In Motion Matariki
21/07/2018 - 21/07/2018
InMotion Matariki -Touch Compass’ flagship event is back!
Celebrate Matariki with NZ’s leading inclusive performance co. Touch Compass.
A magical, illuminated evening parade to celebrate Matariki. Bring your wheels: Bikes, scooters, wheelchairs, skateboards, unicycles, power chairs, and more – or come on foot! This is a fun, free, fully accessible event for everyone. A spectacular opening performance from Touch Compass and award winningHaka Fusion group Toka Tu, sensory installations, community and professional performances along the route and the finale of finales with Principal Dancer Rodney Bell. This is a family friendly event with something for everyone and it’s not to be missed!
Illuminated Parade – 21st July 5.30pm (Parade begins at 6pm) Silo Park to The Cloud
This is a free event for everyone of all ages and abilities. After all; inclusion is what Touch Compass is all about!
– Dust off your wheels – whether it be a bike, scooter, skateboard, wheelchair or stroller
– Have some fun pimping your wheels with fairy lights, bike lights, torches and tinsel
– Head down to Silo Park with your wheels for 5.30pm to join the fun!
As the route winds along the waterfront, music and performances will light the way and fantastic illuminated bike floats will be riding with you. The ride culminates in The Cloud with a short, spectacular performance.
For more information on Touch Compass about what we do please visit our website.
Street theatre , Promenade , Outdoor , Multi-discipline , Kapa Haka theatre , Integrated dance/mixed ability dance , Family , Dance , Contemporary dance ,
An exhilarating celebration of Matariki In Motion
Review by Hannah Stannard 23rd Jul 2018
For the second year, Auckland Council holds this event to publicly celebrate the majestic and mysterious appearance of seven stars, with ‘InMotion’ Matariki.
Anything new takes time to build momentum and strength, but with the backing of the well-established Touch Compas, such a worthy occasion brings together many sectors of this diverse city.
After sunset at Silo Park, the light did not completely vanish, but the Matariki stars overhead were joined by the appearance of excited children and adults alike dressed in their lights, on their bikes ~ as well as cautious, curious first timers who gathered into Silo park where a free flowing maze of activities, food stalls and conversations were already happening.
The free family event kicked off with a light display on the Auckland Harbour bridge to the atmospheric soundscape of native birdcalls, and Maori cries echoing back.
The event was introduced verbally as well as in sign language. Toka tu ~ Kapa haka fusion group gave a dynamic opening performance. Two strong male performers lead the group in a range of traditional kapa haka, popping, and a few jazz moves when appropriate. They confidently handled traditional weapons, instruments. The final highlight was an upbeat poi performance where the dancers gave a display of their poi in motion, whether from their wheelchairs or feet.
Next the ‘magical meander’ from Silo Park to the cloud building began. Four impressive, illuminated bikes brought up from Wellington were introduced as the escorts for this parade, and the participants encouraged to take their time to enjoy the sights along the way. The public, either on foot, bike, wheelchair, or even scooter decorated as a plane became part of the Matariki journey and were able to view an eclectic display of performances: from illuminated dancers, fire poi performers, and dancers topped with fish heads made by Weta Workshop. A captivating highlight was by singer Natalie Tamar, who was not hindered by her disability, but even without sight, sang powerful, moving melodies and humorous lyrics.
A final traditional Maori performance was the herald to lead the parade towards the Cloud building. By this time however it was a shame much of the crowd seemed to have dissipated into the big city. The essence and themes of Matariki, community, and the brave displays of talent remained however. It will be great to see this InMotion festival create even more momentum in years to come.
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