Looking at truths, unflinching - What a fool honesty is! - WORD Christchurch at Christchurch Arts Festival 2019
Pacific Underground's concert as part of Christchurch Arts Festival 2019 was celebration of family, music and being together.
Onepū is based on the Kāi Tahu story told by Teone Taare Tikao, and tells of six atua wahine / goddesses who control and release the winds around the world. It is a story told through the use of contemporary dance, with music, lighting, movement and sound
On a stark, white set, a kuia enters and begins tonight's performance with a karanga, calling us on to this shared marae of sorts. The white backdrops are arranged in a wide v shape with a small, central entranceway between two of them. As the performance progresses, a procession of fascinating visuals will play out…
Presented in association with The Christchurch Arts Festival, WORD Christchurch brings us 'What A Fool Honesty Is!', a discussion of the nature of truth and lies. Featuring dancer Rodney Bell, writer Fiona Farrell, journalist Donna Miles-Mojab, playwright Victor Rodger and poet and youth advocate Daisy Speaks, it promises to be an illuminating evening.
Onepū is on Friday 2 August 7pm at the James Hay Theatre in the Town Hall. It is presented by the Atamira dance company, and uses sound, movement, light and dance to tell the story of atua wahine / Māori female deities, as told in traditional Kāi Tahu stories. A combination of the traditional and the modern, this work from Louise Potiki Bryant (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe), Ariana Tikao (Kāi Tahu) and others is sure to be a magical experience.
Unfortunately, the land of opportunity turned into a nightmare for Rodney and he ended up homeless, living rough on the mean streets of San Francisco. Meremere is Rodney's story of survival. Meremere portrays Rodney's experience through spoken word, music, dance and multimedia design. Despite the grim nature of Rodney's experience, Meremere is, above all, a story of hope and wonderment - and a testament to the human spirit.
Opening Wild Dogs Under My Skirt at Haeata Community Campus was probably a first for the Christchurch Arts Festival, but it was at the request of the poet Tusiata Avia to have it here as this was the place she grew up. The audience was a mixture of the often stereotypical arts festival attendee (of which I fit nicely into) and a great turnout from the Pasifika community. There were family and friends — and a sense that this was an occasion.
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