Okareka Dance Company presents MANA WAHINE
Having already proven themselves as one of New Zealand’s most dynamic companies on a national level through their critically acclaimed tours of Tama Ma (2009), Nga Hau E Wha (2011) and K Rd Strip (2013), Okareka Dance Company is demonstrating their continual mould-breaking pieces on an international level as well. America, Australia and China have witnessed the power of their work and most recently The Netherlands as part of the Holland Dance Festival.
Once again Okareka Dance Company breaks new territory with their eagerly awaited new work Mana Wahine. Artistic directors Taiaroa Royal and Taane Mete lead a high calibre creative team to present a powerful new performance that personifies the strength of women.
The true story of Te Aokapurangi, a young maiden from Rotorua influences the storyline of this production. She was captured in battle by a tribe from the Far North and many years later she returned and single handily saved her people from slaughter. The story of Te Aokapurangi has been the pivotal inspiration behind this work. Her courage, determination and fearlessness fuels the choreographic style explored in this exciting new piece.
“… our appetites are whetted – we can’t wait to experience the performance in its completed form!” – Theatreview
(Mana Wahine preview, Hamilton Gardens).
MANA WAHINE plays
Rotorua 27-28 June – ( World premiere ) Civic Theatre
Auckland 2-5 July – Q Theatre
Dunedin. 11-12 July – Regent Theatre
Whangarei 15 July – Forum North
Kerikeri 19 July – Turner Centre
Kaitaia. 22 july – Te Ahu Centre
Mangere. 25-27 July Manger Town centre
Tauranga 29 July Baycourt
Hamilton 1&3 August – Playhouse
Waipawa Hawke’s Bay 8-9 August – CHB Municipal Theatre
Wellington 13-16 August – Te Whaea