There are probably a lot of people in Spain who think flamenco dancer Israel Galvan is destroying their national culture as he pushes the traditional dance form into new territories.
Ainadamar is an account of the death of the Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, who was murdered by the fascists during the Spanish Civil War because, as one of the protagonists says, Lorca's pen was more powerful than the force of the gun.
The Russians have been a bit selective in their version of Midsummers Night's Dream focusing just on the brief tale of Pyramus and Thisbe which is near the close of Shakespeare's play.
It feels incredibly cosmopolitan and sophisticated to be able to go to a major symphonic concert at lunchtime but that is what the NZSO is doing in five concerts during the New Zealand Festival.
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