Gray's unwavering taut choreography is reflected in his dancers, both in their movements but also their stillness

— The New Zealand Herald on Tiki Taane Mahuta

Please note: the performances originally scheduled at 9pm on 23 and 24 February have been cancelled

From one of Aotearoa’s boundary-pushing kaupapa Māori theatre companies, Taki Rua Productions, comes a captivating new aerial dance theatre work.

Inspired by the pūrākau of the waka of Te Arawa, the FNZ Season of Hatupatu | Kurungaituku: a forbidden love takes the epic tale of Hatupatu and the bird woman Kurungaituku to new heights, with gravity defying choreography by award-winning artistic director and aerialist Tānemahuta Gray (Māui – One Man Against The Gods, Tiki Taane Mahuta).

Placing you within the forests and geo-thermal forces of Rotorua, the story unfolds above and around you. Inspired by his experience with world-leading aerial theatre company De La Guarda, Gray recreates the bird realm, led by the omnipresent Kurungaituku. Follow the journey of young warrior Hatupatu as he encounters Kurungaituku who ensnares him in her cave. An extraordinary story of love, betrayal and sacrifice develops as Hatupatu struggles to fulfil his destiny.

Combining breathtaking aerials, kapa haka developed in collaboration with Wētini Mītai-Ngātai (from the Te Matatini winning rōpū; Te Mātārae I Ōrehu), and an immersive multi-media set, you won’t want to miss this contemporary Māori theatre experience which will open the Festival’s new venue, the Tāwhiri Warehouse.

Age suitability: From 10 years.

Audience Care: Please note that the audience will be standing throughout this performance. There are limited seats available to purchase for those who require them.


He mea hanga tēnei whakaaturanga e ngā toa kaiwhakaari Māori nei, e Taki Rua Productions, he whakaaturanga iritaura hou.

He whakaaturanga e pā ana ki tētehi kōrero pūrākau nō te waka o Te Arawa, arā, ko te kōrero mō Hatupatu rāua ko Kurungaituku. E kawea ana tēnei pūrākau kōrero ki taumata anō, mā te whakamahi i ngā nekehanga e wero nei i te autō o te ao, otirā nā te tohunga tito kanikani nei, nā Tānemahuta Gray i ārahi, nāna te whakaaturanga o Māui (One Man Againts the Gods), ā, i whakawhiwhia ki tētehi tohu nui mō te kairangi o tēnā whakaaturanga.

Ko te āhua o te hanga, ko te ngahere, otirā ka kitea, ka rangona te wairua o Rotorua me tōna mana Ruaimoko. Ko ngā kōrero kei te tuanui e whakaari mai ana. Whāia te haerenga a te toa nei a Hatupatu, me tāna tūtakitanga ki a Kurungaituku, te wahine nāna i mauhere ki tētehi ana.

He whakaaturanga e hono ana i te ao iritaura, me te ao kapa haka, he mea hanga i roto i te mahi tahi ki te tohunga haka, mau rākau nei, a Wētini Mītai-Ngātai, te kaiārahi o te kapa haka o Te Mātārae i Ōrehu. Kei mahue tēnei whakaaturanga kairangi, ka tū ki Tāwhiri Warehouse.

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Currently celebrating its 40th year, Taki Rua Productions is one of the longest-running kaupapa Māori theatre companies in Aotearoa, producing and developing theatre works through a distinctively Māori lens and contributing to the narrative of theatre and te whare tapere. Past main bill productions include Tiki Taane Mahuta, Michael James Manaia and Strange Resting Places.

Artist Credits

Tānemahuta Gray - Artistic Director

Wētini Mītai-Ngātai - Maitangi Matauranga Māori, Kapahaka Choreographer, Composition & Matauranga Māori

Regan Taylor - Assistant Director

Sharn Te Pou - Assistant Director

CAST

Eds Eramiha - Hatupatu

Kasina Campbell - Kurungaituku

Manuel Solomon - Hānui/Hatupatu understudy

Sherrick Martin - Hāroa

Wāhia Te Pouri - Karika

Kia Jewell - Ensemble/Kurungaituku understudy

Cameron Holland - Ensemble

Cuba Haslem - Ensemble

Amanda Noblett - Ensemble/Kurungaituku understudy

CLIMBERS

Connor Leech - Head Climber

Mattias Olofsson - Climber

Georgia Hurley - Climber

Wairemana Williams - Climber

Ruby Spark - Climber

DESIGN

John Verryt - Set design

Jo Kilgour - Lighting design

Paddy Free - Sound design

Alistair Fraser - Taongo pūoro

Elizabeth Whiting & Amy Macaskill - Costume design and creation

Artifical Imagination - AV design

Tony De Goldi - Props

PRODUCTION

Sam Johnston - Technical Manager

Bridget Carpenter - Stage Manager

Dabs Thomas - Deputy Stage Manager

Mikayla Heasman - Assistant Stage Manager

Morgan Dean - Assistant Stage Manager

Cameron Nicholls - Technical Operator (LX)

Whare Moke - Technical Operator (SX/AV)

Rafferty Dobson - Show Mechanist

Riley Gibson - Systems Technician

Theresa Adams - Production Manager

Hannah Taylor - Production Assistant

H-J Kilkelly - Producer

OTHER

Kaboose Media - Videography

Stephen A'Court - Production photography

Siobhan Waterhouse - Publicity

SWING CREW

Rory Coxill-Bogacki - HOD Swing Mechanist

Nigel Percy - HOD Swing Lighting

Nicholas Balkum - HOD Swing Rig

Megan Adams - Intimacy Coordination


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$35.00 – $69.95

General Admission $69.95
Early Bird $59.95
Student $45.00
Student Early Bird $35.00
Group prices & a special student matinee

Tāwhiri Warehouse

Show duration 1 hr 15 mins. No interval

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