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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 

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 for this event on Saturday 14 March at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa.

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

Credits + Whakamāramatanga ki te Reo

Conception and Choreography
Taiaroa Royal

Choreography
Missy Hubbard

Choreographer/Dancer
Andrew Hubbard

Cultural advisor
Tui Ranapiri-Ransfield

Producer
Tanya Muagututi'a

Sound design
Maree Sheehan

Lighting design/Production Manager
Vanda Karolczak

Costume Design
Linda Lepou Teina

Composer
Keri Pewhairangi Teina

Choreographer
Bianca Hyslop

Dancers
Ashley Klein (Exhale)
Jackie Engelkamp (Exhale)
Ali Rose Morgan (Exhale)
Sarah Rolfsen (Exhale)
Maddy Cundiff (Exhale)
Bianca Hyslop
Jesse Wikiriwhi
Kent Date
Cuba Haslam
Leighton Rangi
Cory-Toalei Roycroft
Erin Meek

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


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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

$53 – $59

Allocated Seating $59
Early Bird $53

Soundings Theatre

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Duration: 1hr 10mins

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