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Public Energy and O'Kaadenigan Wiingashk present
in association with Indigenous Performance Initiatives

Te Toki Haruru: TŪĀHU - Choreographic Research Project
Facilitated by Charles Koroneho

Date
May 24-25, 2013
@ 8pm
Venue

Market Hall
140 Charlotte St. Peterborough
Tickets
$15

Pure : Solo Performance
Choreography, performance, facilitation
Charles Koroneho

Direction, choreography, dramaturgy
Alejandro Ronceria
Performance design, lighting, production
Brad Gledhill

stunning rehearsal photos here

 

 

 

In the Maori language ‘pure’ is the term applied to a form of ritual and karakia (incantation). An important factor in pure rituals is the action of loosening and binding. Elements regarded as dangerous are loosened from the subject of the ritual, while those regarded as beneficial are bound to it. The term expressing the loosening and binding is pure and several of the karakia used for rituals, are also named pure.

 

From the darkness comes a cold wind to crush the body, prophetic shadows transform the discontinued, an unspoken community. Unearth the Tūāhu, ritual space of the unknown. Awaken body, alone, unknown and nameless, dance of anonymity. Tectonic memories petrify longing, dreams are whispered, my journey from compression to gravity’s embrace, a solemn ascension. Skeletal precipice, bone cemetery, ‘Pure’ rite, dance incantation, a cleansing utterance............

 

Pure is a solo performance embodying the ritual loosening and binding actions of the Tohunga (shaman, skilled expert). Set in a place of thresholds, the performance works with transgression, evocative theatre and the ritual body. Collaborative processes inform Pure; the theatre design, video projection, live voice, visual language epitomize the design aesthetic of Te Toki Haruru choreographer Charles Koroneho.

 

Pure is the first performance work of the Tūāhu Choreographic Research Project.

About Te Toki Haruru: TŪĀHU - Choreographic Research Project

 


 

 

Charles Koroneho in Residence

O'Kaadenigan Wiingashk in association with
Public Energy and Indigenous Performance Initiatives present
Photography of Workshop Perfromance at Market Hall May 11, 2013 here

TE TOKI HARURU: TŪĀHU - CHOREOGRAPHIC RESEARCH PROJECT
Facilitated by CHARLES KORONEHO

Date
May 6-25, 2013

Location

Nozhem First Peoples’ Performance Space and Market Hall Theatre

Choreography, performance, facilitation
Charles Koroneho

Direction, choreography, dramaturgy
Alejandro Ronceria

Find out more about Charles Koroneho and Te Toki Haruru at

www.tetokiharuru.com
tuahu.tetokiharuru.com

TŪĀHU: Project Vision

In 1997, Charles Koroneho created Te Toki Haruru (the resounding adze) as a conceptual platform to explore cultural collaboration, intercultural performance and the intersection between dance, theatre and performance art. These concepts are at the heart of Te Toki Haruru and are the means by which Koroneho examines the collision between Maori cosmology, New Zealand society and global cultures.

As a founding member of New Zealand’s first contemporary Maori dance company Te Kanikani o te Rangatahi, Koroneho was immersed from the onset in a movement of Maori performance, later to be known as Marae Theatre. The traditional marae (tribal gathering place) was the inspiration for Maori performing artists to engage with, from an indigenous perspective, New Zealand and western theatre practices.

The TŪĀHU Choreographic Research Project will utilize a multi-layered approach; with workshop, collaborative and performance outcomes taking place under the same conceptual framework.

The intention of the project is to share and exchange at the highest level, this approach to present an evolved method of Marae Theatre practices, emphasizing aspects of the Powhiri (welcome and inclusion), Noho marae (living, immersed in the place), Take (to originate, reason, purpose) Utu (reply, reciprocity). The undertaking will also address the disciplinary driven process of performance making and attempt to align it to indigenous communal practices where actions of the sacred and profane convey the everyday and ideas of ceremony and ritual are informed by cultural contexts.

