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I Moving Lab


Wed 1 Mar 2017, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Te Papaiouru Marae, Mataiawhea Street, Ohinemutu, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: jgrayjnr

I Moving Lab’s showcase of Indigenous choreography explores themes of connective membranes in a series of moving vignettes created as far apart as Chicago, New York, Guåhan (Guam), Hawai’i and Sydney.

Dance performance artists and cultural activators, Dåkot-ta Alcantara-Camacho, Jack Gray, Bianca Hyslop have travelled from Auckland for a collaboration with local Rotorua dancer Matiu Hamuera.

“‘I’ stands for ‘Indigenous’, Inter-cultural, Interdisciplinary and International” says I Moving Lab co-founder Gray, who directed last years Indigenous Dance Forum in New York City before subsequent visits to Hawaii, Australia and locally to Whaingaroa (Raglan) and Piha.

“We are in a process of re-strategising ways to work together, to work in the land and to work with other Indigenous creatives who might be starved for opportunities to see or try new things. Naturally, the audiences are small communities who might usually miss out on exposure to high-level dance companies” relates Gray.

The quartet assemble at the Maori living village of Ohinemutu to engage in a creative lab and one-off public performance specially designed for this specific site.

Hyslop, who is Ngati Whakaue herself, is excited for this performance based on “layering new/foreign old/felt landscapes on bodies, exploring the ‘simple’ idea of intersections of bodies and the environments we inhabit.”

Gray, of Te Rarawa, Ngapuhi, Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Porou lineage, spent the past year researching tribal links to his marae at the Field Museum in Chicago. While in residence at Illinois State University, Gray and Alcantara-Camacho made a short work-in-progress, Ruatepupuke, shown in Chicago, New York, Pennsylvania and Hawai’i that will be reconfigured for this performance.

Representing the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam) Alcantara-Camacho, an Indigenous Matao artist, contributes “skillfully interwoven dance, video and indigenous hip hop music that expresses “spiritual oneness with the natural world”.

The performance event starts at Te Papaiouru Marae at 5:45pm. The walking tour is outdoors and participatory encouraging the audience through guided walks, call and response singing and ceremonial activations.

An Indigenous Market will also be showcased at the event, with handpicked local and international artisan goods that align with I Moving Lab’s philosophies.

Entry is by koha (suggested donation $10).
To connect to Jack, the producer: email or call +64 21338477

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