Repertoire Web http://www.repertoire-web.com/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 17:26:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://www.repertoire-web.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Repertoire Web http://www.repertoire-web.com/ 32 32 Poète MDI to read from the new collection on August 10 http://www.repertoire-web.com/poete-mdi-to-read-from-the-new-collection-on-august-10/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 17:26:03 +0000 http://www.repertoire-web.com/poete-mdi-to-read-from-the-new-collection-on-august-10/

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PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHEAST HARBOR LIBRARY

NORTHEAST HARBOR – Mount Desert summer resident and poet Lucy Bell Sellers has released a new collection that spans eight decades of writing.

The Northeast Harbor Library will welcome vendors at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10 for a reading of “Don’t Drop Me, God.” Participation can be done either in person at the library or via Zoom.

In her poetry, Sellers uses multiple poetic forms and multiple voices to express a position marked by both sad acceptance and defiance.

Sellers has spent his summers on Mount Desert Island since childhood. She is a sailor, senior member of the Church of St. Mary’s by-the-Sea choir and co-founder of the Long Pond Sailing Regatta.

In her professional life, Sellers has taught drama at the Kangaru School in Kenya, East Africa, the Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, and the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, where she directed plays. each fall term for 23 years.

This conference is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. To register via Zoom, call the library at (207) 276-3333 or visit the library’s website atwww.nehlibrary.org.

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New Haven’s Arts & Ideas Festival will host a series of concerts on the green http://www.repertoire-web.com/new-havens-arts-ideas-festival-will-host-a-series-of-concerts-on-the-green/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 20:17:54 +0000 http://www.repertoire-web.com/new-havens-arts-ideas-festival-will-host-a-series-of-concerts-on-the-green/ Beginning August 18, New Haven residents will be able to attend bi-weekly music and dance performances on the New Haven Green during their lunch break.

Rhythm Exchange, a concert series organized by the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, will feature music and dance performances of various genres every second Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m., according to a press release from the Festival. Organizers hope the event will help New Haveners take a break from their busy day and enjoy the city’s culture.

“This is an opportunity for the New Haven community to make art an intentional part of our day,” Shelley Quiala, the organization’s executive director, said in the statement. “We ask people to step away from everyday life and into an exciting artistic moment to integrate the healing power of art into their day.”

The seven events will take place on the New Haven Green and will include breakdancing, Indian chanting, jazz, bachata, funk and drum & tap and a Day of the Dead celebration.

“This concert series will reflect how both global and local our community is,” said Malakhi Eason, Director of Programming and Community Impact, in the press release. “New Haven is home to such artistic variety, from traditional practices like Irish dancing to more contemporary work in hip hop and funk.”

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas is an organization that hosts an annual performing arts celebration, lectures and discussions each summer in New Haven, CT. The organization invites artists, leaders and innovators from around the world to celebrate various genres of art and organize events about sharing ideas.

The event follows the organization’s 2022 festival, Connect, which ended on June 26 and featured more than 200 in-person programs specializing in arts, fashion and education. Its 27th festival celebrated New Haven’s global community and included headliners such as jazz singer Gregory Porter, comedian Michelle Buteau and Project Runway’s Prajje Oscar.

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas aims to utilize the New Haven Green space throughout the year and allow artists to showcase their work.

“The Green is the one place we all call home. We are thrilled to partner with the Festival to tap into our shared love for arts and culture in our historic downtown,” said Kika Matos, one of The Green’s owners, in the press release.

The Rhythm Exchange schedule is as follows:

August 18: Indian Music and Indian Classical Dance with the Wesleyan University Ethnomusicology Ensemble and Raina Das

September 1: Jazz & Gospel with the Shannon Trio & Sharli Smith

September 15: Funk and Drum & Tap, with Velez & His Band and Medusa

September 29: Bachata Dance & Musical Storytelling with Baila con Gusto CT & kamrDANCE

October 13: Hip Hop Honors with Tang Sauce, Alyssa Hughes, Marshun Art and DJ Dooley-O

October 27: A second line in New Orleans

November 1: Day of the Dead with Unidad Latina en Acción (ULA)

For more information on the Rhythm Exchange, visit the New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas website.

