Presented by: Christchurch Arts Festival
From Māori dance company Atamira, comes this epic expression of mana wahine - the intrinsic spiritual power of women.
Created by Louise Potiki Bryant (Ngāi Tahu), Onepū is inspired by a Kāi Tahu tradition, as told by Teone Taare Tikao, about six atua wahine (female deities/ancestors) who have the enormous power of controlling and releasing the winds of the world.
Onepū honours these atua, using waiata, movement, natural soundscapes, light and projection to illuminate their differences, strength, energy, beauty, ease, connectedness and mana. As in Tikao's account, the women are stationed at key points on pikopiko-i-whiti; the sand bank that encircles the world.
Brimming with heart, talent and passion, this thoughtful cultural piece reminds us why Atamira and founding member Potiki Bryant occupy such a vital niche in Aotearoa's performing arts scene.
This empowering, inspiring piece of dance theatre seamlessly blends mythology and the present. Be sure to check it out!