Thursday, February 12, 2009

Only $3 for a slice of dance history

The world premier of Wind Dancer: The Story of Shona Dunlop MacTavish is on at 7pm Saturday 28 Feburary at Dunedin's Regent Theatre. For only $3 including guest speakers Michael Parmenter and Shona Dunlop MacTavish herself, plus short films by students, this is an event not to be missed.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dunedin Fringe Festival Program Launch

The Dunedin Fringe Festival programme will be launched on Thursday 26 February. The Festival will run from 26 March until 5 April.

The Blue Oyster will be hosting three performances as a part of the Fringe Festival:
Sylvia Schwenk - X Dunedin Performance 1pm Fri 27 March in the Octogan
Sudhir Duppati - Devoltion #1 "Thus I spoke Silence" 5:30pm Fri 27 March at the Blue Oyster
Sarah Forgan - Wish: About Spaces 2pm Sat 4 Aprilat the Blue Oyster

An exhibition of Sylvia Schwenk's work at the Blue Oyster gallery, titled They Paved Paradise Put up a Parking Lot, will be launched on Tuesday 24 March at 5:30pm with an opening performance Boots for Rising Water.

Work by Sudhir Duppati & Sarah Forgan will also be exhibited at the Blue Oyster Gallery from 24 March - 18 April.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hello Lamb/ The Perspectives of Elsewhere

Our 2009 program has begun with a Japanese - New Zealand collaboration The Perspectives of Elsewhere.

The show is a cultural exchange project involving artists from Auckland and Tokyo. Michelle Armistead, former Director of the Blue Oyster, traveled to Japan in 2008 with the New Zealand artists group Hello Lamb who exhibited their Do It Yourself Shelf Museum of Possibilities for the first time in GEISAI Museum 2. The result of this trip is the exhibition The Perspectives of Elsewhere, which was exhibited in Auckland in September last year, involving invited artists from Japan exhibiting alongside Hello Lamb artists. In it's third incarnation the DIY shelf museum has diversified, grown and in some cases spread off the shelf into other regions of the gallery.

The group's name Hello Lamb is a merger of the iconic Japanese phenomena Hello Kitty, and New Zealand's cultural tourism trademark - the sheep. This combination represents a meeting point and engagement between both cultures. It is this cross cultural communication and translation, which the artists involved are interested in exploring.

The exhibition will be on show until 21 February.