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The Thrum of the Tide


Tue 11 May 2021, 10:00am–4:30pm
Wed 12 May 2021, 10:00am–4:30pm
Thu 13 May 2021, 10:00am–4:30pm
Fri 14 May 2021, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sat 15 May 2021, 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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The Thrum of the Tide delves into the 20th-century story of Te Ana Ru cave, known as ‘the ballroom cave’.

It has been said that early settlers held Saturday night dances in Te Ana Ru cave – known as ‘the ballroom cave’ – until the 1920s, on a re-purposed, winchable kauri floor installed by local timber mill workers. The dances are well-known folklore in Huia and Whatipu and it is thought the floor is still in the cave, buried deep under the sand.

Presented in Te Uru will be a re-creation of the floor accompanied by a soundscape of subterranean seismic vibrations and taonga puoro captured in Te Ana Ru during the Auckland Regional Parks Artist Residency 2019.

On 10 April, contemporary dance stalwarts Michael Parmenter and Claire O’Neil will perform four of the most popular partner dances of the 19th century on the dancefloor itself, while storytellers bring the West Coast’s rich history to life.

Sat 20 Feb – Sun 23 May - Exhibition
Te Uru

Sat 10 April, 4.30 pm - Performance
Te Uru

1hr no interval

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