Pow­er­ful dance show for re­gion

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Ground-break­ing dance com­pany Atamira will weave their way across the North Is­land to seven venues with Pango.

Burst­ing with cre­ative tal­ent from some of the best dance, mu­sic, spa­tial and pro­jec­tion artists in New Zealand, Pango

will bring Kiwi au­di­ences a unique fu­sion of dance, im­agery, light and mu­sic.

These el­e­ments come seam­lessly to­gether through the col­lab­o­ra­tion of renowned dance chore­og­ra­pher Moss Pat­ter­son, mu­si­cians James Web­ster and Shayne Carter, along with six of New Zealand’s most pow­er­ful male dancers and award­win­ning spa­tial and pro­jec­tion de­sign­ers.

The highly-ac­claimed Pango

was first pre­sented in China and Tai­wan in 2016 and the cur­rent core of dancers is formed by Luke Hanna, Jeremy Beck, Em­manuel Rey­naud, Toa Paranihi, Jared He­mopo and Matiu Ha­muera, some of New Zealand’s finest ex­po­nents of the art form.

Stripped to the waist, they ig­nite the stage in­side the space of Te Kore, a black rope wharenui cre­ated by award­win­ning set and spa­tial de­signer Robin Raw­storne, to ex­plore their in­di­vid­ual ex­pe­ri­ence of Te Kore — the state of un­lim­ited po­ten­tial.

Mov­ing from haka through lyri­cism to en­er­gised mus­cu­lar­ity, their per­sonal sto­ries of­fer rich com­men­taries on the hu­man­ity within this sa­cred space. Pango is a multi-sen­sory med­i­ta­tion on ex­is­tence through a dance chore­ographed by Moss Pat­ter­son, un­der­pinned by a fas­ci­nat­ing com­bi­na­tion of live mu­sic.

Vis­ceral elec­tric gui­tar by New Zealand mu­sic icon Shayne Carter blends with tra­di­tional Ma¯ori in­stru­ments by ex­pert player James Web­ster.

This re­sults in a dra­matic mix of sound­scapes from which re­ver­ber­a­tions of an­cient karakia and taku­taku chant evoke the pres­ence of atua Ma¯ ori.

Moss Pat­ter­son has carved a sig­nif­i­cant ca­reer in dance over the last 20 years, work­ing with Black Grace, Foot­note and Dou­glas Wright.

As the found­ing artis­tic di­rec­tor of Atamira, he forged new links for dance in­ter­na­tion­ally and re­cently pre­sent­ing Marama in Korea.

The re­cip­i­ent of a slew of awards for his in­no­va­tive chore­og­ra­phy, his work was thrust into the pub­lic eye when he chore­ographed the 2011 Rugby World Cup open­ing cer­e­mony. New Zealand mu­si­cian Shayne Carter is well known for lead­ing for­ma­tive band Strait­jacket Fits, and he is also cel­e­brated for his work with Dim­mer and rock su­per­group The Adults.

He’s been in­ducted into the New Zealand Mu­sic Hall of Fame and been the re­cip­i­ent of mul­ti­ple mu­sic awards.

A prom­i­nent maker and player of taonga pu¯oro, Ma¯ori mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, James Web­ster has col­lab­o­rated mu­si­cally on many projects and has spe­cialised for over 20 years in sculp­ture and carv­ing bone, stone and wood, paint­ing and is a skilled ta¯moko (Ma¯ori tat­too) artist.

Robin Raw­storne is cre­ative di­rec­tor of Raw­storne stu­dio — a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary de­sign stu­dio.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously worked in Europe as a set de­signer for large scale opera/the­atre events and ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns, he now works within the realms of show di­rec­tion, ex­hi­bi­tion de­sign, ex­pe­ri­en­tial in­stal­la­tions and ar­chi­tec­tural dream­scapes for lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mu­se­ums, fes­ti­vals, ad­ver­tis­ing agen­cies, gam­ing com­pa­nies, the­atre, dance and opera com­pa­nies.

Rowan Pierce is a world-class pro­jec­tion artist who among many other projects, has worked on World of Wear­able Arts for many years.

His pro­jec­tions de­sign casts light and im­agery onto the dancers’ bod­ies adding a vis­ual ta­pes­try and open­ing the imag­i­na­tion to the multi-lay­ered as­pects of this work.

Atamira Dance Com­pany is the lead­ing cre­ator and pre­sen­ter of Ma¯ori con­tem­po­rary dance the­atre in Aotearoa and on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

Their work em­bod­ies a unique land­scape shaped by the cul­tural iden­tity of peo­ple and their sto­ries, and con­nects with au­di­ences by re­flect­ing the per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences and world­view of Aotearoa’s Mana Whenua.

Pango opened in Napier over the week­end and heads to Gis­borne and Tau­ranga this week. It comes to Hamil­ton’s Gal­lagher Academy of Per­form­ing Arts on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30. Tick­ets from the venue and www.eventfinda.co.nz, then heads to New Ply­mouth, Whanga¯ rei and Auck­land.

The highly-ac­claimed was first pre­sented in China and Tai­wan in 2016

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