Touring Northland, July 2014 under the Matariki Stars
MANA WAHINE is an all-female work that 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.
Using Maori legends and stories, this work will draw inspiration from a tale originating from the Te Arawa people of Rotorua; the story of a young girl kidnapped from her people to live in the north and how she, single-handedly and through cunning inference, managed to save her people from slaughter. Her name was Te Aokapurangi and to this day she remains a well-known prestigious figure for the Te Arawa people.
MANA WAHINE will be a 70 min. dance performance that intertwines waiata, song, chant, haka and dance. It will include 5 female dancers plus 1 kuia or female elder on stage. The choreographers are Taane Mete and Taiaroa Royal with guest choreographer, Malia Johnston. Taane and Tai have selected a creative team who not only believe in this work but who also share the vision of Okareka.
"Taking our dance form/knowledge to the world"
Each dancer has been carefully selected for their physical attributes as well as their willingness to overcome the challenges that this work with explore during rehearsals. It is our focus to present a dance work that is high quality and of international standard.