Tua o Te Arai - beyond the veil, after death
Shrouded in mystery, the passage of the dead in Maori ancestral stories is relayed as a series of arduous tests to complete on their way to the spiritual homeland of Hawaiki. The journey converges at Te Oneroa a Tohe (Ninety Mile Beach), a symbolic vista curving its way to Te Rerenga Wairua - Leaping place of spirits.
A spiritual hiatus, the performance takes place at Te Arai, a resting place for spirits, a site for talismans created by the dead, symbols of a life lived, lamentation artifacts, remembrance objects both real and abstract.
Spaces customary, remembered, largely forgotten and unknown.
Urupa - burial ground, cemetery, graveyard.
Atamira - elevated platform for the dead, corpse or coffin. Performance stage.
Tuahu - ceremonial platform, sacred place for ritual practices by a tohunga, consisting of an enclosure containing a mound (ahu) and marked by the erection of rods (toko) which were used for divination and other mystic rites.
Te Arai, resting place for the departed, journey to the afterlife.
Movement Culture Workshop
Movement Culture Workshop explores spatial activation, a varied movement approach with an emphasis on working with rakau (wooden staff) in a continuous movement field.
Movement situations include improvised and set material with a rakau (wooden staff), movement creation, individual and partnered improvisation, stretching, breathing and alignment. Two movement strategies from applied martial arts that detail attack/defense and agitation/annoyance; will be examined for developing agility, speed, coordination and kinaesthetic orientation.