11 October 2002. Free entry.
Turanga is an exciting performance combination of contemporary dance, digital moving image, installation and music.
Turanga is also the name of the creative team; installation/performance artists Louise Potiki Bryant: choreographer and Rachael Rakena: digital moving images. They work together to create their own form of interdisciplinary works which explore issues of identity.
Both artists whakapapa to Ngai Tahu, and are excited at presenting this newly reworked piece in the heartland of their culture.
Inspired by cultural protocols of mihi, the performance work Turanga marks out the gallery space as a symbolic whare, and explores the space between standing places, the destructive forces of a changing world on the cultural identity of Kai Tahu, and the resilient nature of the individual.
Turanga have previously performed to critical acclaim at The Lightbox Gallery, Awataha Marae, Artstation Gallery, and at Wellington City Gallery.
They are delighted to be bringing this production for the first time to Christchurch with a performance series running at The Physics Room.
“What binds and grounds Turanga is their Tangata Whenuatanga within a modern context. As a viewer I found it a very stimulating and thought-provoking way of experiencing Maori art.” - Stephen Bradshaw