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Te Houhi - Tuhoe history by dance 2011

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Sunday, 25 September 2011


Q Theatre

Adult $35.00 Concession $25.00

Age Restrictions
All Ages

Presented by Atamira Dance Company in association with STAMP at THE EDGE

Te Houhi celebrates the tribal history of choreographer Maaka Pepene whose ancestors, the Tuhoe people provided refuge to Maori prophet and freedom fighter Te Kooti in the 1800s. They were consequently evicted from their land and prevented from taking their Wharenui with them.

“mesmeric, powerful and moving” - Francesca Horsley, NZ Listener on Atamira Dance Company’s Ngai Tahu 32

Atamira, New Zealand’s leading Maori Dance Company, presents a new work exploring the history of those affected by injustices common to Maori during colonisation that continue to this day. Te Houhi captures the spirit, unity and hope of a people who are at one with their land.

In 1908 the government agreed to return the Wharenui to its rightful owners and offer to transport it from Te Houhi to Waiohou. However, in an act symbolising the spirit and political defiance characteristic of Ngai Tuhoe, they choose to carry their sacred building several miles to a new settlement, reclaiming it with their faith, their land, and Te Kooti.

Atamira Dance Company and Maaka Pepene bring this poignant story to life, with: AV by Tuia award winner Louise Potiki Bryant Music score by Pitch Black musician Paddy Free Lighting design by Vanda Karolczak of the New Zealand Opera.

Ticketing information
Concession applies to Students, Seniors and Beneficiaries (Valid ID required)

THE EDGE is selling an allocation to this event which will go off sale at 5pm the day prior to the performance.

Proudly supported by Creative New Zealand, Auckland Council, Toi Maori Aotearoa, British Council, ASB Community Trust, DANZ, @URL and Real New Zealand Festival

STAMP at THE EDGE is delighted to present Te Houhi and Venus Is... as part of the opening month of Q.

For more information on Atamira Dance Company, please visit www.atamiradance.co.nz


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