such a strong programme, this year's season is one not to be missed, offering the unique chance to explore the creativity and talent that exists throughout New Zealand from within the Scottish capital.
NZ at Edinburgh Art Festival
Award-winning Shannon Te Ao's new multimedia installation is the result of a collaboration between the Edinburgh Art Festival and New Zealand contemporary art gallery Te Tuhi. The video installation, With The Sun Aglow, I Have My Pensive Moods makes use of footage shot throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand, and various connected clips including an 1840s Māori song and a dance scene from a 1970s Charles Burnett film. By linking these differing motifs, Te Ao provides an exploration of the physical and emotional depths of love, grief, sickness and healing.
Gladstone Court, 179 Canongate, 27 Jul–27 Aug
NZ at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
For the Edinburgh Festival Fringe's 70th year, NZ at Edinburgh are bringing nine shows presented by innovative theatre makers and companies.
Wellington-based performance collective Binge Culture, known for their interesting and immersive productions, will unveil three shows, Break Up (We Need to Talk) (Summerhall), Whales (Assembly Gardens), and Ancient Shrines and Half Truths (Summerhall). Meanwhile, Julia Croft, creator of 2016's If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution, I'm Not Coming, will be returning with new show Power Ballad (Summerhall), described as part performance lecture, part karaoke party.
Award-winning Trick of the Light Theatre also returns, following a sell-out 2016 season of The Bookbinder, with the dark fairytale The Road that Wasn't There (Assembly Roxy), and Calypso comedy legend / Caribbean DJ Juan Vesuvius brings his turntables back to Edinburgh for I Am Your Deejay (Assembly, The Box).
For physical theatre and clowning, look no further than White Face Crew's La Vie Dans Une Marionette (Gilded Balloon), a whimsical story of a pianist and his puppet, packed full of hilarious moments and surprises.
Don't miss the hearty voices and cheeky humour of Modern Māori Quartet (Assembly George Square 3) who make their Fringe debut with a celebration of Kiwi music honouring the legends of Māori showbands with a contemporary 'Rat Pack' twist, while Eleanor Bishop's Jane Doe (Assembly George Square 2), is a powerful show reflecting on rape culture and sexual violence.