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Santa Fe Opera paints contrasting portraits of Seville in ‘Carmen’ and ‘Barber’ http://www.repertoire-web.com/santa-fe-opera-paints-contrasting-portraits-of-seville-in-carmen-and-barber/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 19:00:50 +0000 http://www.repertoire-web.com/santa-fe-opera-paints-contrasting-portraits-of-seville-in-carmen-and-barber/

SANTA FE, NM – The Spanish city of Seville is the setting for several operas, including Rossini’s Barber of Seville and Bizet Carmen. Both are presented this summer by the Santa Fe Opera, in productions mixing traditional and modern visuals, sometimes provocative, sometimes questionable.

The Hairdresser, directed by Stephen Barlow, dazzles with the gags, which sometimes distracted from the important moments of the August 1 performance. In Figaro’s most famous aria, on his talents as a jack-of-all-trades and quick-witted operator, he passes the repetitions of his name through several rambunctious barbers.

Sets and costumes by Andrew D. Edwards, with Rebecca Gunstone as associate, added to the shtick. Towards the end of the overture, a giant neoclassical bust was brought forward to line up with a large pair of mustache-shaped hedges, prompting laughter that drowned out the fleet playing orchestra, led by the young conductor. Iván López-Reynoso Orchestra.

Count Almaviva’s servant, Fiorello, voiced by finely-focused baritone Kyle Miller, then took the stage, dressed in 18th-century attire, but carrying a Gap shopping bag. The Earl (tenor Jack Swanson) appeared as the poor student “Lindoro”, dressed in jeans, white trainers, a sweatshirt and a Seville overcoat. With the help of street musicians, he serenaded his love, Rosina, ensconced in the giant bust, which served as the home of his caretaker, Doctor Bartolo, spinning on a turntable to reveal some coins.

Mixing past and present has created some funny contrasts – like when Bartolo puts on a headband and armbands over his ruffled period costume, lays out a yoga mat and strikes poses to relax. But it also raised unresolved questions. When is it actually defined? Do singers today act like historical figures? And why are they sometimes aware of modernity, other times not?

Emily Fons as Rosina and Kevin Burdette as Doctor Bartolo perform in Santa Fe Opera’s “Barber of Seville.”(Curtis Brown for the Santa Fe Opera)

Other decisions went well, regardless of the time period. Rosina’s bedroom in Bartolo’s house was like a big birdcage, in which she rocked back and forth on a padded swing singing about how docile she may look, but will fight for what she wanna.

Joshua Hopkins in Figaro wielded a powerful and generously expressive baritone. Bringing the character to life, he strutted around, drank stealthy sips from a flask, and seemed obsessed with money. You could see a twinkle in his eyes as he imagined the riches that awaited him for helping to unite Rosina and the Count.

After an excellent performance at the world premiere of Huang Ruo Mr. Butterfly, bass Kevin Burdette once again played superbly, giving Bartolo unusual depth and range. Conspiring mischievously, music teacher Don Basilio was sonically embodied by bass-baritone Nicholas Newton.

Review: Despite the Promise, Santa Fe Opera’s M. Butterfly Is a Disappointment

Swanson’s Almaviva had a light voice that was not always firm in pitch strokes. But it set off resounding high notes. As Rosina, mezzo Emily Fons seemed vocally starved and overwhelmed with ensemble passages.

As governess to the Earl, Berta, soprano Murrella Parton looked weary of the antics, swearing at love, before revealing a romantic desire in a stunning aria involving a quick change from a drab maid outfit in a sparkling evening dress.

López-Reynoso, the conductor, established relaxed yet dynamic tempos that gave way to rhythmic freedoms. He pulled off both lyrical and lively sounds, but sometimes let the orchestra overpower the singers. Problems with intonation and coordination, especially in the strings, began to appear as the night went on.

