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Hold those McCahons

Friday 15th December 2000

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High points by
John Daly-Peoples

  • Dracula (Royal New Zealand Ballet): A work of international class.
  • Black Grace new work: Exciting and dynamic but doesn't try to be too smart or esoteric.
  • Das Lied von der Erde (Auckland Philharmonia): A poignant, moving symphony with all the nuances of the song cycle. Helen Medlyn made new discoveries in Mahler.
  • Purapurawhetu by Briar Grace-Smith: Simple, powerful dialogue. George Henare: a great New Zealand actor; Nancy Brunning: on her way to be another.
  • Best stage performance: Raymond Hawthorne as Oscar Wilde in Mercury Theatre's Judas Kiss.
  • Best auction sale: Louis John Steele The Launching of a Maori War Canoe for $270,000
  • Most expensive art purchase: Colin McCahon's $1.78 million painting by Te Papa. Hold on to those big McCahon's for another decade and they will all be worth over a million.
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