Thursday, September 06, 2012

Uni Verse

A major shift in arts funding over the last few years has been the entry of the universities. They have put up funding for many of the largest exhibitions by NZ artists and more than a few of the art publications and now the University of Auckland is taking Len Lye to the opera.
With words by Lye’s biographer Emeritus Professor Roger Horrocks, music by Eve de Castro-Robinson a teacher in the Music Department and produced by the University of Auckland's National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, LEN LYE the opera had its first outing at the University's Maidment Theatre in Auckland last night. In the cast are University of Auckland staff members including Te Oti Rakena, a key player in the presentation of Michael Parekowhai’s On first looking into Chapman’s Homer.
As Te Oti Rakena singing in his role as an art dealer has it:
“To survive in art
You have to be smart.”
You can catch rehearsal action here.