Prepared by Susanne Sheston, the chorus offered a moving but too burlesque song. Christopher Akerlind’s lights followed the changes in atmosphere. The most majestic lighting of the evening came from the sunset over the distant Sangre de Cristo Mountains, casting soft purples and reds.

Modern “Carmen” from the Santa Fe Opera

This concept Carmendirected by Mariame Clément, is performed as Bizet composed it, with spoken rather than sung dialogues subsequently composed by Ernest Guiraud.

It opens with a girl in a pink shirt and frilly white skirt — Isla Burdette, daughter of bass Kevin Burdette — in a run-down amusement park. When the orchestra struck the first accent of the prelude during the August 2 performance, she crouched down and plugged her ears, then hopped around a merry-go-round with a decapitated horse. She returned throughout the opera, occasionally interacting with the other characters.

A young girl, Isla Burdette, daughter of bass Kevin Burdette, returns throughout the Santa...
A young girl, Isla Burdette, daughter of bass Kevin Burdette, recurs throughout the Santa Fe Opera’s “Carmen,” occasionally interacting with other characters.(Curtis Brown for the Santa Fe Opera)

Who was she? Carmen’s younger self? A ghostly presence? In any case, it provided some emotion. She deliberately walked onstage in the final scene and stared at Don José, condemning him for killing Carmen.

Isabel Leonard was a confident and strong-willed Carmen. Dressed in modest modern attire, she captivated men with a full-bodied, low-smoldering, blazing-high mezzo. In her tunes, she stretched the tempo like putty, daring the orchestra to stay with her. This was generally successful, with the exception of the “Habanera” hotspots.

Her ardent lover, Don José, was hosted by tenor Michael Fabiano. His formidable instrument colored exquisite piano dynamics, but usually oscillated between forte and triple forte, passionately conveying both his devotion and his hysteria.

Isabel Leonard as Carmen and Michael Fabiano as Don José perform in
Isabel Leonard as Carmen and Michael Fabiano as Don José perform in Santa Fe Opera’s “Carmen”.(Curtis Brown for the Santa Fe Opera)

As Micaëla, Don José’s innocent fiancée, soprano Sylvia D’Eramo didn’t project as much as the other leads, but she carved out lovely phrases, deftly shifting dynamics and tones. Bullfighter Escamillo was played by Michael Sumuel with a beefy bass-baritone mix that he lightened up as needed. Zuniga, a lieutenant, was ably dispatched by bass David Crawford. The supporting roles were skilfully served by Magdalena Kuźma (Frasquita), Kathleen Felty (Mercédès), Luke Sutliff (Dancaïre) and Anthony León (Remendado).

Harry Bicket, Music Director of the Santa Fe Opera, led the orchestra in a spirited and alert collaboration, with sumptuous lyricism. Duane Schuler’s lights evoked various shades of darkness, bringing out the tragic mood. Choruses depicting smugglers, factory workers, and soldiers dressed in hideous mint-green uniforms were equally adept in driving and thoughtful passages. The children’s choir has been omitted.

Details

The Santa Fe Opera Festival runs through August 27. For more information and tickets, call 1-800-280-4654 or visit www.santafeopera.org.

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Shamshera Box Office Collection Day 13: Ranbir Kapoor Film Shutdown http://www.repertoire-web.com/shamshera-box-office-collection-day-13-ranbir-kapoor-film-shutdown/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 01:36:48 +0000 http://www.repertoire-web.com/shamshera-box-office-collection-day-13-ranbir-kapoor-film-shutdown/

Shamshera hit theaters on July 22.

STRONG POINTS

  • Shamshera was released on July 22.
  • The film stars Ranbir Kapoor and Vaani Kapoor.
  • It is directed by Karan Malhotra.

Ranbir Kapoor’s return to the big screen was supposed to be a smash hit. The actor returned to film after four years with Shamshera, which hit theaters on July 22. Ranbir plays a dual role in this action drama about an enslaved tribe fighting for freedom. Also starring Sanjay Dutt and Vaani Kapoor, Shamshera struggles to survive in theaters. The film was released with a low opening and its numbers continue to disappoint every day.

