06 Apr 2017
After a stunning 2015 debut, the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu season of Tiki Taane Mahuta, starring Tiki Taane, returns to tour 13 cities in 2017:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North - Friday 19th May
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier - Monday 22nd May
Baycourt Theatre Tauranga - Wednesday 24th May
Clarence Street Theatre Hamilton - Friday 26th May
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland - Monday 29th May
TSB Theatre New Plymouth - Wednesday 31st May
Wellington Opera House, Wellington - Friday 2nd June
ASB Theatre Marlborough, Blenheim - Tuesday 6th June
Ashburton Trust Event Centre, Ashburton - Friday 9th June
Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch - Monday 12th June
Oamaru Opera House Oamaru - Wednesday 14th June
Regent Theatre, Dunedin - Friday 16th June
Civic Theatre, Invercargill - Tuesday 20th June
Tiki Taane Mahuta is presented in partnership between Taki Rua and Aotearoa Aerial Theatre Company. Combining theatre, aerial performance, contemporary dance, kapa haka, mau rākau and hip hop, Tiki Taane Mahuta is one of New Zealand’s largest nationally-devised productions.
Created by Taki Rua Artistic Director Tānemahuta Gray and set to live music from iconic musicians Tiki Taane and Shapeshifter’s Sam Trevethick, Tiki Taane Mahuta is a proud expression of Aotearoa identity.
Tiki Taane Mahuta is a story about love and tragic loss. When a fatal car crash takes away the love of Karen’s life, and the father of her unborn child, it is up to the next generation to repair the rift between broken families. Karen’s son, guided by his father’s ancestral lineage, is able to forge a path of forgiveness and bring the families together via their future progeny. Tatau pounamu. A gift of reconciliation and new beginnings.
Both the show’s narrative and soundtrack emerge from award-winning Tiki Taane albums Past, Present, Future and In The World of Light. Tiki Taane and Sam Trevethick play live, supporting some of New Zealand’s best performers from the worlds of kapa haka, dance and theatre. The staging also features audiovisual projection from Aotearoa’s leading multimedia designers.
Gray hopes that those who come to experience the show leave with an awareness of the strength they can harness if they reach out and connect to their own whakapapa or family line.
For Tiki Taane, the show takes the music industry into a new space.
“In Christchurch, I was absolutely blown away… I just had to be involved somehow. Tāne already narrated an incredibly moving story through dance and kapa haka, introducing live musical elements will elevate the journey even more.”
“This show will be a career highlight for me, something that I’m excited to share with the world.
Tiki Taane Mahuta is presented with key support from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Creative New Zealand.