Exeunt Magazine/ on 'these delicate things'
In this moving but somewhat chilling piece, Armstrong recognises and acknowledges within his symbolism that the drive to create can also be the same, very human impulse that impels someone to destroy
The Stage/ on 'Red Shoes'
the visual and design flair of Red Shoes, along with the energetic live music, is attention-grabbing... Armstrong's set design has a Brechtian finesse, and the plot becomes a foundation for musical numbers that meditate on the themes.
The Herald/ on 'Little Match Girl Pasion'
Armstrong’s real skill is in ratcheting up tension between movement and extreme stillness
The List/ on 'Little Match Girl Passion'
an example of how contemporary classical music can be accessible, experimental and emotionally powerful: the strict and precise choreography of the performers – and the use of evocative costume – lends David Lang’s score a bitter-sweet poignancy
The Skinny/ on 'Lunchnox'
Meanwhile, Josh Armstrong's Lunchbox is possibly the most pleasantly surprising piece in Sonica's programme this year.
Fantasy & Madness
18 & 19 October 2016
Dramatised selections from
Purcell – The Comical History of Don Quixote
Matthew Locke/Purcell – The Tempest
Purcell – The Fairy Queen
Performed by John Butt and Dunedin Consort
Directed by Josh Armstrong with Lighting design by Dave Evans
Co-produced by Dunedin Consort and Cryptic