Nga hau e wha

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This is a dance show based on mythic stories of the elements that make up the world (my words.) The four sections were – Hau Puhi: travelling wind; Wai Rere: water that flows; Papa Nuku: earth mother; Ahi Mura: glowing fire. There was a great contrast between incredible choreography, and earthy, locker room humour that morphed back into beautiful dancing. Everyone had the chance for a solo and there were also sections of unison dancing. It was nicely balanced. My favourite was Papa Nuku which used the sneeze of life to animate characters. It was raw and affecting. The performance finished with a take on classical barre-based movements (minus the barre) interspersed with more contemporary choreography.
I didn't understand all of it. I thought some of the intention was jarring compared with what had gone before. There were sections where I was genuinely affected by what I was seeing…and that's really what dance should be about.

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