image00320 June to 6 September Pick and Mix

Every Saturday morning live at Auckland Town Hall or Aotea Centre

Every Sunday morning live at Bruce Mason Centre

Performances 10.30am, workshops 11.30am

 

FREE

Get a taste for the performing arts.

Inspire your family this winter with Pick & Mix, Auckland Live’s programme of free performances and workshops from some of the brightest stars of New Zealand arts and entertainment.

Sing your heart out with the New Zealand Opera, play percussion with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, learn to pirouette with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and practice circus tricks with the Dust Palace acrobats!

This year you can pick and mix your venue as each group will perform on the Saturday at the Aotea Centre or Auckland Town Hall and on the Sunday in the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna. Come and go as you please, there are no tickets or allocated seating. Just turn up and join in the fun or relax and be entertained.

Auckland Live wants children to experience the excitement of the stage and performing arts — cultivating New Zealand’s future performers and artists. That’s why we are thrilled to bring Pick & Mix to our Auckland Central and North Shore venues to ensure this programme is accessible to as many Auckland families as possible.

  New Zealand Opera

Saturday 20 June, live at Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall

Sunday 21 June, live at Bruce Mason Centre

APO Percussion Trio

Saturday 27 June, live at Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 28 June, live at Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

Magic & Comedy with Jarred Fell

Saturday 4 July, live at the Upper NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 5 July, live at the Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

Royal New Zealand Ballet

Saturday 11 July, live at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

Sunday 12 July, live at Bruce Mason Centre

Atamira Dance Company

Friday 17 July, live at Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

Saturday 18 July, live at the Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

Musical Theatre with National Youth Theatre Company

Saturday 25 July, live at Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 26 July, live at Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

Recording Studio

Saturday 1 August, live at Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 2 August, live at Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

Circus

Saturday 8 August, live at Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 9 August, live at Bruce Mason Centre

Hip-hop Clowning

Saturday 15 August, live at Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 16 August, live at Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

Digital Puppetry

Saturday 22 August, live at Owens Foyer, Aotea Centre

Sunday 23 August, live at Bruce Mason Centre

Drums & Rhythms

Saturday 29 August, live at Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 30 August, live at Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

Saturday 5 September, live at Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 6 September, live at Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

 

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New Zealand Opera

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE – A Close Shave (An Adaptation in English and in 45 Minutes)

Saturday 20 June, 10.30am, Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall

Sunday 21 June, 10.30am, Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna

FREE

Performance: 10.30am

Introduce your children to the wonderful world of opera! This fast-paced, colourful and entertaining adaptation of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (in English) has thrilled children around the country.

Workshop: 11.30am

 Join us to explore what it is to sing, move and be directed as an ensemble alongside real-life opera singers. No singing experience necessary!

About the Company

 New Zealand Opera is the face of professional opera in Aotearoa. Our goal: to bring human stories, glorious music and the passion of opera to all.

New Zealand Opera is about more than main stage opera seasons. Our Education and Outreach work also includes schools tours and workshops. Join us for this welcoming and accessible introduction to opera.

 

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

APO Percussion Trio

Saturday 27 June, 10.30am, Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 28 June, 10.30am, Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

FREE
Performance: 10.30am

 You don’t need instruments to make music – the APO Percussion Trio will teach you how to create your own sounds. They will also perform a repertoire seldom seen in New Zealand, bringing two huge 5 octave marimbas!

Workshop: 11.30am

 Come and play in a batteria – a Brazilian Samba percussion experience. Bring your groove hats and earplugs: this is going to be a rhythmic experience that will get your bodies moving!

About the Orchestra

 The APO’s Connecting programme spans education, community and outreach. 51 of the 72 musicians in the APO volunteer to take leadership roles in education programmes. There are seven ensembles of APO musicians that regularly present interactive programmes, and are passionate about sharing their skills and experience with young Aucklanders.

