Mana Wahine (Powerful Woman) bursts upon the stage in a multi-media collage of powerful imagery and dance in this work from Ōkāreka Dance Company. Inspired by the historic true story of a young Maori heroine and informed by women’s stories from the dancers’ families, the work incorporates bold projections, chant, original music, traditional implements, and costuming that draws from Maori (the indigenous people of New Zealand) cultural traditions and history.
The courage, determination and fearlessness of the heroine fuels the choreographic style explored in this vibrant piece, and the stories of the dancers’ matrilineal ancestors help create a thoroughly contemporary work, infused with traditional and historical motifs, that celebrates female endurance and strength.
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