a magical collaboration that showcases the energies and creative potential of Auckland youth
In a nutshell:
Earthquakes of an artistic kind / Youthful exuberance / Māori deities given new forms
A story for our time, Ruaumoko follows heroine Hine Ariki, a tūrehu (fairy) who sets out on a quest to calm the rumblings of Ruaumoko, god of the earthquakes. Something has disturbed the peace and caused the earth to shift. Hine Ariki draws on the winds, the rain, mythical creatures and her inner-strength to restore the balance and fulfil her mission.
Bringing 150 young performers from 4 Auckland schools with dance studies students from Unitec, professional dance mentors and a champion kapahaka group, Ruaumoko is a magical cross arts collaboration and beautifully rendered dance work that showcases the energies and creative potential of Auckland youth - a metamorphosis on a mass-scale and a life changing experience for all involved.
Joining forces with Atamira Dance Company and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, these fledgling dancers aged 5 to 25 transform into the enchanting characters of this newly imagined Māori myth through arts laureate Gareth Farr’s earth-shattering composition, Paddy Free’s spacious sound design and Moss Patterson’s riveting choreography.
A collaboration between Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Atamira Dance Company, presented in association with Auckland Arts Festival.