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Your high five for Tuesday 31 July

Film, dance, theatre, wellbeing and engineering options on offer today.

The New Zealand International Film Festival continues with 34 screenings today, three of which are sold out. Today’s programme begins at 10:30am with The Heart Dances – the journey of The Piano: the ballet, including a Q&A session afterwards with New Zealand director and producer Rebecca Tansley. Her documentary follows Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček and his twin brother and designer Otto from Prague to Aotearoa as they take up an invitation from the Royal New Zealand Ballet to expand their 2015 adaptation of Jane Campion’s film for New Zealand Festival performances. The European dance stars arrive unaware that the work they have been invited to stage poses significant problems for Moss Patterson, the Māori cultural adviser contracted by the RNZB. Full details of this and the day’s films at:

Abigail Boyle and Alexandre de Oliviera Ferreira on the studio floor in The Heart Dances. Photo by Ken Downie

Today at the Wellbeing Manifesto Handover Hui, a submission prepared by Mary O’Hagan for PeerZone and ActionStation to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction will be handed over to the Inquiry panel. It calls for open access to a full menu of resources and services to sustain and restore wellbeing. Show your support for fundamental change to the way we respond to people with mental distress and addiction from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at 1 O’Reilly Avenue (off Boulcott Street). There is a limit of 100 people, so please register here.

The University of Canterbury’s College of Engineering invites future students and their families and whanau to attend a Wellington information evening at the Wharewaka Function Centre, 2 Taranaki St, Taranaki Wharf. From 6:00pm to 8:00pm you can find out everything you need to know about studying at UC’s College of Engineering, its new state-of-the-art buildings and labs, scholarships and student support. Please register here, as spaces are limited.

After a couple of weeks of theatre maintenance, BATS reopens for business tonight with two new productions.

Seed, by Elisabeth Easther, won the 2014 Adam New Zealand play of the year award, and returns in a new production directed by Kerryn Palmer, asking “How far would you go to get a life?”  Seed is a contemporary comedy that follows the dilemmas of modern reproduction as four women as try to get pregnant, stay pregnant or become un-pregnant.

My Sight – Their Sight challenges three artists to perform with and without their vision. The award-winning Australian company Blindful uses dance and circus to explore trust and power shifts as they navigate a changing space. “This trio blew past normal acrobatics, in an impressive show of dance, strength and acrobatics… With one catch – there were blindfolds.” – Amy Kapernick,

Both shows open tonight and play at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, until Saturday 4 August: My Sight – Their Sight from 6:30pm to 7:30pm; Seed (which is R18) from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Tickets are $20:00 full price, $15:00 concession and $14:00 per person for a group of six or larger. Book at (04) 802 4175.