Mana Wahine Fundraiser for South Auckland Women's Refuge

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Mana Wahine Fundraiser for South Auckland Women's Refuge
Okareka Dance Company has announced it will be donating all funds from ticket sales for the 7.30pm Friday July 25th performance of Mana Wahine to South Auckland Women's Refuge.

Mana Wahine is influenced by the true story of Te Aokapurangi, a young maiden from Rotorua who was captured in battle by a tribe from the Far North and many years later she returned and single handily saved her people from slaughter. The story of Te Aokapurangi has been the pivotal inspiration behind this work. Her courage, determination and fearlessness fuels the choreographic style explored in this exciting new piece.

Mana Wahine is co‐­choreographed by company artistic directors Taiaroa Royal and Taane Mete with guest choreographer Malia Johnston, and features an all‐female cast of five dynamic dancers. The performance features waiata, haka and dance, with Okareka Dance Company general manager Rachael Penman saying, “Our values align strongly with the wonderful work of the team at South Auckland Women’s Refuge, and we see a particularly strong link with this work which celebrates the strength, power and mana of women.”

Mana Wahine will be at Mangere Arts Centre from 25-27 July. Tickets for the fundraiser performance are available here. The rest of the tour dates are below.

PRESS RELEASE:

Mana Wahine – Special fundraising performance for South Auckland Women’s Refuge
Okareka Dance Company is giving back to the South Auckland community with a special fundraising performance for South Auckland Women’s Refuge.  

The company’s acclaimed new work Mana Wahine has four performances at Mangere Arts Centre from 25-­27 July and is donating all funds from ticket sales for the Friday 25 July performance to South Auckland Women’s Refuge.  

Okareka Dance Company general manager Rachael Penman says the company has strong links to the south Auckland community. “Our values align strongly with the wonderful work of the team at South Auckland Women’s Refuge, and we see a particularly strong link with this work which celebrates the strength, power and mana of women.”

Ms Penman said that every cent of ticket sales for the fundraising performance will be donated.

Mana Wahine has been touring throughout New Zealand with seasons in RotoruaAucklandDunedin and Northland. The work is co‐­choreographed by company artistic directors Taiaroa Royal and Taane Mete with guest choreographer Malia Johnston, and features an all‐female cast of five dynamic dancers -­ Bianca Hyslop, Maria Munkowits, Nancy Wijohn, Chrissy Kokiri and Jana Castillo – who were hand‐picked for this work. Featuring waiata, haka and dance, Mana Wahine has received audience and critical acclaim for its performances in Rotorua, Auckland and Dunedin.

“Okareka Dance Company has hit the jackpot with this exploration of the strength, the spirit, the wiles and the primal beauty of woman, specifically Māori Woman. Five extreme dancers, three choreographers at the top of their game, a totally in­‐tune composer, exquisite lighting and audio visual design and a wealth of cultural wisdom come together in one of the best contemporary dance performances we have seen in years”  -­ NZ Herald, Bernadette Rae

Mana Wahine is influenced by the true story of Te Aokapurangi, a young maiden from Rotorua who was captured in battle by a tribe from the Far North and many years later she returned and single handily saved her people from slaughter. The story of Te Aokapurangi has been the pivotal inspiration behind this work. Her courage, determination and fearlessness fuels the choreographic style explored in this exciting new piece.

The world premiere of Mana Wahine was held in Rotorua in June and is touring to 11 centres across New Zealand.

The Mangere season of Mana Wahine is at Mangere Arts Centre from 25-­27 July with a fundraising performance for South Auckland Women’s Refuge on Friday 25 July.