TE RAU O TE RANGI
Writer: Teina Moetara
Director: Ngapaki Moetara
Taki Rua Productionís 2012 Te Reo Māori Season
at kura, Marae, colleges, Wananga, kohanga or local communities, New Zealand wide
From 23 Jul 2012 to 9 Sep 2012
TKKM o Porirua, Porirua
27 Aug 2012
Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Marae, Cable Street, Wellington
From 11 Mar 2013 to 16 Mar 2013
Reviewed by: Moana Ete;
The context of Te Reo Māori by its metaphorical nature insists that the role of relationship and tikanga take precedence over how encounters happen. How can Te Reo Māori guide how we exchange with community? How can we use Te Reo Māori to inform how we make theatre? How can we use Te Reo Māori to find a stronger purpose behind our creative process?
Taki Rua honors these questions by:
- building upon its 16-year history of touring work to tamariki throughout New Zealand;
- acknowledging existing and new relationships across New Zealand's diverse communities;
- providing opportunities for these audiences to access the theatrical arts where they might not usually be able to do so;
- striving to maintain quality exposure and awareness of Te Reo Māori and tikanga, and
- promoting Te Reo Māori both as a spoken language and a framework for creating our works.
These are the drivers behind Taki Rua Production's 2012 Te Reo Māori Season - Te Rau O Te Rangi.
This year's work is an original piece, created through a developing methodology and based on processes of tikanga, a deepening relationship to Pakiwaitara (Māori forms of storytelling), Atuatanga (relationship to natural elements) and Inoi (recognising the elements as part of our inner and external selves).
The narrative of the show follows Kahe's intimate journey and sacrifice in order to save her people. Heeding the warning from a prophetic dream signalling an invading force from the south planning to attack her Kapiti Island homeland (rich of native wildlife), she prepares for her only choice: to take her baby and swim across one of New Zealand's swiftest channels towards the safety of the mainland.
To tell a story is one thing, to perform it, is another. The performance heads into the realm of metaphor and the performers must commit to an investigation of their own sense of self in order to share an experience with an audience rather than simply delivering facts.
National tour dates 23rd July – 9th September
To book this performance for your kura, Marae, college, Wananga, kohanga or local community please email firstname.lastname@example.org :
23rd – 27th July
30th July – 3rd August
6th – 10th August
Bay of Plenty
13th – 17th August
20th – 22nd August
23 - 24 August
25 - 26 August
27th – 31st August
Canterbury / Southland
3rd – 8th September
Please contact Aneta Ruth, Tour Co-ordinator, at email@example.com if you are interested in seeing this work.
Capital E NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
Education Dates:Mon 11 - Fri 15 March
Public Show:10.15am Sat 16 March (FREE! made possible by the generosity of Te Papa).
Venue: Te Papa Te Marae
Age: 7 - 14 years
Duration: 45 minutes
Performers: Amanda Noblett, Raiha Moetara, Puriri Koria
Set & Costume Designer: Alice Hill
Sound Designer: Maaka McGregor