Archive Arts Back of House tour : Le Ministère de la Marine 26/02/2014 0 See the print that inspired the play! Go back of house with Rebecca Rice Curator Historical NZ Art and David Maskill Senior Lecturer in art history to talk about the artist Charles Meryon and in particular his work Le Ministère de la Marine which inspired the current play at Circa Pasefika by Stuart Hoar. Pasefika is a dazzlingly theatrical re-imagining of French artist Charles Meryon’s life in 1860’s Paris – an existence that is firmly interwoven with his experiences in New Zealand’s French colony of Akaroa. Haunted by his time spent in the South Pacific, Meryon’s startling visions compel him to depict whales and waka over the skies of Paris in his famous and remarkable etchings. Meanwhile Meryon must juggle his relationships with his friend, the decadent poet Baudelaire, and two very striking women, Jeanne Duval (subject of Manet’s famous painting) and Louise Niveau. Pasefika is a captivating tale of art, love and loss where Parisian sensibilities and Polynesian culture collide. Numbers are limited. Bookings essential. Cost: Koha To book your place, select one of the four optional times, and send us an email using the ‘Book now’ button on the event page… or phone the office on (04) 381-7051. Sorry – but the two remaining times on the 27th March are now fully booked.