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“A rich fusion of choreography, music, tikanga Māori and performance practices, AV, lighting and performance design”

— On Ōkāreka Dance Company’s Mana Wahine - Theatreview 

COVID-19 NOTICE: Did you attend the matinee Festival performance, touch tour or pre-show Artist Talk for Hōkioi me te Vwōhali on Saturday 14 March at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa?

If so, please do take the time to read this important advice: https://bit.ly/2J6cmUi


Enter a world of sacred eagles that blends the ancient with the modern.

From spirit eagles land explores parallels between the Hōkioi (Haast) Eagle and the Vwōhali (American Golden) Eagle, embodying the majesty and mana of those two sacred birds and their shared whakapapa.

Swooping and soaring, the dancers’ movement is enhanced by a cinematic surround-sound experience that cleverly transports you between Aotearoa, Duyuktv (Cherokee) land and the spiritual realm.

For Ōkāreka choreographer Taiaroa Royal (Te Arawa, Kai Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ūenukukōpako), this is the climax of his 11-year journey of cultural discovery that began with a chance meeting with Cincinnati-based choreographers Missy and Andrew Hubbard of Exhale Dance Tribe and the revelation that both Māori and the Duyuktv people share a special connection through reverence of the eagle. Be there for this, the world premiere season.

There is a free pre-show talk with Arihia Latham for this event on Saturday 14 March at 12:30 pm, prior to the matinee performance at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa.

Download the event programme here.

Commissioned by New Zealand Festival of the Arts. Supported by Creative New Zealand and Foundation North.

Whakamāramatanga ki te Reo + Credits

Uru mai ki te ao o ngā īkara tapu e kōmitimiti ana i te tawhito ki te hou.

Kei te torohē From spirit eagles land i ngā ōritetanga i waenga i te Hōkioi (Haast Eagle) me te Īkara Vwōhali (American Golden), e whakatinana i te korōria me te mana o ēnei manu tapu e rua, me tō rāua whakapapa ngātahi.

Ka kurutohitohi, ka rere, ka whakarākeitia te neke a ngā kaikanikani e tētahi wheako whakaari puoro-karapoti e kawe atamai ana i a koe i waenganui i Aotearoa me te whenua o Duyuktv (Cherokee), me te ao wairua.

Mō te kaitito nekehanga nō Ōkāreka a Taiaroa Royal (Te Arawa, Kai Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Uenukukopako), koinei te panekiretanga o tōna haerenga 11 ngā tau o te rapu ahurea, i tīmata i tana tūpono noa ki te tūtaki i ngā kaitito kanikani nō Cincinnati ko Missy rāua ko Andrew Hubbard nō Exhale Dance Tribe, me te māramatanga nō te Māori me te Duyuktv tahi tētahi hononga i runga i tō rātou kauanuanu i te īkara. Me tae mai ki tēnei, ko te wāhanga whakarewatanga ki te ao.

Nā Te Taurima o Aotearoa i tono me te tautoko o Toi Aotearoa me Te Kaitiaki Pūtea ō Tāmaki ō Tai Tokerau.

Ōkāreka Dance Company e mahi tahi ana ki Exhale Dance Tribe | Aotearoa / Marikena
Tūmomo: Kanikani

Creative team

Conception and Choreography
Taiaroa Royal (Choreographer/Singer: Nō Te Arawa, Uenukukōpako, Hauora, Te Roro-o-te-rangi, Tainui, Parehauraki, Uruao, Te Ārai-te-uru, Tākitimu)
Missy Hubbard (Co-choreographer: American)
Andrew Hubbard (Co-choreographer: American)
Bianca Hyslop (Assistant Choreographer (teina): Nō Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wāhiao, Ngati Whakauekaipapa

Mātanga Mātauranga Māori

Tūī Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield (Kuikui/Singer/Composer: Ngāti Ohomairangi, Ngāti Mākuratawhiti, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Tainui, Honoiti, Hohouterongo, Uruao, Mataatua, Uruao, Āraiteuru, Ko Wai Ka Tohu, Tākitimu, Maahunui, Manuka)

Sound Design
Maree Sheehan (Composer & Sound Design: Ngāti Maniapoto- Waikato, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Raukawa, Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whāoa)
Tūī Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield (Kuikui/Singer/Co-ComposerE moteatea: Ngāti Ohomairangi, Ngāti Mākuratawhiti, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Tainui, Honoiti, Hohouterongo, Uruao, Mataatua, Uruao, Āraiteuru, Ko Wai Ka Tohu, Tākitimu, Maahunui, Manuka)
Keri Pewhairangi (Co-composer / Opening Incantation (teina): Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu)
Kalani Pewhairangi-Charlie (Whakataki, He tangi waiata, Karanga, Chant in “Hokioi Topa” and “Eyes”Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu)

