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Combining a mix of waiata, poetry, dance and music, the piece looks at the concept of peace and the response of people to the end of the war.
New Zealand School of Dance student Amit Noy, 16, said the dancers were commemorating Armistice Day through their own art form – dance.
‘‘There’s something about dancing that always feels very vulnerable. You’re performing in a very open way.
‘‘It’s going to be really shattering to perform and to experience in the context of this event.’’
He said choreographer Malia Johnston wanted to bring in performers with different backgrounds to bring in a range of voices for the performance.
For Whitireia student Sina Esera, He Wawa¯ Waraki: Roaring Chorus 2018 commemorated more than the signing of the armistice.
‘‘When the war ended in 1918 it was also the same year as the epidemic – the Spanish flu.
‘‘So this year is the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak and I wanted to keep that in mind with my [Samoan] ancestors who went through it. It was a tragic event.’’
Rehearsals for the performance started in earnest earlier this week and it has put the dancers through their paces – for part of the performance, pairs take to narrow plinths to dance and become living monuments.
Noy and Esera said there might have been a couple of close calls, but practice was paying off and the performance was coming together.
‘‘There’s so much energy and everyone is really excited to contribute,’’ Noy said.
He Wawa¯ Waraki: Roaring Chorus 2018 will be just one of the events held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park tomorrow.
There will also be a 100-gun salute and a sunset ceremony at the park. Papa 100-gun salute held in front of Te
PUKEAHU NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL PROGRAMME
Two minutes’ silence, broken by the carillon at Pukeahu
He Wawa¯ Waraki: Roaring Chorus 2018, a free 20-minute performance at the memorial park
Sunset ceremony led by the New Zealand Defence Force Walking down the street on a wet, miserable Wellington Saturday afternoon, when @JMulliganRNZ walks by and says ‘‘hello’’ like you’re old friends #mademesmile
Love Wellington. Lunchtime, guy zipping along in the Lambton Quay bus lane on his skateboard, getting where he needs to go, everyone’s cool with it. Meanwhile, Auckland’s heading for civil war over scooters.
A car with a loud bass just went past the house. I was leaning against the door frame and I thought the shaking was an earthquake till I heard the music. #Wellington
Apologies in advance if bits of my computer end up on Lambton Quay, from a great height.
I like the new look Wellington Bucket Fountain #nzflowersweek
Gate to hell surrounded by flowers . . . I’m getting mixed signals, guys. #whywellington #paranormal
For #Armistice100, we’re filling #Pukeahu in Wellington with messages of hope, peace and remembrance. Send your message to the #ArmisticeBeacon at WW100.govt.nz/armistice-beacon.
Whitireia and New Zealand School of Dance students practise on oil-drum plinths, becoming ‘‘living monuments’’.