TŪĀHU: proposing a new philosophical space for Indigenous Dance

The TŪĀHU Choreographic Research Project aims to extend the vision of Te Toki Haruru, and affirm the language utilized for the performance stage and workshop environment to propose a new philosophical space for the choreographic projects of Charles Koroneho.

The traditional TŪĀHU is a sacred place for ritual practices, consisting of an enclosure containing a ceremonial platform used for divination and other mystic rites. The intention of the TŪĀHU research process is to align the traditional practice to a ‘performance of community’, in order to give possible emergent work a cultural context. From a cultural perspective it is not a traditional aspiration that is re - positioned, but one that resembles a contemporary hybrid practice; liminal, situational, culturally diverse and bound to the creative conditions surrounding it.

 

Week One: TŪĀHU Workshop

TŪĀHU Workshop Outline and Content

An intensive 6-day performance workshop will convey The TŪĀHU Choreographic Research Project by Charles Koroneho, the research is philosophically intercultural and interdisciplinary in direction; concepts explored during the workshop are solo choreography, improvisation, performance devising and collaboration.

Performance Training Classes

Morning sessions will consist of a 2-hour hybrid training class, alternating daily between:

• MB: Muscle - Bone is dedicated to body training and spatial preparation for performance.

• MB: Mind - Body consists entirely of improvisational movement for training the imagination, how to utilize it freely within a performance training environment.

Choreographic Research Sessions

Afternoon sessions will operate as a research forum; workshop participants will experience specific exercises, improvisation and performance techniques from Dance, Body Weather and Performance Art. The work encompasses sensitivity training, structured improvisations and specific techniques for developing a body of internal landscapes, and persona by the use of imagery.

Performance Presentation

On the final day of the workshop, participants will work with Charles Koroneho devising and incorporating production elements towards a directed showing of solo performances. It is the intention of the workshop that the performance presentation is site specific and experimental.

Weeks Two & Three: TŪĀHU Solo Performance: PURE

Pure: Solo Performance by Charles Koroneho

In the Maori language ‘pure’ is the term applied to a form of ritual and karakia (incantation). An important factor in pure rituals is the action of loosening and binding. Elements regarded as dangerous are loosened from the subject of the ritual, while those regarded as beneficial are bound to it. The term expressing the loosening and binding is pure and several of the karakia used for rituals, are also named pure.

From the darkness comes a cold wind to crush the body, prophetic shadows transform the discontinued, an unspoken community. Unearth the Tūāhu, ritual space of the unknown. Awaken body, alone, unknown and nameless, dance of anonymity. Tectonic memories petrify longing, dreams are whispered, my journey from compression to gravity’s embrace, a solemn ascension. Skeletal precipice, bone cemetery, ‘Pure’ rite, dance incantation, a cleansing utterance............

Pure is a solo performance embodying the ritual loosening and binding actions of the Tohunga (shaman, skilled expert). Set in a place of thresholds, the performance works with transgression, evocative theatre and the ritual body. Collaborative processes inform Pure; the theatre design, video projection, live voice, visual language epitomize the design aesthetic of Te Toki Haruru choreographer Charles Koroneho.

Pure is the first performance work of the Tūāhu Choreographic Research Project.

TŪĀHU Performance Workshop

O'Kaadenigan Wiingashk in association with
Public Energy and Indigenous Performance Initiatives present

TE TOKI HARURU: TŪĀHU - CHOREOGRAPHIC RESEARCH PROJECT
Facilitated by CHARLES KORONEHO

Performance Photos here

Date May 6-11, 10am-4pm
Location Nozhem: First Peoples Performance Space and Market Hall Theatre
Participation is by application Send bio or resume to bill@publicenergy.ca
Out of town artists welcome Please ask for local accommodation options with your application.

An intensive 6-day performance workshop will convey The TŪĀHU Choreographic Research Project by Charles Koroneho, the research is philosophically intercultural and interdisciplinary in direction; concepts explored during the workshop are solo choreography, improvisation, performance devising and collaboration.

Other artists contributing to the project are Alejandro Ronceria
(direction, choreography, dramaturgy) and Brad Gledhill (performance design, lighting, production).

