Hawaiki TŪ - Haka Theatre reignites their Matariki production - 'Te Manawa' for another season. Only this time with a freshly developed story combined with exciting and new production elements.
Te Manawa tells the story of two tribes bound together by a negotiated truce. The central love story celebrates the aroha (love) of two people; Koru and Te Mauri and the ensuing conflict that it causes between their respective tribes particularly with Tawera the son of paramount chief whose intentions are otherwise.
The production is set during the season of Matariki (Māori New Year) and several symbolic themes are woven into the story – navigation, cultivation, celebration and the life cycle.
The story is told through the medium of Haka Theatre which combines elements of Kapa Haka: song, rakau, poi, haka and waiata. As well as dance, the conventions of theatre and humour come into play to produce a unique and authentic Māori performance.
The language is bilingual but the non-stop action ensures that it is easy for non-Māori to understand. Through the telling of this story, Hawaiki TU aims to inspire people to be proud of who they are and where they come from. Te Manawa honours the significance of Matariki and the many ways in which it is celebrated in Aotearoa.
Proudly supported by: Auckland Theatre Company and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED)
Hawaiki TU Website: hawaikitu.com/
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