Chanters and Instrument, Percussion Players
Mike Grant Jnr (Chanting with instrument)
John Toineeta (Longhair Clan/Vocals/Instruments)
William Henry Crowe (Instruments)
Cecily Dvdaya Swimmer (Horse Clan/Vocals)
Matthew Tooni Digadoga (Wolf Clan/Instruments)
Jarrett Grey Wildcatt (Deer Clan/Vocals/Instruments)
Wiliyami Mani (William Maney) (Paint Clan/Instruments)
Michael H Crowe Anisahoni (Blue Clan/Vocals)
Mahina Kaui (Taonga puoro / Kai Tahu )
Ko te whānau o Robert Pouwhare Ngāi Tuhoe (Taonga Puoro)
Miguel Fuentes (Percussion / Puerto Rico)
Andrea Tutt (Researcher Northern Kentucky University / The Breathing Room Studio)

Sound Engineers / Mixing and Mastering
James Brookes and Alex Chalcoff of Department of Post
Auckland University of Technology – Te Ara Poutama

Lighting Design
Vanda Karolczak (Scenographer, Production Manager: Welsh, Polish, French, African)

Costume Design
Linda Lepou (Costume Designer)
Mesepa Edwards (Costume Assistant)
Osana Suniula (Production Assistant)

Producer – Production Support
Tanya Muagututi'a (Villages: Vailutai, Ulutogia)

Stage Manager
Sarah Briggs (Stage Manager: British)

Dancers of Ōkareka Dance Company – Hōkioi (Haast Eagle, tuakana – older sibling, extinct 1400s)
Jesse Wikiriwhi (Nō Te Arawa, Te Roro-o-te-rangi, Whakauekaipapa, Ūenukukōpako)
Kent Ryan Giebel-Date ( Nō Japan)
Cuba Haslam (Nō Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui)
Leighton Lee Rangi ( Nō Ngāi Tūhoe)
Cory-Toalei Pearl Roycroft (village: Moata, Samoa, nō Ngāti Kahungunu, Tūwharetoa)
Erin Meek (teina): Scottish, Irish, English)

Dancers of Exhale Dance Tribe – Vwōhali (Golden Eagle, teina – younger sibling)
Ashley Klein (Crow)
Jackie Engelkamp Jackie Engelkamp (Irish, English, German)
Ali Rose (Italian/French/American)
Sarah Rolfsen (American)
Maddy Cundiff (Duyuktv – Cherokee)

Creative Contributors and Acknowledgements

EASTERN BAND OF CHEROKEE INDIAN
Warriors of AniKituhwa
Chief Sonny Ledford, Full blood AniKituwah Cherokee (Anistisqwa Bird Clan/History)
Michael H Crowe Anisahoni (Blue Clan/Vocals/History)
Jarrett Grey Wildcatt (Deer Clan/Vocals/History)
Mystikai Spirit Aramachain (Deer Clan) Miss Cherokee 2017
Sarah Thompson (Long Hair Clan)
Tyra Maney (Deer Clan)
Christopher Streets Utsilugi (Wolf Clan/History)
Cecily Dvdaya Swimmer (Horse Clan/Vocals)

The Museum of Cherokee Indian
Dawn Arneach (Long Hair Clan/)
Robin Swayney (Duyuktv)
Dakota Brown (Wolf Clan)

Northern Kentucky University/The Breathing Room Studio
Andrea Tutt (Researcher / Duyuktv Contact

Cincinnati
Lisa West Smith, Joe & Sherry Zimmer, Rose Zimmer, Jim Alexander, Lucy Alexander, Scott Petranek, US BANK, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Cincinnati Times- David Lyman
Funders and supporters: Niles Kinerk $11,000, Chillo Family $3,000, Kim Wright $2000, Julie Lloyd $1500, Zimmer family $1000

