Day 13

 Above: Freedom is Behind My Breath

Reviews from Saturday's shows

For Duck, Death and the Tulip, we had Tryphena Cracknell for The Hook, and Gemma Carroll's Theatreview:

"I feel tears forming even in the opening scene, at the sheer beauty of the duck and a snail, as they move in a Butoh-like dance across a black velvet plinth: the first hint of the closeness of death, as the duck stalks his prey. The script is minimal, parred down to a koan-like philosophical dialogue, conveying the deepest yet gentlest of ideas, to adults and children alike."

Rosheen FitzGerald wrote a nice review on the Festival of Youth: "This afternoon, in a church hall, on the cusp of Camberley, a fire for the arts was ignited in the hearts and minds of ninety tamariki from seven schools..."

Also for The Hook, Michael Hawksworth reviewed Margot and Kurt's debut of original work, Canopy:

"Listening to these torch songs under the Spiegeltent’s aqueous light-projections underline how the open, loose structures, the fluid intermingling of jazz, soul and folk inflections, and the lyrical preoccupation with water and nature imagery combined to create a meditative continuum."

And Megan Seawright reviewed the premiere of Freedom is Behind My Breath:

"I cannot over-state the immense gentleness present in all Puti Lancaster’s creations. She conveys profound empathy for people and their stories, then forms this astutely, delicately into resonate theatre."

Gemma Carroll wrote on Freedom is Behind My Breath for Theatreview:

"Particles of beauty trickle from all directions: voice, guitar, recorded soundscapes, dance, gesture, spoken word, lighting (both stage and natural), symbolic propsand sets constructed by performers, as they move through time and space. It is a sense of wonderment that we feel as an audience. We listen and watch carefully, holding with care the moments we feel connection and recognition in the story."

Blog post: 9am

This morning we will be treated to award-winning children's theatre, Duck, Death and the Tulip in the MTG. Whimsical and heart-warming, this is a beautiful show for all ages.

In the afternoon, seven local intermediate schools will be sharing their creative responses to the theme 'Our Earth, Our Water, Ourselves' with the Festival of Youth at C3 Church, Hastings, 4 pm (please note the change of venue and date - it's different to what's listed in the hard-copy programme). These kids have been working hard for months, with the creative direction and assistance of our festival youth ambassadors. This will be something quite special.

Also special and absolutely unmissable: Freedom is Behind My Breath. Commissioned by HBAF, this is certainly one of the most significant works of the festival. On 7pm at the Blyth.

Lisa-Jane Easter has described it as "one of the most breathtaking theatrical experiences I think I have ever experienced... a wonderful collaboration from our very own theatre maker Puti Lancaster and Owen McCarthy with the conceptual artwork created by the artists of Iwi Toi Kahungunu in our foyer leading us into the space and starting the story. I am moved beyond words at the depth and beauty of this storytelling. I was transported - somewhere - somewhere I loved being. This story is filled with wonderful spirit (wairua) and hau."

The Human Project will be performing Meta in the Festival Garden twice today - at 6.15pm and at 8.45pm. Last chance (this festival) to catch this contemporary dance installation work, with its soundscapes and spoken word, and exploration of the human through movement. It's free, about 30 mins long.

The Hook previewed Canopy at Rumpy open mic night a month ago. Here's how they described what tonight's concert holds in store:

"It is captivating – music that reaches right down into the soul to stroke us where we are softest, most sensitive...The vulnerability, the tenderness, on display here is heart-stoppingly beautiful. Pierard holds tension in her voice while moderating pitch and volume to create a highly concentrated, emotion laden sound.

Pure, sweet vocals pair with complex, sustained guitar, moving up and down the register, finding just the right notes to play on the heart strings.

Voice and guitar are in perfect communion, like a languid, lascivious love scene."

At 9.30pm we have the second (and final) performance of In Flagrante. Still tickets but they're selling fast.

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