Performance Training Classes

Morning sessions will consist of a 2-hour hybrid training class, alternating daily between:

• MB: Muscle - Bone is dedicated to body training and spatial preparation for performance.

• MB: Mind - Body consists entirely of improvisational movement for training the imagination, how to utilize it freely within a performance training environment.

Choreographic Research Sessions

Afternoon sessions will operate as a research forum; workshop participants will experience specific exercises, improvisation and performance techniques from Dance, Body Weather and Performance Art. The work encompasses sensitivity training, structured improvisations and specific techniques for developing a body of internal landscapes, and persona by the use of imagery.

Performance Presentation

On the final day of the workshop, participants will work with Charles Koroneho devising and incorporating production elements towards a directed showing of solo performances. It is the intention of the workshop that the performance presentation is site specific and experimental.

 

About TE TOKI HARURU: TŪĀHU - CHOREOGRAPHIC RESEARCH PROJECT

www.tetokiharuru.com

tuahu.tetokiharuru.com

Key Milestones

Key dance programming milestones include:

- 1994: PND’s inaugural event is Apogee by Debra Brown, then the choreographer for Cirque de Soleil. It features a set design by Peterborough-based designer Jerrard Smith, best known for his designs for R. Murray Schafer’s Patria cycle.

- 1998: the first presentation in the city of a South Asian choreographer, Menaka Thakkar. Since then others have included Deepti Gupta, Natasha Bakht, Nova Bahattacharya, and Lata Pada.

- 2002 and 2005: PE is tour co-ordinator for two CanDance Exchange Projects: danse tout-terrain (2002) and Indigenous Dancelands (2005). In 2005 PND appointed an Indigenous Program Advisor, enabling PND to develop new collaborations with Indigenous artists and working partnerships with local First Nations communities.

- 2004: PE’s first presentation of an international artist, the Charles Linehan Company from Britain, between stops at the National Arts Centre and Toronto’s Harbourfront.

- 2006: PE’s largest project to date, The Kudelka-Taylor Project, a collaboration between Montreal’s Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie, choreographer James Kudelka, and countertenor Daniel Taylor. It sells out the 640-seat Showplace Performance Centre.

- 2007 and 2009: PE hosted creative residencies with Susanna Hood and Susie Burpee, including the premiere of a new work from Burpee: Fidelity’s Edge.

- 2007-10: PE presented two full programs of works commissioned by choreographer Bill James from nationally prominent choreographers (Marie-Josée Chartier, Darryl Hoskins, Allen Kaeja, Tedd Robinson, David Earle), set on the community group Old Men Dancing, a troupe of men aged 50 and over. The work is later presented at the Free Fall festival in Toronto.

- 2008 to present: in partnership with O’Kaadenigan Wiingashk, PE has produced the Ode’min Giizis (Strawberry Moon) Festival, a multi-disciplinary festival of Indigenous arts which has become one of the city’s major arts events. In 2011 the festival co-produced a new work with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre called The Creator’s Game. Based on the game of lacrosse, an excerpt was presented in the city’s larges arena at a local senior lacrosse game to an audience of 3,000.

- 2009-2011: PE supported a new creation by Marie-Josée Chartier, titled Stria, by hosting two week-long workshop periods in Peterborough (with Trent University’s Nozhem Theatre) in 2009 and 2010, and then, in April, 2011, hosting a residency at the Market Hall theatre to complete the work and premiere it.

- 2011: PE had its largest audience to date as it presents a lacrosse-themed dance work by Santee Smith to 3,000 fans at the city’s premiere sorts facility immediately prior to a Major Series Senior lacrosse game.

- 2012: PE hosted a creation-based residency with Coleman Lemieux & Cie with choreographer James Kudelka, and hosted the avant-premiere of Kudelka’s new work, From the House of Mirth.

- 2012-13: PE hosted its first ever season-long artist in residence, with Bill James, who undertakes a series of outreach activities targeting local students, performing artists and the general public.

 

 

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