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The Dominion Post - - Capital Day -

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





Fol­lowed by:

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’’.

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