Okareka Dance Co celebrate the strength of women in MANA WAHINE

by Insiders Dunedin

The power, strength and beauty of women is at the heart of Okareka Dance Company’s new work Mana Wahine.

Acclaimed as one of New Zealand’s most dynamic dance companies, Okareka Dance Company presents the world premiere season of Mana Wahine. This all-female contemporary dance performance explores the essence of strength, power, integrity and beauty within women – a commanding work that will uplift the spiritual power and status of ‘the woman’ within us all.

Okareka Dance Company have wowed audiences with the acclaimed Tama Ma (2009), Nga Hau e Wha (2011) and K Rd Strip (2013) and toured to America, Australia, China, and most recently to the Holland Dance Festival.
World of Wearable Art (WOW) artistic director Malia Johnston joins Okareka Dance Company’s artistic directors Taiaroa Royal and Taane Mete to choreograph this powerful new work personifying the strength of women.

Finding its heart in Maori legends and stories, Mana Wahine draws inspiration from the true story of Te Aokapurangi, a young maiden from Rotorua who was captured during battle and taken to live in the far North. Years later she returned to her home and single-handedly saved her people from slaughter.

The courage, determination and fearlessness showed by Te Aokapurangi fuels the choreographic style explored in this exciting new work melding dance, waiata, haka, chant and mesmerising imagery. Performers featuring in the work include Bianca Hyslop, Maria Munkowits, Nancy Wijohn, Chrissy Kokiri and Jana Castillo.

Mana Wahine is touring New Zealand as part of the 2014 Matariki Festivals.

“… our appetites are whetted – we can't wait to experience the performance in its completed form!” – Theatreview

DATES: Fri 11 Jul @ 7:30pm | Sat 12 Jul @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm
BOOKINGS: 0800 224 224 // www.ticketdirect.co.nz


Post submitted by Lydia Zanetti


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