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Hurihuri (New Zealand)


14 Sep 2018 - 1 Nov 2019

Short Synopsis

Hurihuri (verb): to spin, revolve, rotate, twirl. (Maori Dictionary)

Traditional Pacific performance collides with urban street culture in a show fizzing with energy, magic and heart. Skateboarders, kapa haka and poi dancers perform against a live soundscape of drums, electronic loops and traditional Maori instruments: taonga puoro. The whirling, revolution of motion and sound builds through the power of the haka to a breathtaking finale: an aerial duet starring award winning integrated artist Rodney Bell with Brydie Colquhoun. Constructed around the wheel and motion, Hurihuri fuses hip hop and contemporary movement with traditional kapa haka on an urban, circular stage. The performance is raised - physically and metaphorically - through the poise and spin of counterbalanced aerial performance. Hurihuri is directed by Malia Johnston, with live music by Tom Scrase. The core cast collaborate with a local kapa haka group and wheeled performers: skate boarders, roller skaters, wheelchair athletes and segways to create an astonishing swirling spectacular.

Reviews Feature

Hurihuri is an ambitious new commission from New Zealand, a tremendous celebration of diversity and a colourful blend of traditional and contemporary Maori culture.” Festival 2018 Gold Coast Co-Creative Director Yaron Lifschitz

Composed By
Tom Scrase
Directed By
Malia Johnston
Malia Johnston, Julia Milsom, Jenny Ritchie
Designed By
Set consultant: John Verryt, Costume Design: Claire Croskery
Rodney Bell, Brydie Colquhoun, Cuba Haslam, Matthew Moore
Availability Status
Available at short notice


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