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Major new work of Pasifika women 'Marama' premieres at Auckland Festival 2016

25 Feb 2016

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Marama. Photographer: John McDermott.
Marama. Photographer: John McDermott.

Marama is a powerful call from women of the Pacific – the voices of a vanishing world.

The devastating effects of deforestation on their homelands and culture are brought startlingly to life through waiata, chants, dances and rituals gracefully and magically performed. As their story unfolds and as the women emerge from and disappear into their ever-­changing environment, we are reminded of the ancient connection between a woman’s body and the earth and the strength and fragility of the ground upon which we all dwell.

Directed by the much-­admired Nina Nawalowalo, with compositions based on field recordings and new works by renowned New Zealand composer Gareth Farr, indescribably beautiful design by Fabiana Piccioli (lighting designer for iTMOi) and Nicole Cosgrove, Marama will leave you breathless.

Expose yourself to a world seldom seen at this touching, visceral show.

Co­-produced by Auckland Arts Festival and The Conch
Developed with the assistance of the British Council and Ngāti Te Tarawa
Original Set Design by Nicole Cosgrove
Remount Set Design by John Verryt
Costume Design by Seraphina Tausi
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Don’t miss out on the World Premiere at the Auckland Arts Festival.

The Conch is a Pacific theatre company funded by Creative New Zealand to create unique Pacific works for stage, under its Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programme.

Booking details

Dates: 2­ - 6 March
Prices: $39 -­ $59
Book: Auckland Festival website

Image caption: Marama. Photographer: John McDermott.