SHAMSHERA COUNTER COLLECTION

Shamshera is a box office flop. The movie had only earned Rs 0.7 crore at the box office on day 12. And on day 13, it barely managed to hit any money. This is Ranbir Kapoor’s 7th film flop. In 13 days, Shamshera has not even crossed the Rs 50 crore mark. Ranbir Kapoor’s star receives competition from Ek Villian Returns. It will soon be wiped out in theaters with new releases like Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha and Akshay Kumar’s Raksha Bandhan.

ABOUT SHAMSHERA

Shamshera’s storyline follows the character of Ranbir Kapoor opposed to the character of Sanjay Dutt. The latter plays the role of an evil, ruthless and cold-hearted man named Shuddh Singh. The film is set in the fictional city of Kaza in 1800, where a tribe of warriors are imprisoned, enslaved and tortured by a ruthless authoritarian general Shuddh Singh. The story centers on a slave who becomes a leader and then a legend for his tribe. He fights tirelessly for the freedom and dignity of his tribe. Shamshera also stars Ronit Roy, Saurabh Shukla and Ashutosh Rana in key roles.

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North Texas Performing Arts Announces Kerry Murdock as New Frisco General Manager http://www.repertoire-web.com/north-texas-performing-arts-announces-kerry-murdock-as-new-frisco-general-manager/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 21:03:48 +0000 http://www.repertoire-web.com/north-texas-performing-arts-announces-kerry-murdock-as-new-frisco-general-manager/

North Texas Performing Arts announced that it has promoted Kerry Murdock to general manager of its Frisco Theater operations, overseeing NTPA’s programming, operations and facilities while continuing to expand its offerings at Frisco.

“Kerry has proven to be a strong leader and an excellent educator, and we are thrilled to have her take on this important leadership role for us,” said NTPA Executive Director Darrell Rodenbaugh. “We believe this exciting move puts us on a whole new trajectory of impact and value as we expand our offerings at Frisco.”

Murdock has been a resident of Frisco for years and has strong ties to the North Texas community. As NTPA’s General Manager for Frisco Operations, she will build on NTPA – Frisco’s lineup of shows, expand the class and private lesson offerings, and expand the team of volunteers on the board of directors. NTPA and youth served.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to take on this exciting new role and bring my passion for education and the arts to Frisco,” said General Manager Kerry Murdock. “Frisco has so much young talent, and my job is to give each of these young stars the opportunity to feel the profound impact of the stage.”

Kerry has been on the NTPA staff for two years and has proven to be a strong leader, organizer and creative director. Kerry holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from East Central University in Oklahoma with a minor in musical theater and a master’s of education in multicultural literature from Xavier University in Ohio. Kerry has spent the past 25 years working with children as a teacher, choir director, storyteller, director, costume director and piano teacher, and recently led the core learning experience for the Conservatory of NTPA Academy.

Last year NTPA – Frisco produced over thirty productions with nearly three hundred performances in total. His future season of shows includes hits like Grease, Disney’s Descendants, Legally Blonde JR, and more. For more information, visit ntpa.org/frisco.

NTPA – Frisco will host a “Welcome Back” reception for Kerry between performances of Grease at the Rodenbaugh Theater at the Willow Bend Center of the Arts, to be held Saturday, August 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets for Grease can be purchased at ntpa.org/tickets.

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His cool compositions for NDP 2022 and NS55 are music to our ears, Lifestyle News http://www.repertoire-web.com/his-cool-compositions-for-ndp-2022-and-ns55-are-music-to-our-ears-lifestyle-news/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 02:41:00 +0000 http://www.repertoire-web.com/his-cool-compositions-for-ndp-2022-and-ns55-are-music-to-our-ears-lifestyle-news/

When it comes to National Day Parade (NDP) theme songs, everyone is critical. I should know. I became one earlier this week.

