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Matariki for Tamariki // The New Zealand Dance Company

12 Jul 2019 to 20 Jul 2019
12 – 20 July various time
A Matariki journey through stars, sea, mountains and moon for the whole whānau.
Event type: 
Dance, Show, Theatre
$10 - $35
Bruce Mason Centre // Māngere Arts Centre
The Promenade, Takapuna // Corner Bader Drive & Orly Ave, Māngere



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), proudly a part of Auckland’s Matariki Festival.

A celebration for the whole family, 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.

Sean’s majestic choreography paired with evocative costume and set design by Rona Ngahuia Osborne as well as spectacular sound design by Alistair Deverick will leave kids and “kidaults” alike filled with joy and gratitude for the whenua (land) we call home.


Bruce Mason Centre
In partnership with Auckland Live

Friday, 12th July 2019 at noon
Saturday, 13th July 2019 at 11am & 3pm

*Affiliated Youth Winter School from 8 – 12 July


Māngere Arts Centre

Friday, 19th July 2019 at noon
Saturday, 20th July 2019 at 3pm & 6.30pm

*Affiliated Youth Winter School from 15 – 19 July


Written by

The New Zealand Dance Company

10 Jun 2019

Interests New Zealand Dance Company