Organic, electrifying and utterly immersive, Australian/Maori artist Victoria Hunt presents a richly detailed, viscerally realised and large-scale work exploring mythology, cosmology and traditional wisdom in TANGI WAI… the cry of water.
Merging installation, theatre and dance, audiences are transported to the Maori realm of spirits Te Arai, an arduous passage at the precipice of human existence and the afterlife. Here, messengers from the past, bodies abandoned by spirit and urged by unknown forces, transform mythology into flesh and bone.
Hunt’s breakthrough ensemble piece is a powerful embodiment of female authority, ceremony and protest that works to decolonise our thoughts and beliefs, reinstating the power of indigenous creativity through Pacific, Asian and Western dance practice.
A multidisciplinary team of artists craft an exquisitely layered, hypnotic composition of light, sound, movement, image and incantation – a forceful communion with the forgotten and the feared.
Choreography/ Direction/ Performer Victoria Hunt
Performer Kristina Chan
Light & Mist Design Fausto Brusamolino
Video & Light Design Boris Morris Bagattini
Sound Design James Brown
Object Design Clare Britton, Victoria Hunt
Costume Design Annemaree Dalziel, Justine Shih Pearson, Victoria Hunt
Kia Whakamanawa Charles Koroneho
Rehearsal Assistant Linda Luke
Performance Intern Skyla Love
Production Manager Mark Haslam
Producer Rosalind Richards, Artful Management
Tangi Wai Company Victoria Hunt, Kristina Chan, Imogen Cranna, Linda Luke and Melinda Tyquin with Jacqueline Aylward, Chelsea Byrne, Isabella Whawhai Mason, Amelia McQueen, Emma Riches, Madeleine Towler Lovell, Patricia Wood.
Kinaesthesia Intensive facilitated by Victoria Hunt, Melanie Lane & Phillip Adams
A miniature intensive exploring massive choreographic scores. An intensive for the dance maker looking to dissect their choreographic practice and find new impetus. Taking the body through a journey of experimentation, Kinaesthesia explores the dialogue between choreographic scores and improvisation, anatomy and kinesiology.
Kinaesthesia aims to activate the mind and find unorthodox ways to devise movement. The intensive features three disciplines of thought from independent artists Victoria Hunt, Melanie Lane and BalletLab Artistic Director, Phillip Adams.