Friday, 26 February 2010

Next wave of dance at Puketeraki Marae

Next wave of dance at Puketeraki Marae

By Antony Deaker

Puketeraki Marae in Karitane hosts a short season of contemporary
dance this month as part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival. Runaka
Manager Suzanne Ellison says "Te Ngaru Hou will be a unique experience
that shouldn't be missed, it's not often that people in the North
Coast communities get to see world class contemporary dance so close
to home."

Three indigenous dancers from New Zealand and Australia will present
short performances with film and music on the marae grounds and inside
the whare. The audience to each night's performance will be welcomed
on to the Marae with a powhiri. Suzanne Ellison says, "we hope that as
many local people as possible can join us and that for many this will
be a fun way to come to our beautiful marae." The shows will be on
Friday 26th and Saturday 27th nights from 7pm and Sunday 28th
afternoon from 2pm.

Te Ngaru Hou, which means The Next Wave, will feature Vicki Van Hout a
leading aboriginal contemporary dancer and choreographer based in
Sydney, Louise Potiki-Bryant who is Kai Tahu and based in Auckland and
Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann also from Kai Tahu and currently based in
Auckland. Both Louise and Rachel are well known in Dunedin for their
exciting work blending installation, film and music with contemporary
dance.

Tickets for Te Ngaru Hou will be available from the Runaka Office in
Grimness Street Karitane, 465 7300 or from Artist Development Agency
at 110 Moray Place in town from March 15th. $8 or $20 for family
groups.

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