‘Dream team’ creates a special show
Whanau, fathers and film combine in a dance show about two men making the transition from boyhood to manhood.
Tama Ma, part of the tempo dance festival, is the creation of dancers Taiaroa Royal and Taane Mete.
The show is the first production from their own dance company, Okareka, formed a year ago.
“I think in the dance community, this is a long-awaited dance piece.
“The calibre of the people we have on board is kind of a dream team,” says Taane.
The pair collaborated with well-known dancers and choreographers Douglas Wright and Michael Parmenter for part of the show.
Tama Ma has five acts, starting out with a film and moving on to dance segments.
Taiaroa and Taane performed together in different pieces for other companies over the past 20 years before forming Okareka.
Tama Ma is about their lives, careers and families, expressed through a range of dance styles.
“When we got together to discuss putting on a show, we found we had very similar stories, similar upbringings and childhoods,” says Pt Chevalier resident Taiaroa.
Part of the performance is about honouring their fathers, who have both passed away, the presence they had in the dancers’ lives and what kind of role models they were as men.
“We’re both close to our mothers so we thought it was about time we paid homage to our dads,” says Taiaroa.
Their families are looking forward to seeing the performance, Taane says.
“It includes them, not literally but as part of our lives and has helped shape the piece. We’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from our upbringings in the whanau environment.”
Tama Ma features contemporary dance, ballet, singing and drag.
The show runs from October 9 to 14 at 7.30pm in the Auckland Town Hall concert chamber.
Tickets are available online at www.the-edge.co.nz or call 307-5060.
Final touches: Dancers Taane Mete, left, and Taiaroa Royal rehearse the last act of their show, Tama Ma.