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Waiwhakaata – Reflections in the Water
Written by Niwa Milroy & Cian Parker
Directed by Eddie Elliott
Company: Waiwhakaata Performance
A return to ancestral origins and legacy | one man’s journey of self re-discovery.
Having lost touch with his Māori heritage, caught up in the rat race of urban humanity and drifting further from his roots, Rehua takes the audience on a journey towards healing and redemption.
A life-altering decision changes the pathway for Rehua, guiding his return to the whenua and waterways of his forbears. Steeped in history and an inherent connection with patupaiarehe, Rehua’s identity resurfaces; learning to integrate his past with his present self.
‘Waiwhakaata-Reflections in the Water’ combines contemporary dance, explosive physical theatre, taonga puoro and kōrero tuku iho to bring us a bold story of hope and reconnection.
“Waiwhakaata defines its own territory. It is like witnessing the birth of a new genre….A potent offering in today’s often fractured world…[The Show’s] physical characterisations are utterly embodied and compelling.” – Lyne Pringle of Theatreview, Auckland.
7-10 June 2023
Weds – Thurs 6.30pm, Fri – Sat 8pm
Friends of Circa $32
Groups 6+ $35
Groups 20+ 30
Under 30 – $30
Student $25 (w $15 stand-by)
PG Rated, Audiences 11+ Contains coarse language. Haze and smoke effects. Strobe lighting.
Runtime: 65 mins (no interval)
Artistic Director & Choreographer / Eddie Elliott
Co-Writers / Niwa Milroy & Cian Parker
Dramaturg / Cian Parker
Composer & Sound Design / Alistair Deverick
Producer / Lance Loughlin
Lighting Designer / Jo Kilgour
Set & Designer / Dan Williams
Taonga Puoro / James Webster
Dancers: Carl Tolentino, Chrissy Kokiri, Sean MacDonald, Brydie Colquhoun, Isope Akau’ola & Keana Ngaata
Actor: Lezharn Avia-Elliott
Photo: Jinki Cambronero