In this breath-taking work steeped in Māori legend, 8 dancers roam a barren land traveling the world’s winds, its waters, its earth and fire and dare to defy the constraints of gravity.
The earth cracks and the air gets hot. Human figures are transformed into unearthly creatures as they travel the world’s winds, its water, its earth and fire as dancers dare to defy the constraints of earth’s gravity, to burrow into the earthly breast of Paatuanuku, and to bathe equally in her storms and tranquil depths. Steeped in Māori legend, Nga Hau E Wha marked the 2011 return to the stage of New Zealand dance royalty Taane Mete and Taiaroa Royal. These men are guided by Maori beliefs, Mana ( honour and integrity), Whanau (family) and Matataki (challenge). This is contemporary dance of bold and spiritual story telling that haunts you long after you’ve left the theatre.
“Utterly compelling. From the understated and mesmerising beginning to the emotional and powerful conclusion, Nga Hau E Wha definitely goes down as the best I’ve seen in ages. The lightning was evocative and imaginative, the music was intensely beautiful and the choreography stretched the boundaries of this experience well beyond the usual.” Hannah Molloy, Theatreview
“Occasionally there are dance performances so captivating, you forget to breathe.” Otago Daily Times