New Zealand Arts Review

Reviews, News and Commentary by John Daly-Peoples

NZ Trio’s “Stratus” concert a delight

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples NZ Trio Dramatic Skies; Stratus Auckland Concert Chamber April 18 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The NZ Trios latest concert “Stratus” had works by composers spanning the last four centuries from Haydn through to two recent New Zealand compositions. As always with this finely tuned boutique group they are a thrill to […]

APO’s “Enduring Spirit”: a stunning perfomance by Natalia Lomeiko

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Enduring Spirit Auckland Town Hall April 15 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The major work on the Auckland Philharmonia’ s “Enduring Spirit” programme was Carl Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony, “The Inextinguishable”. Composed in the first two years of the Great War it is a multi-layered work which sees the composer […]

“Van Gogh Alive” Walking through the artists work

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Van Gogh Alive Spark Arena, Auckland Until May 6 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Van Gogh Alive is promoted as being the most visited multi-sensory experience in the world. It must be. It has been seen in over 50 cities around the world including in the last few month, Wellington and Christchurch. […]

Rita Angus “An Artist’s Life” reveals a New Zealand Modernist

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Rita Angus, An Artist’s Life By Jill Trevelyan Te Papa Press RRP  $59.99 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples This  year the Royal Academy in London was due to have an exhibition of works by  Rita Angus but was cancelled due to the covid 19 pandemic. The Royal Academy was heavily promoting the […]

Martin Ball reveals the Pink and White Terraces

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Echo: A Brush with History Martin Ball Orexart Until May 1 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Martin Ball’s latest exhibition “Echo” is based on the photographic records that George Valentine made of  the now destroyed Pink and White Terraces which erupted one hundred and thirty-five years ago on 10 June 1886. It […]

Faith Healer: Three actors in search of the truth

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Faith Health by Brian Friel Plumb Productions Pitt St Theatre, 78 Pitt St Newton Until April 24 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Brian Friel’s Faith Healer is a seemingly simple play in which three characters speak four monologues, each recalling the same events from their differing perspectives.  Each of the characters presents their lives […]

“The Haka Party Incident” is a powerful and emotional work

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The Haka Party Incident by Katie Wolfe Auckland Theatre Company ASB Waterfront theatre Until  April 10. Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The much-awaited new play “The Haka Party Incident” by Katie Wolfe finally opened this week. Some came to witness a great piece of theatre. Some came to see a recreation of a piece […]

New book reveals the secret lives of paintings

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The Back of the Painting By Linda Waters, Sarah Hillary and Jenny Sherman Te Papa Press RRP $45.00 Publication date April “The Back of the Painting” Research Library Display Case Mezzanine Level of Auckland Art Gallery 30 April – 26 August. Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples In the late 1980’s the artist […]


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