Armistice Day celebrated with dance
Songs and cheers, miscellaneous pipings and blastings, tootings and rattlings – these were the sounds of New Zealand streets nearly 100 years ago.
When news of the end of World War I – marked by the signing of an armistice – reached New Zealand, the country took to the streets in noisy celebrations.
An Evening Post article from early November 1918, reported on ‘‘a roaring chorus of gladsome sounds’’, with people banging on tins and cans and singing their hearts out.
That roaring chorus will be recreated when more than 40 students from the New Zealand School of Dance and Whitireia commemorate Armistice Day – November 11 – with a 20-minute free performance called He Wawa¯ Waraki: Roaring Chorus 2018.
Amit Noy, 16, and Sina Esera, 21, enjoy a break during rehearsal.