Louise Potiki Bryant - choreographer/performer
Ruhard Nunns - taonga puoro
Paddy Free - composer
Hans Vann Keewen - lighting design
at Allen Hall Theatre, Dunedin
From 21 Jun 2012 to 22 Jun 2012
Reviewed by: Jonathan W. Marshall;
The Puaka Matariki Festival 2012 is delighted to host the world premiere of TUMUTUMU, a solo contemporary dance performance by acclaimed Ngai Tahu choreographer Louise Potiki Bryant, made in collaboration with taonga puoro authority; Richard Nunns and composer Paddy Free, with lighting design by Hans Van Leewen. Richard Nunns will accompany Louise live in her performances.
The Tumutumu is a Taonga Puoro, a percussion instrument, which can be made from various types of stone including pounamu, but can also be made from other materials such as wood. The tumutumu is very much a southern instrument, used particularly in whare wananga (houses of learning) to accompany intoned learnings. Potiki-Bryant's Tumutumu takes inspiration from Louise's relationship with a particular tumutumu made from Pohutukawa wood found on the west coast, and integrates her unique performance style, dance vocabulary and innovative video projection, with an original soundscape by Paddy Free and Richard Nunns.
TUMUTUMU was made with the support of Creative New Zealand and The Ngai Tahu Fund. This premiere season of TUMUTUMU is supported by The Dunedin City Council, and the Puaka Matariki Festival 2012.