‘Dream team’ cre­ates a spe­cial show

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Fi­nal touches: Dancers Taane Mete, left, and Ta­iaroa Royal re­hearse the last act of their show, Tama Ma.

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