ONE - The Earth Rises

June 19, 2018


Featuring performers from UNITEC Performing Arts School, James Cook High School and the Auckland Chinese Philharmonic Choir, ONE - The Earth Rises has caught the eye of Tempo Dance Festival.



Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatuanuku (Earth Mother) were forced apart, separated by their son Tane Mahuta (God of the Forests). It was Ranginui’s tears that fell onto the earth and became the sacred rivers of the people of our land. The wairua or spirit of the river help guide the people home when they do not know which way to go. 



Award winning choreographer Moss Patterson (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) wrangles the talent of over fifty performers combining Maori, Polynesian and Chinese narratives and the rhythms of traditional kapa haka and tai chi to create the powerful new contemporary dance story. 

Featuring performers from UNITEC Performing Arts School, James Cook High School, the Auckland Chinese Philharmonic Choir and the Auckland arts community, ONE: The Earth Rises narrates a whakapapa of the Manukau region with untold stories inspired by local Maori traditions and the development of Chinese market gardens in the Manukau area. 


There will be two performances will be presented. The first is a dance project on Wednesday 27 June for schools to attend for free. The final performance has been invited to be part of Tempo Dance Festival which will be held on Wednesday 3 October.

Patterson has fused traditional and contemporary dance forms with striking live visual projections from sand artist Marcus Winter aka the Sandman with electronic and choral soundscapes created by Paddy Free from Pitch Black fame. These two incredible collaborators have taken the project to another level gracing it with incredible sound, mighty projection and banging visuals in celebration of our diversity and our very own stories.


ONE: The Earth Rises is presented by the Vodafone Events Centre Schools Programme and TOHU Productions in partnership with AUT and the Ministry of Education's LEOTC Programme. It is supported through the Auckland Diversity Project Fund of Creative New Zealand and Foundation North.

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