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Auckland Town Hall
|Tribute to Carmen Rupe with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra|
|The subject of Songs and Dances of Desire, this new performance piece with music by Auckland Philharmonia composer-in-residence Jack Body, is Carmen Rupe, drag queen extraordinaire, champion of gay rights and one-time mayoral candidate, who died in 2011. She evidently saw herself in the operatic figure of Carmen, and Body’s work is sprinkled with appropriations from Bizet’s opera. This is combined with settings of “unfeminine” texts by women poets translated into Spanish and Maori.|
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