Multi-media coolness cometh

COOL AS: Headline act for the immersive winter arts showcase and multimedia experience Ice Block is top house DJ Dick Johnson (pictured) who will be joined by Auckland-based DJ Dizfunk, Gisborne MC Woody and artist Simon Lardelli. Picture supplied

The spirit of the multi-media raves of the 1980s is about to be invoked in a unique event that reinvents the concept and makes it its own. Staged not in a warehouse but the War Memorial Theatre foyer, the immersive experience Ice Block, features Auckland DJs Dick Johnson, and Dizfunk, and Gisborne beat-meister MC Woody. Throughout the evening, the Beleza Events production will include pop-up acts such as contemporary dance performer Liana Akroyd.

Central to the winter-themed multimedia art exhibition and dance party, though, is Simon Lardelli’s carved ice sculpture, an ephemeral work the artist will finish during the night as it refracts and reflects light effects provided by the theatre’s almost infinite palette of LED colours augmented by Creative Lighting’s design.

Throw in some dry ice, moving images created especially for the event by film producer Jasmin Dos Santos, and spectacular lighting, and Ice Block presents an unforgettable experience.

“This is something we’ve never done before,” says theatre marketing and relationships leader Mara Weiss.

“We thought’ let’s do something different that crosses a lot of borders’.”

As front man for drum and bass duo State of Mind, MC Woody has performed with major electronic artists and this year released his debut solo EP Don’t Cry For Me with five original songs. He has produced music videos for Maybe, and Don’t Cry For Me, while the track F.M.L received a co-sign from American hip-hop act Wu-Tang Clan.

Also known as CJ Houkamau, Dizfunk was 18 years old when he landed a residency at Gisborne’s Soho Bar then later moved to Auckland to study at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ). He now plays at top Auckland clubs that include 1885 and Cassette 9.

Lardelli has studied under contemporary artist Robert Jahnke and has tutored in design, sculpture and carving at Waiariki Institute of Technology. He is now a tertiary-level carving tutor at the Toihoukura School of Maori visual arts in Gisborne.

The evening’s headline act, Dick Johnson, is one of New Zealand’s top house DJs. Also known as Magik J, the Auckland-based DJ, has created remixes for kiwi artists such as Kimbra, The Adults, The Naked & Famous, Shapeshifter, P-Money and Midnight Youth. He has also produced for Tiki Taane and Boh Runga, created theme music for TV3, and live projects called Weird Together with Nick D and Clicks with Anna Coddington.

Funds raised by Ice Block will go to Gizzy School Lunches who supply a midday meal five days a week for kids who might not have a lunch to take to school. Volunteer-based GSL makes 220 lunches a day. Support from donations, sponsors and discounted products help minimise the cost to parents.

  • Ice Block, War Memorial Theatre foyer, July 7 at 7pm. $20 general, VIP $25 +bf. Stephen Jones Photography and ticketdirect.co.nz. Door sales available.

The spirit of the multi-media raves of the 1980s is about to be invoked in a unique event that reinvents the concept and makes it its own. Staged not in a warehouse but the War Memorial Theatre foyer, the immersive experience Ice Block, features Auckland DJs Dick Johnson, and Dizfunk, and Gisborne beat-meister MC Woody. Throughout the evening, the Beleza Events production will include pop-up acts such as contemporary dance performer Liana Akroyd.

Central to the winter-themed multimedia art exhibition and dance party, though, is Simon Lardelli’s carved ice sculpture, an ephemeral work the artist will finish during the night as it refracts and reflects light effects provided by the theatre’s almost infinite palette of LED colours augmented by Creative Lighting’s design.

Throw in some dry ice, moving images created especially for the event by film producer Jasmin Dos Santos, and spectacular lighting, and Ice Block presents an unforgettable experience.

“This is something we’ve never done before,” says theatre marketing and relationships leader Mara Weiss.

“We thought’ let’s do something different that crosses a lot of borders’.”

As front man for drum and bass duo State of Mind, MC Woody has performed with major electronic artists and this year released his debut solo EP Don’t Cry For Me with five original songs. He has produced music videos for Maybe, and Don’t Cry For Me, while the track F.M.L received a co-sign from American hip-hop act Wu-Tang Clan.

Also known as CJ Houkamau, Dizfunk was 18 years old when he landed a residency at Gisborne’s Soho Bar then later moved to Auckland to study at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ). He now plays at top Auckland clubs that include 1885 and Cassette 9.

Lardelli has studied under contemporary artist Robert Jahnke and has tutored in design, sculpture and carving at Waiariki Institute of Technology. He is now a tertiary-level carving tutor at the Toihoukura School of Maori visual arts in Gisborne.

The evening’s headline act, Dick Johnson, is one of New Zealand’s top house DJs. Also known as Magik J, the Auckland-based DJ, has created remixes for kiwi artists such as Kimbra, The Adults, The Naked & Famous, Shapeshifter, P-Money and Midnight Youth. He has also produced for Tiki Taane and Boh Runga, created theme music for TV3, and live projects called Weird Together with Nick D and Clicks with Anna Coddington.

Funds raised by Ice Block will go to Gizzy School Lunches who supply a midday meal five days a week for kids who might not have a lunch to take to school. Volunteer-based GSL makes 220 lunches a day. Support from donations, sponsors and discounted products help minimise the cost to parents.

  • Ice Block, War Memorial Theatre foyer, July 7 at 7pm. $20 general, VIP $25 +bf. Stephen Jones Photography and ticketdirect.co.nz. Door sales available.

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