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Matariki for Tamariki Ngā Tamariki o Ngā Mata Ariki

When: Tuesday, 23 July 2019 to Friday, 26 July 2019
Where:At your school, marae, community hall or centre!
Event Contact:More Information:
Please email your expression of interest to yep@nzdc.org.nz. More information on Matariki for Tamariki can be found at www.nzdc.org.nz/matariki-for-tamariki

​The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) presents the premiere season of Matariki for Tamariki by accomplished New Zealand dancer and choreographer Sean MacDonald (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tahu).

A celebration for the whole whānau, Sean brings to life a world where a band of players, a group of friends, and a whānau travel throughout Aotearoa and its landscape of lush ngahere (forests), mighty maunga (mountains), and majestic moana (oceans), encountering the flora and fauna through seasonal changes. The journey begins and ends through the dawning and setting of the Matariki whetū (star) constellation. Along the way, the performers inhabit the wairua (spirit) of each of the nine whetū of Matariki and through their adventures use the power and meaning of karakia (prayer), ritual, waita (song) and whakapapa (lineage) to plant the seeds of new beginnings for hope of the future ahead.

Integrated into this programme, are educational resources and learning activities for students. NZDC would like to bring this immersive programme to Northland schools by delivering Matariki for Tamariki performances and/or workshops.