It seemed an unlikely combination when this show was first announced. Dust Palace and the APO? What sort of arranged marriage was this?  Had both companies’ marketing departments recently been on a misguided training course on audience diversification?

It initially seemed my fears were confirmed at curtain up. A warm but minimal exchange between conductor and performer left me screaming in my head “do something cool!”- this is such a unique opportunity!!

Where was the smash bang opening number with evocative and flamboyant exuberance?  I’d anticipated a witty and amusing interplay between Auckland’s renowned symphony orchestra and the ever exotic and erotic Dust Palace circus performers. My heart sank slightly, but was soon buoyed by the sublime music coming from the APO.  Excerpts of crowd-pleasers and lesser known works alike, flawlessly delivered – Tchaikovsky, Mendelsohn, Dvorak, Debussy, Ravel, Beethoven, Chopin and more – all under the expert baton of David Kay.

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THE MIDNIGHT PALACE is a story of two children whose parents are murdered, who are hunted down as infants and rescued miraculously by a British officer who just manages to spirit them away and into the protective arms of their loving grandmother, before suffering the same fate. To protect their identity, the woman chooses to separate them at birth and raises only the little girl (a familiar scenario, but it works here).

Ben and Sheere are the babies who grow up in secret, far away from each other. Sheere is raised on the run, living with her grandmother for long periods as a vagabond, always in hiding and running from every shadow. The boy, Ben, is left in an orphanage until he reaches adulthood, a decent home where he does enjoy close friendships and develops a fatherly relationship with the kindly headmaster. But Ben suffers from the knowledge of being an orphan and from the strange visions of events he certainly must have imagined, as he hadn't even been born when they originally occurred in Calcutta many years before.

These twins do not know of the other's existence until the day Sheere's grandmother begins seeing ominous signs once again. When it's clear that Jawahal (their pursuer) has returned, and especially given that it's around the same time her grandson is due to be released from state care, she is unnerved enough to visit the headmaster to warn him. Sheere is thus given the opportunity to finally meet her brother, even while the two are initially unaware of the other's identity.

It seemed an unlikely combination when this show was first announced. Dust Palace and the APO? What sort of arranged marriage was this?  Had both companies’ marketing departments recently been on a misguided training course on audience diversification?

It initially seemed my fears were confirmed at curtain up. A warm but minimal exchange between conductor and performer left me screaming in my head “do something cool!”- this is such a unique opportunity!!

Where was the smash bang opening number with evocative and flamboyant exuberance?  I’d anticipated a witty and amusing interplay between Auckland’s renowned symphony orchestra and the ever exotic and erotic Dust Palace circus performers. My heart sank slightly, but was soon buoyed by the sublime music coming from the APO.  Excerpts of crowd-pleasers and lesser known works alike, flawlessly delivered – Tchaikovsky, Mendelsohn, Dvorak, Debussy, Ravel, Beethoven, Chopin and more – all under the expert baton of David Kay.

Are some things not working on this page? You may need to enable JavaScript in your browser's settings or turn off your ad blocker to get the most out of this page.

It seemed an unlikely combination when this show was first announced. Dust Palace and the APO? What sort of arranged marriage was this?  Had both companies’ marketing departments recently been on a misguided training course on audience diversification?

It initially seemed my fears were confirmed at curtain up. A warm but minimal exchange between conductor and performer left me screaming in my head “do something cool!”- this is such a unique opportunity!!

Where was the smash bang opening number with evocative and flamboyant exuberance?  I’d anticipated a witty and amusing interplay between Auckland’s renowned symphony orchestra and the ever exotic and erotic Dust Palace circus performers. My heart sank slightly, but was soon buoyed by the sublime music coming from the APO.  Excerpts of crowd-pleasers and lesser known works alike, flawlessly delivered – Tchaikovsky, Mendelsohn, Dvorak, Debussy, Ravel, Beethoven, Chopin and more – all under the expert baton of David Kay.

Caravan Palace - Midnight (Official Music Video) - YouTube


The Midnight Palace (Niebla, 2) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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