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Articulate June 16 - 23

The arts week ahead: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs 

John Daly-Peoples
Sat, 16 Jun 2012


The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs by Mike Daisey
Maidment Theatre for one night.
24th June. 6pm.

One of the most controversial pieces of modern theatre becomes a special Silo fundraising event when The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs is performed for one night only to Auckland audiences next week.

Mike Daisey compiles autobiography, gonzo journalism and bold wordplay to tell stories that expose the flaws and contradictions of contemporary society. In The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

In “Jobs” he turns his signature wit to the world’s most mysterious technology icon and former CEO of Apple; shining a light on our love affair with our digital gadgets and the human cost of creating them.

The piece has created international media frenzy as some "facts" have been discovered to be invented or "half-truths". Daisey has never professed to be a journalist, just a guy with a story to tell. Regardless of whether it’s fact or fiction, the monologue tells an important and exciting story – the theatrical equivalent of a must-see Film Festival doco.

Directed by Shane Bosher, we have assembled a knock-out line-up of familiar Silo faces and media personalities to perform the work, including; Oliver Driver, Dave Fane, Charlie McDermott, 95bFM's Sarin Moddle, Toni Potter, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Matt Whelan and Metro's Simon Wilson.

"The best original American play so far this year."
The Washington Post

"Anyone with a cellphone or a moral centre should see this show."
The New York Times


Sergey Malov, with Michael Houstoun and Ashley Brown.
Touring Concerts
Christchurch, Auckland, Dunedin and Invercargill

Winner of the 2011 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Russian-born Sergey Malov teams up with pianist Michael Houstoun for a programme of virtuosic repertoire.
In 2011, Sergey won the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, before winning a hat-trick as he scooped the top prize along with the inaugural Julian Paul Anderson Award for best chamber music player and the Audience Prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

Pianist Michael Houstoun will once again perform with the winner, while NZTrio cellist Ashley Brown will join them for Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Trio in Auckland.

Middlegrange Performing Arts Centre, Christchurch
June 16th

Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor D821
Bartok Sonata for Solo Violin
Schumann Sonata No 1 in A minor Opus 105
Paganini La Campanella

Auckland Town Hall
June 18th

John Psathas Gyftiko
Beethoven Piano Trio No 5 in D Opus 70 No 1 ‘Ghost’
Ysaye Sonata No 4 for Solo Violin
Franck Violin Sonata in A

Regent Theatre, Dunedin
June 26th

John Psathas Gyftiko
Brahms Violin Sonata No 1 in G Opus 78
Ysaye Sonata No 4 for Solo Violin
Franck Violin Sonata in A
Civic Theatre, Invercargill
June 27th

Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor D821
Bartok Sonata for Solo Violin page 9
Schumann Sonata No 1 in A minor Opus 105
Paganini La Campanella

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Auckland Town Hall
June 21st

Eckart Preu Conductor
Sergey Malov Soloist

Thomas Adès …but all shall be well
Paganini Violin Concerto No.2
Schumann Symphony No.1, ‘Spring’
In addition to his touring performances Sergey Malov will be performing with the APO, playing the Paganini Violin Concerto.
Also on the programme is a work by the rarely heard contemporary British composer Thomas Ades


John Roy, Digging Holes
Avid Gallery, Wellington
June 18 – 30

John Roy trained at Wanganui Polytechnic, graduating in 1997 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts majoring in ceramics. The curator Greg Donson says of the artist that he "has determinedly stuck with ceramics and successfully pushed the boundaries of the medium and, over the last few years, has also created multi-part works that have occupied spaces in unexpected ways". Based in Tauranga, he creates work that revolves around iconic forms, and the social memory built around them

His work is held in a number of public collections including the Auckland War Memorial Museum, James Wallace Arts Trust collection, Tauranga Art Gallery, and the Waikato Museum and Art Gallery. He has also won multiple awards, including the Premier Award at the New Zealand Society of Potters Exhibition in 2004, Supreme Award at the Waiheke Ceramics Award in 2004, and the Non-Functional Object Award at the New Zealand Society of Potters Exhibition in 2006.

Away to the South, Justin Boroughs
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
June 19 – July14

Justin Borough’s new exhibition, 'Away to the South' conveys the artist's devotion to revisiting regions in the New Zealand that offer the finest light and richest landscapes. The McKenzie Basin has, for years, been one of Borough's favourite sites for finding atmospheric drama that inspires him. Recently noted as one of the world's best locations for star gazing due to the region's clarity of light, Boroughs equally celebrates the cutting afternoon sun and monumental landscapes; views unsullied by the slightest pollution.

What Boroughs presents in 'Away to the South' is idealised landscapes with fresh perspectives that delight the senses, and an awareness of the past that imbues the viewer with nostalgia and regional spirit. By enhancing light, emphasising certain elements within the scene and achieving a sense of stillness, Boroughs gives us a scene devoid of time. The removal of people (but not evidence of people: roads, tracks, etc) emphasises this objective interpretation, allowing the works to convey a sense of private isolation without narrative.

Constantly touring New Zealand seeking the perfect scene to translate into a painted surface, Boroughs does most of his surveying in the morning or evening when the piercing Central Otago light is angled, creating deep contrast in the landscape.

Works on Paper, Andrew Blythe
Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland
June 19 – July 7

In his first solo exhibition at Tim Melville Gallery Andrew Blythe presents works on paper made between 2003 and 2012.

Blythe's ability to 'bring line to life' gives his paintings a unique rhythm and energy, their combinations of short repeated words and drifts of gestural marks leading the eye in search of visual patterns and systems. The artist himself has described his work as being about "energy flows and rhythms", that he strives to "achieve harmony", and that he wants his painting to be "pure, with no interference".

A turbulent adolescence in the 1970's saw Blythe in and out of hospital as well as occasionally living rough on the streets of Auckland. During this time he painted, drew and wrote poetry as a cathartic expression of his experience. Today he is supported by the Toi Ora Live Art Trust, a community arts centre providing studio space and tuition for people who have experienced mental illness.

Since his first solo show in 2008 Andrew Blythe’s national and international recognition has grown. A Paris show in 2009 was followed by a presentation at the New York Outsider Art Fair in 2011.

His work can currently be seen in “Local Knowledge” at the MADMusée in Liege, Belgium.

John Daly-Peoples
Sat, 16 Jun 2012
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