Rāmari Rangiwhiua Morrison was born in Te Whakarewarewatanga-o-te-ope-tauā-ā-Wāhiao, Rotorua. At the age of 88, she now has Alzheimers.
Whakarewarewa is situated on a double fault line and is home to Pōhutu; the Southern Hemisphere’s largest active geyser. It is a a place of tremendous power where the natural geothermal landscape is forever re-shaping itself.
Pōhutu draws parallels between Rāmari's shapeshifting mind and the restless landscape of Whakarewarewa; the whenua she was born from and will return to. The work manifests connection to memory, time, place and loss. It is made from the echoes of lived experiences, of multi-layered realities and of re-imaginings... It is a new full length multi-disciplinary dance work. The collaboration is a rich synthesis of image, object, movement, and sound where the past, present and future abruptly intersect. This short season of Pōhutu is part of the Kia Mau Festival and will be a world premiere not to be missed!
Performers and Choreographic Collaborators Bianca Hyslop and Rosie Tapsell. Performance Design by Rowan Pierce. Mātanga Mātauranga Māori by Tūī Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield.
Bianca has worked as a freelance dancer/choreographer and teacher specifically within the Maori Contemporary Dance Sector for over 10 years and is involved in highly influential dance projects including indigenous development, cultural research and cross cultural laboratories for interdisciplinary art makers. She has graced the national and international stage with the likes of Atamira Dance Company, Okareka Dance Company, Tawata Productions, Movement of the Human and many others. Her choreographic work includes works for The New Zealand Dance Company, Atamira Dance Company and for Unitec's graduation season. In 2018, she was also the co-choreographer for I Moving Lab's 'I Land 2018' , a short work program that was presented at Gibney Dance in New York City.
Rowan is a Performance Designer who produces and exhibits work, collaboratively and individually, across a range of mediums. His work primarily involves the orchestration of the live body with video image, light and sound in a live, spatial context. The work often provokes a sense of the unknown and the un-seen, dissolving real people, places and objects with the super real. Uniting intangible media with the concrete. Rowan's recent awards include 'Excellence in AV Design' at the Wellington Theatre Awards 2018, and 'Best Production Design' at the Auckland Fringe Awards for Movement Of The Human. Recent projects include Movement of the Human ’19 Auckland Season, Atamira Dance Company's Pango (Taiwan/China '16, NZ Tour '18) , RUSHES (NZ Festival '18), MEREMERE (North Island Tour ’18) and Okareka's Mana Wahine (Netherlands, Hawaii, Tahiti and Australia).
KIA MAU FESTIVAL
Ka mihi ki ngā uri o te rohe nei, ratou e noho ana ki runga i te whenua o Te Ūpoko o te ika a Maui! E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangarangatanga maha o ngā hau e whā! Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa!
Kia Mau Festival stands upon whenua known as Te Ūpoko o te ika a Maui – the head of the fish of Maui. The region of Wellington is known for the strength of Tāwhirimatea, the God of the Winds, this is the home of Kia Mau Festival.
From 1-15 June 2019, theatre and dance will be performed by Māori, Pasifika and Indigenous artists and their companies from across Te Moana-nui-a-kiwa and around the globe. Artists, whānau, friends, communities and audiences are invited to join us in sharing contemporary performance and knowledge from an Indigenous worldview. Established and helmed by senior artist Hone Kouka, Kia Mau Festival places artists at the centre of the festival's vision. Our artists lead the korero and inspire new futures for our whānau and our communities throughout the country and te ao marama. 2019 marks the fifth year of Kia Mau Festival.