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DANCERS CONVEY POWER AND PASSION

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Mana Wahine
Artistic Directors/Choreographers: Taiaroa Royal, Taane Mete
Guest Choreographer: Malia Johnston
Te Ariki Tapairu/Kuikui O Ōkareka Dance Company: Tui Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield

at Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown, Wellington
From 13 Aug 2014 to 16 Aug 2014
[65 mins]

Reviewed by Ann Hunt, 15 Aug 2014
originally published in The Dominion Post

Okareka Dance Company is a taonga. Its works are treasures to be savoured, thought about and remembered long after the production is over.

Mana Wahine resembles a collage made from the fabric of women's lives. It celebrates their strength, their stamina, their playfulness, their maternal instinct and their physical and spiritual beauty.

But what begins as a collage ends as a fiery, gorgeous tapestry, one that could adorn any theatre anywhere in the world.

The spirit of the production is immensely positive and celebratory.

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