Kia ora! The internationally acclaimed Maori contemporary dance company from Aotearoa – Okareka Dance Company – is bringing the amazing MANA WAHINE to Darwin.
Inspired by the true story of Te Aokapurangi, a young maiden from Mokoia Island who single-handedly saved her people from slaughter, Mana Wahine celebrates women’s power, authority and sisterhood in an all-female dance work.
Women’s power, authority, energies and essence, sisterhood and maternality, authority and anger, playfulness and presence of mind are celebrated in Okareka Dance Company’s aptly named Mana Wahine. Epic in scale, and largely abstract in nature, Mana Wahine is above all a rich fusion of choreography, music, tikanga Maori and performance practices, AV, lighting and performance design. These elements are enriched and enlivened by the dancing of five powerhouse performers.
“Mana Wahine is an absolutely gorgeous work to watch, and it’s one that lingers long afterwards” – The Lumière Reader