And I’ll be the first to admit how much worse and more stressful it must be to be the songwriter of an NDP theme song than to have all your wisdom teeth pulled at once. (Just go to the comments section of any NDP music video on YouTube, and you’ll see what I mean. The vitriol in some of them!)

So hats off to award-winning producer, singer, songwriter and composer Don Richmond, for taking on the role of music director for this year’s NPD (again) – he was also music director in 2016 – and for writing “Stronger Together “, the NDP 2022 theme song performed by Taufik Batisah and The Island Voices.

Not only that, the 46-year-old – who composed the music and lyrics for 2014’s Ah Boys To Men The Musical (in English, Mandarin and Hokkien, okay) as well as numerous TV series – has been tasked to write a theme song to celebrate 55 years of national service (NS55) this year.

We talk to the prolific 46-year-old about how his experiences with the Covid-19 situation played a part in Stronger Together, and if the creative well is running out (choi!).

As a music director, what’s the hardest part of capturing the multicultural nature of Singapore, so that it’s “tasty rojak” rather than “chapalang stew”?

I think the hardest part is always making sure you don’t fall back on typical familiar scenarios. The songs have to be familiar for the crowd to follow, but as I’ve talked to friends and people of different races, the feeling is still, “Hey! The NDP don’t have any other cultural songs, ah? Always the same…you think the race only has that song, don’t you?”

So this year, I wanted to dig a little deeper into what different cultures would like to see represented.

That’s why with the Malaysian segment, I thought we could reintroduce a song by the legendary P. Ramlee to an audience that might not necessarily know the song – it’s very beautiful.

Likewise, when I delved into Chinese culture, I was almost shocked that a national treasure like Liu Ling Ling had never been invited to perform at the NDP, so I knew I had to try to present her as one form or another – and the bet paid off. . She gets the loudest cheers at every public rehearsal!

You’re no stranger to the NDP or NDP songwriting (you also composed Tomorrow’s Here Today in 2016). Knock on wood, but does the well ever run dry for such a material?

No, I don’t think the well is really drying up. You don’t really know if you’ll be the one to write the theme song next year. So for me, I always write like it’s going to be my last time.

And then when the call comes back, we think about it, then we doubt ourselves for about a month, and then we cash in little by little!

How did your experience with Covid-19 play into the writing of Stronger Together?

Coming out of the pandemic, the last thing you want is a theme song trying to tell people what to do. If you look at theme songs from the past, “acknowledge you can play a role, let it come straight from your heart, be willing to give a little more” – I grew up with songs like that, but I think we’re in a time, especially coming out of these two years, where you want to celebrate people – your friends, your family, your community. In the end, you really celebrate your country.

What kind of stories did I want to tell? For me, it was: no matter how bad it is, you are grateful and gracious at the same time. In 2020, I thought I was never going to be commissioned to write anything again.

I started working for my gym, then the gyms had to close.

Then I started working for my friend’s restaurant. And the biggest lesson I learned was: you are not what you do for the job; it doesn’t define you. And that kind of freed me up, and I realized a lot of people had probably been through the same thing.

So the theme song should be about finding ways to uplift each other, to be better than your initial fears.

Few people have the chance to use their passion and talents for national events of this magnitude. How does it feel to be able to put your talent to use as music director of the NDP to celebrate the nation’s birthday?

You know, like I said, there was a point where I thought I was never going to be assigned to write another piece of music. So for me, it’s a bonus more than anything else, and I really like the collaborative effect of having to work with multimedia and choreographers.

Week after week, when you see the crowds having fun and everyone taking their videos and uploading them to social media, then you realize, wow, okay, you’re really part of something that’s so greater than the sum of everyone put together. And I’m just glad I can make music, you know?

This year you also had the privilege of writing NS55’s theme song, Back in the Day. What was the most inspiring part of your NS, well, back then?

I was in the Air Force Field Defense Squadron. I distinctly remember during BMT that one of my sergeants also repeated, “Pain is only temporary. Hard times don’t last forever.” And this idea has always stayed with me throughout my life.

