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Body Festival: Nga Hau E Wha


Fri 12 Oct 2012, 8:30pm–9:35pm
Sat 13 Oct 2012, 8:30pm–9:35pm

Where: Middleton Grange Performing Arts Centre, 50 Acacia Avenue, Middleton, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $28.00
  • Concessions: unwaged/student: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: TheBodyFest

Eight dancers roam a barren land, the earth cracked and the air hot. Human figures are transformed into unearthly creatures as they travel the world’s winds, its water, its earth and fire as dancers dare to defy the constraints of earth’s gravity, to burrow into the earthly breast of Papatuanuku, and to bathe equally in her storms and tranquil depths.

Accompanying the choreography of Okareka Dance Company’s Artistic Directors Taane Mete and Tai Royal is that of Ross McCormack, a 2001 graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance who has also performed with The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Douglas Wright and recently with Belgium’s ‘Les Ballets C dela B’.

This spectacular production sees the work of Eden Mulholland create a stunning sound-scape that also features taonga puoro musician Alistair Fraser and a waiata from composer Tweedie Waititi. This is contemporary dance that haunts you long after you’ve left the theatre, once again telling bold, spiritual stories that are of and from New Zealand.

“We do not often see choreography that is so deeply drawn from a core of Maori culture and personal experience... This is profoundly important theatre” - Jennifer Shennan, Dominion Post

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