A Spanish encounter
The antipodes or geographical opposite of Palmerston North is the town of San Martin de Valdeiglesias, 70 kilometres west of Madrid in Spain.
A local musical performance celebrating the connection is due at an arts festival in Australia, and later, on the Iberian Peninsula itself.
From August last year, Manawatu musicians Warren and Virginia Warbrick presented TAHI80, an arts project that explored artistic and cultural connections between Manawatu and Spain.
Combining Spanish classical music with New Zealand poetry, modern music and traditional Maori instrumentation, it included the world premiere of Ciento Ochenta by Wellington composer and early music specialist Pepe Becker, commissioned by the Warbricks with help from the Earle Creativity Trust.
Warren, a maker and player of taonga puoro, said the music of Ciento Ochenta spanned 600 years and told the story of a Rangitane tohunga who discovers sounds coming from a tunnel through the earth to Spain.
Having toured the performance around the region’s town halls last year, Toi Warbrick now has a new version of TAHI80.
‘‘It was a great period of experimentation for us and we are pleased to present version 2.0 - Antipodeans,’’ Virginia said.
‘‘We are especially stoked that we are booked to perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in March, and we’re set to share our project on the exact opposite side of the world, in San Martin de Valdeiglesias, Spain, in August.’’
Before going to Adelaide next month, the pair are putting on a performance combined with an arts event and a marae experience on Sunday afternoon at Rangiotu’s historic Te Rangimarie Marae on SH56.
Short pre-show workshops in Maori music, Maori art, early music, art music and concept development are to be conducted by Becker, artist Reweti Arapere and the Warbricks.
‘‘It’s also a way of introducing people, who may have never been on one, to the marae,’’ Virginia said.
Information and bookings for the event, which includes refreshments, are available on Facebook and Eventfinda. There are no door sales.
Warren Warbrick (left) accompanying Virginia Warbrick on a putorino during a performance of ‘‘Tahi80’.