ALSO READ: Let’s Hear It For Singapore: Our Honest Thoughts On NPD Songs Over The Years

This article first appeared in Wonderwall.sg.

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University of Mississauga’s massive video game collection is a game-changer for research and education: CBC News http://www.repertoire-web.com/university-of-mississaugas-massive-video-game-collection-is-a-game-changer-for-research-and-education-cbc-news/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 17:35:26 +0000 http://www.repertoire-web.com/university-of-mississaugas-massive-video-game-collection-is-a-game-changer-for-research-and-education-cbc-news/

The University of Toronto Mississauga has acquired a massive collection of video games – ranging from vintage Atari titles to modern PlayStation and Xbox games – that will open up exciting new avenues for academic research, CBC News reports.

The collection, which includes over 14,000 games, around 5,000 magazines, and dozens of consoles and systems, was compiled by the late programmer Syd Bolton. CBC News reported that Bolton’s wife has contacted the U of T Mississauga to ensure the collection is preserved for public use. said Chris YoungHead of Collections and Digital Scholarship at the U of T Mississauga Library, whose team works to organize and catalog the collection.

Stephanie Fisherresearch officer at U of T, said she hopes the collection will help foster greater involvement in the game from underrepresented groups in the industry, while Siobhan O’Flynnassistant professor, teaching stream, in the Department of English and Drama at the University of Mississauga, said the collection represents an “amazing” scholarly resource.

“To be able to go back and play these titles with a perspective from 2022, and think about the impact of these games in their own moment and their cultural moment and in the context of design but also how we perceive it today , is going to be incredibly enlightening,” O’Flynn told CBC News.

Read the story on CBC News

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Gedde to head RISD’s fine arts program | Local News http://www.repertoire-web.com/gedde-to-head-risds-fine-arts-program-local-news/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 05:00:00 +0000 http://www.repertoire-web.com/gedde-to-head-risds-fine-arts-program-local-news/

A longtime Roswell Public School teacher and administrator said she was thrilled to take on her first leadership role in the building, but will miss the day-to-day interaction with students.

Tamra Gedde, in her 19th year with the Roswell Independent School District and her 26th year as an educator, is the new director of RISD’s Creative Learning Center.

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Paappan’s First Box Office Weekend Collection: Suresh Gopi Star Sees Massive Growth! http://www.repertoire-web.com/paappans-first-box-office-weekend-collection-suresh-gopi-star-sees-massive-growth/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 01:48:39 +0000 http://www.repertoire-web.com/paappans-first-box-office-weekend-collection-suresh-gopi-star-sees-massive-growth/
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paappan, the film that marked the reunion of iconic actor-director duo Suresh Gopi and Joshiy, got off to a fantastic start. The investigative drama impressed both audiences and critics. When it completed the first weekend of release,

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is doing very well at the box office and has already emerged as a hit.

Latest reports from trade pundits suggest Suresh Gopi star had a massive weekend, breaking the 8 crore mark at the global box office. Paappan reportedly made a gross collection of around Rs 3.2 Crore on the third day alone, and a total gross collection of over Rs 8.5 Crore from its first weekend in theaters.

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was released with minimal hype before release. Director Joshiy had become the biggest launch of Suresh Gopi’s acting career so far, breaking the 2.5 Crore mark at the global box office on the day of its release. If things follow at the same pace,

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could also become the highest-grossing film of the action superstar’s career.

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did not have a massive release, with limited screens in smaller towns and outside Kerala. But the film is doing well thanks to positive reviews and word of mouth. The Suresh Gopi star reportedly got off to a slow start as his early shows only had around 50% occupancy. However, things changed on the second day, and on the third day of release, the collections even broke through the opening box office gross.

paappan, which features Suresh Gopi as a former police officer, stars actor Gokul Suresh’s eldest son, Nyla Usha, Neeta Pillai and others in the key role. Director Joshiy is written by famed radio jockey-turned-writer RJ Shaan. The investigative drama is jointly produced by Sree Gokulam Movies, David Kachappilly Productions, and Iffaar Media.