Aotearoa
Taane Mete, Bruce Hopkins, Lesley Slade, Sharu Delilkan, Tim Booth, Peter Roche, Natasha Francois, Ambrose Hills-Simonsen, Violet Ryan, Helaina Keeley, John MacDermott, Pos Mavaega, David Shields, Wayne Chipperfield, Callum Sefo, Daniel Cooper, Mitai Village, Rotorua, Feathers & Co. (Waikato), Kalani Pewhairangi-Charlie, Karlos-Taiaroa Pewhairangi-Charlie, Haare Pewhairangi-Charlie, KC Pewhairangi-Charlie, Lyn Sturm, Be and Arapera Tangaere and whānau
Funders and Supporters: Empire Dance Studios – Claire Baxter-Cardy, NZ School of Dance, Wellington – Paula Steeds-Huston, Department of Post – James Brookes, Tuatara Collective – Jason Te Mete, Tāwera Ormsby, NZ Dance Company – Shona McCullagh, JP Bolton, Ripora and Callum Seto

Historical Acknowledgements

2008
ŌKAREKA DANCE COMPANY
(Taiaroa Royal & Taane Mete, Lisa West-Smith) introduction to EXHALE DANCE TRIBE (Missy Lay Zimmer & Andrew Hubbard)

2017
ŌKAREKA DANCE COMPANY
–Taiaroa Royal, Tūī Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield, Maree Sheehan
Cincinnati Zoo – Sam the Bald Eagle
EXHALE DANCE TRIBE – Missy-Lay Zimmer, Andrew Hubbard, Rose Zimmer, Taylor Hansen-Johnson, Sarah Rolfsen, Ali Rose, Maddy Cundiff
Planet Dance/Exhale Dance Tribe, Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, USA
Funders: Creative New Zealand, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

2018
ŌKAREKA DANCE COMPANY
– Taiaroa Royal, Tūī Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield, Maree Sheehan, Kipa Te Rangiataahua Royal (Music: Native Ōkareka Manu recordings), AUT Recording Studio; Dancers: Cory-toalei Pearl Roycroft, Jesse Wikiriwhi; EXHALE DANCE TRIBE – Missy-Lay Zimmer, Andrew Hubbard; Andrea Tutt (Researcher Northern Kentucky University/The Breathing Room Studio / Duyuktv Contact), The Museum of Cherokee Indian, North Carolina, USA

EASTERN BAND OF CHEROKEE INDIANS – Dawn Arneach, AniKituhwa Warriors / Dukyuktv People – William Maney, Sonny Ledford, Michael H Crowe, Jarrett Grey Wildcat, Tyra Maney, Miss Cherokee 2018, Cecily Dvdaya Swimmer; Live Interview in Cincinnati
Funder: Creative New Zealand

2019
ŌKAREKA DANCE COMPANY
– Taiaroa Royal, Tūī Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield, Bianca Hyslop, Maree Sheehan, Vanda Karolczak, Sharu Delilkan, (Sharu Loves Hats: Producer) EXHALE DANCE TRIBE – Missy-Lay Zimmer, Andrew Hubbard; Kenza Chatar (Freelance Photographer, Video Team): + Mehi Balamissa, AUT – Sound Recording Studios, Keri Pewhairangi; Dancers: Erin Meek, Kent Date, Cuba Haslam, Leighton Rangi, Gemma-Jayde Naidoo (South Indian), Cory-Toalei Pearl Roycroft, Ashley Klein, Jackie Engelkamp (Irish, English, German/Dancer), Empire Dance Claire Baxter-Cardy, Georgia May, Baxter-Cardy Home – Recreational (b’que/swim), Ngākau Peke (Manaakitangata), Body FX

Research Hikoi – # ONEPŪ Show by Atamira Dance co., University of Waikato (Gallagher Theatre); # Little Black Bitch by Jason Te Mete, Basement; # Mītai Māori Village, Rotorua; # Wingspan, Ngongotahā- Debbie, Heidi, Koshy; # Ōkareka Royal Farm; # July 10th 2019 – Tūī’s interview with Eddie Madril for Radio Talk Show Host @ KPFA Radio @ AUT, Auckland CBD

Funders/Supporters
Creative New Zealand, New Zealand Festival of the Arts, Foundation North, Empire Studios

“He toi whakairo, He mana tangata.”
“Where there is artistic excellence and beauty,
There is human dignity and integrity.”
– Piri Sciascia (Sunrise: 1946 / Sunset: 19/01/2020)


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Thursday 12  –  Saturday 14 March

Thursday 12 March 8pm
Friday 13 March 8pm
Saturday 14 March 1:30pm
Saturday 14 March 8pm

$59

Soundings Theatre

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Duration: 1hr 10mins

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