Tiki Taane Mahuta (Wellington, New Zealand)
19 May 2017 - 21 Dec 2019
Tiki Taane Mahuta is a large scale narrative based aerial dance theatre production with nine performers. The show combines contemporary dance, hip hop and kapa haka to the live music and performances of Tiki Taane and Sambora (Shapeshifter) and is artistically directed by Tanemahuta Gray.
The narrative follows two generations of families in 1996 and 2013 and the ancestral realm that surrounds the community. Large screen film projections represent the ancestral realm. Tiki Taane Mahuta explores the themes of love, loss and whakapapa (geneology) of a NZ community. The work is in partnership with Aotearoa Aerial Theatre Company Ltd and is built by Tanemahuta Gray, Artistic Director of Maui - One Man Against The Gods and Arohanui - The Greatest Love. Tiki Taane Mahuta performed six times at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch in May 2015 to an audience of 3,500.
The first half of the show closes with an absolutely stunning contemporary haka as the spirits of Karen's ancestors take the stage. The extraordinary aerials in the second half of the show lift the energy to an even greater level, and the impressively fierce display of Māori martial arts is truly breath taking to behold.
The soundtrack and the production are gorgeous, but what truly makes this show is the phenomenal cast. These dancers are absolutely gifted, and display impressive stamina and clean technique throughout an evening of rigorously exacting choreography.
This is a show not to be missed, with powerful messages told through beautiful artistry and downright magnificent dancing.
Emily Napolitano, Theatreview, 8 May 2015