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The Legacy Vogue Ball will see Aotearoa’s three major ballroom houses: Aitu, Coven-Carangi and Iman, battle it out for supremacy. But this event is about more than winning. It gives a platform to trans people of colour (POC) and celebrates a queer art form that nurtures lives in South...
Heavenly Bodies' Chris Oh! isn’t just a whole snack, he’s an internationally celebrated burlesque performer who is in demand all over Europe since. He talks to express about his jet set lifestyle, giving back to the community and COVID-inspired candle-play! Your social media is a dizzying mix of international cities...
Kiss-off Valentine and kill Cupid, but definitely marry comedian Tom Sainsbury! The host of The Tom Sainsbury Love Hour presents his guide to taking a chance on a love that burns hot enough to last! (RIP) Now look, I’m far from being an expert in the ways of love but...
With Coronavirus preventing international work from entering the Festival foray, this year’s Auckland Arts Festival (AAF) will be 100% Aotearoa artist-led, with a theme of Aroha and a focus on world-class creativity and talent telling our stories. Here are the express team's picks for an unmissable Festival: LIFE IS A CABARET: The...
Joel Bray is a proud openly-gay Aboriginal (Wiradjuri) man and one of the most talked-about contemporary dancers to come out of Australia in recent years. He talks to Oliver Hall about bringing his latest show Biladurang to the Auckland Arts Festival (AAF). “It means not quite fitting in anywhere, which...
What do you get when world-renowned choreographer Angelin Preljocaj collaborates with legendary fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier on Ballet Preljocaj’s Snow White? Forget Disney’s fluff, Gautier tells Oliver Hall how he embraced the fairy tale’s dark and sensual side. “Angelin explained his vision of Snow White – that he wanted...
Kelly Geater talks to former Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer on going-solo, bisexuality and liberal privilege. Amanda Palmer has always been a divisive figure. Since breaking into mainstream consciousness as the frontwoman of cabaret punk band The Dresden Dolls, Palmer has continued to push boundaries, consequences to be damned....

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