Armistice Day cel­e­brated with dance

The Dominion Post - - Capital Day -

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.

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