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Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2022 http://www.repertoire-web.com/hawkes-bay-arts-festival-2022/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.repertoire-web.com/hawkes-bay-arts-festival-2022/ Photo / Supplied.

Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival launches 2022 festival program

The 8th annual Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival kicked off this week, offering a varied and accessible program across a range of art forms, including theatre, music, dance, opera, comedy, family events , the visual arts and a weekend of literary events. With 65 shows over a two week period from October 14 to 30, there is something for everyone. The Festival program is now online at www.hbaf.co.nz with tickets available for purchase. Printed programs can be picked up at local cafes, galleries, libraries and i-sites in the area.

Whiria te tāngata is a Maori whakatauki (proverb) meaning Weaving people together. This is our kaupapa for the Festival as we navigate difficult times for our community. Frayed around the edges, we aim to bring the strands together, weaving artists, makers and creators into a beautiful showcase of works from Aotearoa and beyond. Festival director Pitsch Leiser said: “This is a festival that brings us all together to celebrate our community, the arts and our humanity. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing two wonderful weeks of exuberance and fun. free your heart and feed your soul.”

The opening weekend in October highlights the beautiful craftsmanship of our Ngāti Kahungunu weavers, with their collective of offerings under the title Whiria! Related to the whakatauki Festival Whiria means to weave, a call to gather, weave and foster interaction. It will be a special day in the ballroom of the newly opened municipal buildings.

The extensive musical lineup includes national and international legends, the Festival’s opening night will bring Canadian Frazey Ford and the Quiet Revolution to Hawke’s Bay for the first time. The famous Don McGlashen and Others returns to the Festival stage traveling through his latest album Bright November Morning, Rebel combines the music of David Bowie with the circus, an incredible rock and roll party. Letters from Iraq is a special performance by Grammy-winning Iraqi-American oud player and composer, Rahim Alhaj alongside New Zealand string quartet, Jackie Goes Prima Diva in association with the Small Hall Sessions brings this local singer into the corridors of rural Hawke’s Bay. Winner of the coveted 2022 Taite Music Prize, Anthonie Tonnon presents her third album, Leave Love Out of This. Teremoana Rapley presents her album Daughter Of a Housegirl, which spanned 30 years. Mahler’s Symphony No.2 – The Resurrection Symphony presented by Festival Opera is an appropriate collaboration for today’s turbulent times.

Laugh a lot with comedians Urzila Carlson It’s Personal and Pax Assadi with his show Handsome Boy, The Trojan War from A Slightly Isolated Dog and for the whole family ROFL (Rolling On the Floor Laughing) and some fun and light evenings with fun comedy circus WERK IT from Oz.

Superb storytelling through theater highlights includes Indian Ink Theater Company with Mrs Krishnan’s Party, Roy Ward in Peter Wells’ Hello Darkness, Skin Tight with one of Aotearoa’s most poignant and enduring works of theater, Back to Square One is a touching and remarkable story of mundane lives and The Boy Called Piano harnesses the power of theater as a force for social change.

Other highlights include Sharing the Dream celebrating the unique career and work of Dame Malvina and, for the first time as part of the Festival lineup, the Royal New Zealand Ballet with Tutus on Tour.

This year, a strong visual arts component includes Nuit Blanche – Art After Dark, in Napier’s arts district, which will come to life with fantastic visual and performing arts programming. The Hawke’s Bay Art Trail showcases our local artists and creators with this year’s addition of The Big Apple Project, grab maps for both and treat yourself to a visual feast for the eyes throughout the region. The Incredible Wahine Photographic Portrait is an immersive multimedia arts exhibition that will run throughout October. The Uku Clay Ceramic Awards – the biennial national ceramic awards exhibition held at the Hastings Community Arts Centre.

For more information and tickets, visit www.hbaf.co.nz or go to a local iSite or to the box office in Toitoi or the Napier Municipal Theater from 9am on 20 July.

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