 

Magic and Comedy – Jarred Fell

Jarred Fell

Magic & Comedy

Saturday 4 July, 10.30am, Upper NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 5 July, 10.30am, Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

FREE

 Performance: 10.30am

 Come join in and see New Zealand’s own magic comedian Jarred Fell. You may have seen Jarred all over the TV but magic is always best seen up close. This is a comedy magic show you don’t want to miss.

Workshop: 11.30am

 Learn how to perform magic tricks so you can surprise and shock your friends and family!

About Jarred Fell

 Jarred Fell has been a professional comedian magician for over eight years and has performed in Las Vegas, L.A, New York, Singapore, Malaysia and all over New Zealand with sell out shows. This year he appeared in the Old Mout Cider Comedy Gala on TV3 and performed a sell-out show in the NZ International Comedy Festival.

 

Royal New Zealand Ballet

A Morning with the Royal New Zealand Ballet

Saturday 11 July, 10.30am, Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

Sunday 12 July, 10.30am, Bruce Mason Centre

FREE

Performance: 10.30am

 Dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet will perform excerpts from classical and contemporary works in a whistle-stop tour of 150 years of ballet.

Workshop: 11.30am

 RNZB Dance Educator Pagan Dorgan will teach ballet essentials and encourage participants to try out some of the steps that the dancers have performed.

 About the Company

 The Royal New Zealand Ballet is New Zealand’s only professional ballet company, established in 1953. The company of 38 dancers is based in Wellington and tours extensively around New Zealand and internationally. The RNZB’s next season in Auckland is The Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at the Aotea Centre from 2 – 6 September.

 

Atamira Dance Company

Atamira Dance Company

Friday 17 July, 11.30am, Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

Saturday 18 July, 10.30am, Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

FREE

 Performance: 11.30am, Friday, 10.30am, Saturday

 Enjoy an exciting contemporary Maori dance performance from the company and some talented secondary dance students, inspired by the myths and legends imbued into the enormous Pou Kapua sculpture in South Auckland.

Workshop: 12.30pm Friday, 11.30am, Saturday

 Workshop: Atamira dancers will perform alongside secondary dance students, as part of their 2015 dance education programme. The performance and workshop led by Artistic Director Moss Patterson will focus on Maori Contemporary dance technique and choreography inspired by the myths and legends imbued into the enormous Pou Kapua, sculpture in South Auckland. Workshop participants will be led through a series of exercises and choreographic ideas that will inspire and ignite new ideas about how dance can be used as an exciting way to explore stories and be creative. For all ages these workshops are fun, physical and energising

 About the Company

 Atamira Dance Company is the leading creator and presenter of Maori contemporary dance theatre in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The work embodies a unique landscape shaped by the cultural identity of people and their stories. Atamira’s choreographers, dancers and designers are a reflection of the diverse cross-section of voices in Aotearoa today. The company creates compelling, high-quality Maori contemporary dance theatre that reaches out to audiences and reflects the many aspirations of Aotearoa’s Mana Whenua.

 

Musical Theatre

National Youth Theatre Company

Musical Theatre

Saturday 25 July, 10.30am, Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 26 July, 10.30am, Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

FREE

Performance: 10.30am

 Join the cast and creative team of the National Youth Theatre Company for songs and dances from the world of musical theatre and Glee!

Workshop: 11.30am

 Afterwards join the NYTC team to create and perform a brand new original song!

About the Company

 The National Youth Theatre Company is New Zealand’s premiere all-access musical theatre training organisation – bringing confidence and life skills to young people through ongoing theatrical training and performance opportunities.

 

Recording Studio

Play It Strange Trust

Recording Studio with Jam Bus

Saturday 1 August, 10.30am, Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 2 August, 10.30am, Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

FREE

Performance: 10.30am

A live recording session – watch a band start from scratch and, using the Jam Bus mobile recording studio equipment, record an entire song.

Workshop: 11.30am

 Learn how to use modern music recording technology, from different types of microphones, to mixing and mastering music. The recordings will be available for download after the show.

About the Company

 The Jam Bus is a mobile recording studio. Run by the Play it Strange Trust, the Jam Bus (actually a van) travels around schools, taking all the recording equipment you would normally find in a professional studio to record and make music.

