Matariki for Tamariki (Auckland, New Zealand)
22 Jun 2019 - 18 Dec 2021
A journey through stars, sea, mountains and moon for the whole whānau.
The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) presented the premiere season of Matariki for Tamariki by accomplished New Zealand dancer and choreographer Sean MacDonald (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tahu), proudly as part of Auckland’s 2019 Matariki Festival.
A celebration for the whole family, Sean brings to life a world where a band of players, a group of friends, and a whānau travel throughout Aotearoa and its landscape of lush ngahere (forests), mighty maunga (mountains), and majestic moana (oceans), encountering the flora and fauna through seasonal changes. The journey begins and ends through the dawning and setting of the Matariki whetū (star) constellation.
Along the way, the performers inhabit the wairua (spirit) of each of the nine whetū of Matariki and through their adventures use the power and meaning of karakia (prayer), ritual, waita (song) and whakapapa (lineage) to plant the seeds of new beginnings for hope of the future ahead.
Sean’s majestic choreography paired with evocative costume and set design by Rona Ngahuia Osborne as well as spectacular sound design by Alistair Deverick will leave young people and “kidaults” alike filled with joy and gratitude for the whenua (land) we call home.
"The production elements come together beautifully throughout the show and compliment the gorgeous dancing and compelling narrative...the calibre of dancing and performance is through the roof”
“...a joyous and celebratory new work....equal mix of grace, delight, comedy and silliness”
“....there is a level of sophistication in this work that has raised the standard of what we as parents, caregivers and whanau deserve to experience in live performance for our tamariki”
- Carrie-Rae Cunningham Theatreview, 2019