Dance, martial arts, the APO and a children’s choir meet in this bold new work from the team that brought you Ruaumoko.
In a nutshell:
KAPA HAKA, TAI CHI, CHOIRS AND APO CONVERGE •
FROM TONGARIRO TO THE YELLOW RIVER
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER MOSS PATTERSON
ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHERS SU KA AND YU FEN WANG
Te Uru Rangi,a young man descended from the people of Aotearoa's Tongariro River in the central North Island, leaves his sacred homeland to work on a major river-damming project on the Yellow River in northern China. He becomes obsessed with taming the Yellow River, forgetting to honour the ancient river spirit. As time passes his physical form begins to pass between realms and his wairua is caught wandering in a mystical torrent and the kaitiaki / spirit guardian of the Tongariro River must bring him home, but the river spirits battle for power and control. Will the spirit of Te Uru Rangi find its way home to Aotearoa?
Told through contemporary dance and music – the rhythm of kapa haka, the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and an 80-strong choir of young artists from schools and communities across Auckland – AWA is another amazing collaboration from the team that brought you Ruaumoko in 2016.
Bookings via Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra HERE
Photograph: Charles Howells
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