 

The Dust Palace

The Dust Palace

Circus: Top of the Heap

Saturday 8 August, 10.30am, Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 9 August, 10.30am, Bruce Mason Centre

FREE

Performance: 10.30am

New Zealand’s top circus company, The Dust Palace, presents Top of the Heap! In the land of wonder and wisdom where rain glitters and pirate ships are common on land… there lives a wondrous companionship of circus characters.

Workshop: 11.30am

 Have a bundle of fun doing what the big kids in the show have just shown you – take part in workshops in acrobatics, juggling, hula hoops, handstands and slapstick!

 About the Company

 In the five years of its existence The Dust Palace has placed itself in the forefront of circus theatre and corporate circus performance in New Zealand. We’ve produced and toured ten circus shows, slowly morphing from circus burlesque through circus cabaret to our one true love, circus theatre.

 

Hip Hop Clowning

Jandel J and the Funky Friends

Hip Hop Clowning

Saturday 15 August, 10.30am, Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 16 August, 10.30am, Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

FREE

Performance: 10.30am

A hilarious, high energy, hip hop dance opus loaded with fun, friendship, sadness and silliness

gift wrapped with a funky bow.

Workshop: 11.30am

Enter the crazy world of Jandel J (Justin Haiu) and learn what it takes to be a Funky Friend.

 About the Company

 Justin Haiu (So You Think You Can Dance, New Zealand Dance Company, White Face Crew)

brings his unique fusion of hip hop dance, clowning and tomfoolery to the stage. Fun characters,

energetic antics and loads of laughs make this a heart-warming treat for all ages.

 

Digital Puppetry

UJI Studios

ThunderSmash: Digital Puppetry

Saturday 22 August, 10.30am, Owens Foyer, Aotea Centre

Sunday 23 August, 10.30am, Bruce Mason Centre

FREE

Performance: 10.30am

 A comic book comes to life! Thunder Smash is a comic book style live performance using digital puppetry and super heroes, performed in front of a live digital screen.

 Workshop: 11.30am

 Make a short movie clip starring your own digital puppet using animation, video and the green screen.

 About the Company

 Digital Puppetry is stories, games and interactive encounters in a world of shapes, masks and characters, an exciting way to engage with modern audiences. Realised through digital technology, reading the performers and spectators, letting them and you interact with a world full of possibilities.

 

Drums and Rhythms

STRIKE

Drums & Rhythms

Saturday 29 August, 10.30am, Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 30 August, 10.30am, Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

FREE

 Performance: 10.30am

 A high energy show from STRIKE, New Zealand’s most outstanding percussionists. Together they draw on styles from across the globe to create a stunning show of dynamic drums and rhythms.

 Workshop: 11.30am

 Everyone is given a piece of percussion to learn and perform along with Strike.

 About the Company

 Pacific, classical and contemporary musical influences, combined with a movement and theatre-based presentation, make STRIKE unique in the world of percussion music. On the stage, in arts festivals, street events, and at more intimate corporate events STRIKE has created its own “classical crossover” audience extending their understanding of percussive-based music and movement.
Founded in 1993, STRIKE has worked with leading New Zealand composers, composed its own pieces and collaborated with other musicians and groups from dancers, to symphony orchestras.

 

Revolting Rhymes

Flaxworks theatre company

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

Saturday 5 September, 10.30am, Lower NZI, Aotea Centre

Sunday 6 September, 10.30am, Hauraki Room, Bruce Mason Centre

FREE

 Performance: 10.30am

 A mad story teller and slightly madder actor will recreate Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes directly from the book, playing all the characters using quick costume changes to tell the manic tales.

Workshop 11.30am

Flaxworks theatre company will help you to improvise, create and perform your own Revolting Rhyme.

 About the Company

 Flaxworks theatre company was created by Alex Ellis and Phil Ormsby and is an Auckland based theatre company who write and produce their own plays to tour through New Zealand and abroad. This is their third year performing at Pick & Mix.

 

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