— 2020 Auckland Fringe Festival Awards
‘Pick of the Fringe’, ‘Best Dance’ and Auckland Arts Festival’s ‘Best of the Fringe’
Firmly rooted in Te Ao Māori worldview, Taurite is a visually striking large-scale haka dance theatre on the art of balance and duality. Celebrated Māori performance company Hawaiki TŪ make their Pōneke debut with the award winning work Taurite.
With twenty kaihaka (performers), this powerful performance is a physical interpretation that fuses expressions of kapa haka, dance, 3D projections intertwined with ngā taonga tuku iho (treasures of traditional heritage steeped in ancestral roots).
Taurite acknowledges the evolution of our nation through Covid, the regeneration of customary practices and the current shift towards mana Māori motuhake (Māori autonomy and independence) and power balance within Aotearoa.
Taurite is a collaboration between artistic director Kura Te Ua and senior creatives from the film, theatre, dance and haka sectors including Rereata Makiha, Neil Ieremia, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Louise Potiki Bryant, Eds Eramiha, Paddy Free, Calvin Hudson and Jane Hakaraia.
This innovative and breathtaking performance is designed for the whole whānau.
Taurite was commissioned by Auckland Live for the 2020 Fringe Town programme.
Artist talk: Post-show, Friday 11 March, 8pm
Tihē Hawaiki TŪ
He whakaaturanga toi whakaari tēnei e whakaari ana i te moenga o ngā kawa tawhito, ki ngā momo mahi whakaari o āianei rangi. Ko te kapa haka tēnā, ko ngā mahi a Hine Rēhia tēnā, ko te ao toi whakaari Pākehā hoki tēnā, kua whakakotahihia mai, hei whakaaturanga whakamāuru i te tinana, i te hinengaro, i te wairua. Hei whakaari whakaoho ihirangaranga, kia tau ai te mauri, kia mauri tau, otirā, kia Taurite.
Koina te ingoa o tēnei whakaaturanga, ko Taurite, nā te ohu nei nā Hawaiki Tū i waihanga. Ko ngā kaiwhakaari, he taniwha hiku roa i ō rātou nā ao. Tirohia te tuhinga Pākehā, kei reira katoa ngā kaiwhakaari e rārangi mai ana. Mō te whānau katoa tēnei whakaaturanga, nō reira nau mai piki mai, haere mai rā.
Kura Te Ua
Lighting Designer/SX LX Op
AV Design and Operator
Louise Potiki Bryant
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