Arts festival reaching final days

By Alice Lock

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Andy Heast (left) chairman of Arts Inc Heretaunga and festival director Pitsch Leiser  outside the Festival Garden at Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival. Photo/Duncan Brown.
Andy Heast (left) chairman of Arts Inc Heretaunga and festival director Pitsch Leiser outside the Festival Garden at Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival. Photo/Duncan Brown.

With the final weekend of the Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival fast approaching festival director, Pitsch Leiser says step by step their continuing to crank it up.

"We still so have so many exciting works in the pipeline for people to come down and see, as we hit that final sprint home," Mr Leiser said.

'No More Dancing in the Good Room' is one of the final shows and creator Chris Parker said he was really excited about performing in Hawke's Bay at the festival.

"I cannot wait to get in to it, it will be great to share my production with a broader New Zealand audience after sell out shows in Wellington and Auckland," Mr Parker said.

Mr Parker began creating his personal show at Toi Whakaari in his third year and said he knew it was "almost good" but not amazing.

It was not until he left Toi Whakaari when he came out as gay that he realised that was the part missing from the play, which would make it amazing.

"We all sat in a room and started exploring everything in a real physical way. It is my personal story but is told through theatre, dance and projected home videos. I play myself, mum and dad."

He said the audience could expect a lot of laughs, as he mocked his parents throughout the play and it was high in energy.

"They will see a very flexible blonde guy going crazy for them for an hour. It does have some deeper feelings at the end so it is a bit of a roller coaster ride."

He said it was also about finding yourself and being honest with who you are.

"I am a very open guy so I am happy to share and over share, as it is so important to be honest. I have tried to make it as authentic as possible."

'Mango Del Chango' is another production still to come and Mr Leiser said it was a great new show being performed for the first time by Delaney Davidson.

"It uses simple projection techniques and noir photography, and features blue, rockabilly and country music all combined."

A local production, 'Edge of a Raindrop', was also adding to the final pieces of "cultural magic" and Mr Leiser said it showcased the history of the Heretaunga Plains.

It is a collaboration between Pereri King, Puti Lancaster, Marama Beamish, Janis Cheng & Moana Munro and focuses on the underworld of the Heretaunga plains that used to be a water world weaved together by the Makirikiri.

"It has developed beautifully and is a stunning local production," Mr Leiser said.

The festival garden was also "cranking it up" with the final days fast approaching.

Mr Leiser said yesterday the DJ set from Little of Shop of Horrors spontaneously performed in the festival garden.

"It added to the atmosphere and ambiance that people have been enjoying and we have received nothing but positive feedback. It has been amazing."

Mr Leiser said they were hoping to get more performers perform in the festival garden before Sunday, creating good vibes, which would add to the positive festival experience.

"We will be rocking through to Sunday so do not miss the chance to see the remaining shows and the ambiance of the festival garden, as it will not be around for ever."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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