VISCERAL, ARRESTING AND IMMERSIVE
Tēnei mea te mau mahara, he taonga. He taonga hoki te wareware i ōna wā. Heoi anō, ko tēnei whakaaturanga, he mea whakaatu i ngā whakaaro o tētehi kuia e mate ana i te mate wareware, kua hāhā katoa tōna rua mahara. Ko te kuia nei, ko Ramari Rangiwhiua Morrison (Ginger).
Ko tāna mokopuna te kaiwhakahaere i te whakaaturanga nei, Ko Bianca Hyslop tōna ingoa, he uri nō Te Arawa otirā he tohunga ki āna mahi. E mahi tahi ana rāua ko Rowan Pierce. He whakaaturanga kanikani, otirā he mea āta ruku ki ngā korero mō mau-mahara, mō te mamae mokemoke, me te hononga o ērā mea e rua ki te whenua.
Pōhutu is an ode to the human experience navigating the ever shifting nature of memory, time, place and loss.
This high-impact performance is a powerful collaboration between choreographer Bianca Hyslop (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wāhiao) and multi-award winning performance designer and artist Rowan Pierce.
Bianca’s grandmother, Ramari Rangiwhiua Haslem nee. Morrison (Ginger) sits at the heart of this narrative, reflecting her life’s stories and connection to her ancestral whenua.
Pōhutu artfully incorporates image, movement, and sound to mirror Ginger's shapeshifting mind as she grapples with memory loss. All the while, we experience the ever-changing landscape of Whakarewarewa - Ginger’s birthplace and home to the southern hemisphere’s largest geyser: Pōhutu
“Pohutu is astonishing. Not astonishing in the hyperbolic sense but in a my-heart-is-retreating-further-into-my-chest sense of the word.”
- Pantograph Punch
“This mesmerising performance was unwavering in its Māori voice, perspective and integrity. The applause erupted like a geyser.”
- Dance Aotearoa New Zealand
Pōhutu is a dance work that will continue to live in the minds of those who witness it for a long time ...It is simply stunning