Whenua is a new contemporary dance theatre work created by Karen Barbour, weaving stories of the places and peoples of Waikato together. Evocatively engaging with the inspirational voices of women of this land, this dance responds to current environmental and political concerns from the heart. With local artists Kartika Leng creating glorious costumes and Jeremy Mayall a sophisticated sound score, this dance work is suitable for all ages.

Sat 21 & Sun 22 Feb 2015 11am and 6pm
Mon 23 Feb 2015 6pm

The Beach


See more at: www.hgaf.co.nz

Choreographer: Karen Barbour

Performers: Helene Burgstaller, Marangikapiua Hare, Eve Veglio-White, Harrietanne Embling and Karen Barbour.

Costumes: Kartika Leng. Also thanks to The University of Waikato Academic Dress Hire team and Patti Mitchley.

Music: Composition and audio production of He korokoro tūī by Jeremy Mayall. (Taonga Puoro performed by Alistair Fraser. Additional audio recording by Stephen Stedman at the University of Otago Albany Street Studios.) Composition features clips from speeches by Eva Rickard (documentary “Te Matakite o Aotearoa - The Māori Land March” 1975), Marilyn Waring (Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy, University of Victoria, BC 2011 & Zonta International Convention 2014), Helen Clark (speech on sustainability 2007 New Zealand Parliament) and Nanaia Mahuta (Waikato-Tainui Raupatu Claims (Waikato River) Settlement Bill Third Reading 2010 New Zealand Parliament).

Stage manager: Patti Mitchley
Programme: Marie Hermo Jensen
Photos: Karen Barbour

Thanks and appreciation for the support of Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, Creative Waikato, The University of Waikato, Waikato Regional Council, BizWorx, Jeremy Bell & Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Sophie Williams and Lucy-Margaux Marinkovich. Also a big thank you to our families for your continuing love and support.