REVIEW: KAHA SHORT WORKS FOR MATARIKI
KAHA: Short Works
Choreographers: Moss Patterson, Jack Gray, Taane Mete, Kelly Nash, Louise Potiki-Bryant & Dolina Wehipeihana
at Q Theatre, Rangatira, Auckland
From 21 Jun 2012 to 23 Jun 2012
Reviewed by Raewyn Whyte, 26 Jun 2012
originally published in NZ Herald
A rich sampling mix of eight short works collectively titled KAHA earned a standing ovation for Atamira Dance Company on opening night at Q, marking the first day of Matariki 2012 in fine style, and also celebrating the company's 11th year. The programme offers an array of works, from the purely cultural to the seriously contemporary, and in between a mix of excerpts from repertoire and new commissions.
Three works by artistic director Moss Paterson are derived from Maori cultural traditions, but each has its own innovative twist. The openingHaka for six dancers is based on the Tuwharetoa haka Wairangi, performed very close to the ground - at times conjuring up piles of huge boulders or rolling clouds of steam.
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