Auckland War Memorial Museum
ANTARCTICA: while you were sleeping sees visual artist Joseph Michael collaborate with composer Rhian Sheehan to create a cinematic spectacle like no other – a one-to-one scale of an Antarctic iceberg. For three nights, the Auckland War Memorial Museum becomes the canvas for the projection of the majestic iceberg, celebrating the pristine scenery of the awe-inspiring ice continent.
Studio, Basement Theatre
A multi-sensory installation, Between the Dog and the Wolf unfolds at dusk when the slowly fading light finds two young adults shut in a room in a summer house. In an interweaving of visual and aural systems of illusion, actors who never appear are heard speaking and moving among the audience, and an everyday scene takes on an otherworldly quality as it explores the unstable relationship between the world as it is and as we perceive it.
Horror is a spine-chilling visual spectacle that pays homage to the horror-movie genre. Unfolding live before your frightened eyes, it is ingeniously gruesome, strangely poetic, and pee-your-pants scary. Referencing classics like The Ring, Evil Dead and The Exorcist, Horror’s special effects and illusions will have you hand-over-mouth screaming and shuddering on the edge of your seat.
As dusk falls, enter the magical world of Power Plant – a place where time is temporarily put on hold, where gramophones spin sparkling sounds, haunting whistles rise and fall, and shimmering flowers dance to their own tune. Power Plant is a captivating nocturnal bush walk through enchanting, delicate light and sound installations created by five internationally acclaimed artists and New Zealand artist sonicsfromscratch.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Encounter the human form – in all its complexity – in The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate, Auckland Art Gallery’s major exhibition for 2017. Beautiful, sensual and at times provocative, more than 100 artworks from Tate, London, tell the story of the nude and trace artists’ captivation with the human form over the last two centuries.
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Directed by Simon McBurney and starring Richard Katz, The Encounter tells the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre who is lost in a remote area of the Brazilian Amazon in 1969 which leads to a startling encounter that is to change his life. The Encounter uses binaural technology (3D audio) to build an intimate world of sound transmitted through individual headphones, and as McIntyre’s mesmerising tale reaches its climax, this extraordinary performance asks some of the most urgent questions of today about how we live and what we believe to be true.
Festival Garden (Aotea Square)
The Wonderful World of Cardboard HOME is an illuminated cardboard installation created with the help of school children who explore the idea of what makes a house a home. The children are invited to attend the installation on White Night and tell the stories of their cardboard home.