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ONE: The Earth Rises

Over 50 Performers Combine Maori, Pacific And Chinese Culture To Create Powerful New Dance Story!

Vodafone Events Centre and TOHU Productions present
ONE: The Earth Rises
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 ONE: The Earth Rises playing at the BNZ Theatre, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau from June 27- 29.

A sacred Manaia artefact is unearthed within a Chinese market in the Manukau area. The Manaia instilled with magical powers goes on a journey of discovery across time zones and landscapes tracing the incredible history of the Manukau region. The Manaia slowly uncovers the artefact's deepest mysteries that can either save or destroy our modern world!

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.

Patterson has fused traditional and contemporary dance forms with striking live visual projections from Sand Artist Marcus Winter aka the sand man 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.

Moss Patterson has been a leading light in NZ dance for over twenty years. He has danced with some of our most famous dance company’s including Atamira, Black Grace, Footnote Dance Company and Touch Compass. He has been recognised for his work by winning awards and being named Best New Choreographer by the NZ Listener. He has also been recognised by Creative NZ for his work – taking home the Tup Lang Dance scholarship with Atamira Dance Company and the Te Whakahaungia choreographic award by Toi Māori Aotearoa.

Moss is exceptional at working with young people to create relevant, exciting and vigorous performances. Most recently his work’s AWA and RUAUMOKO with young artists were presented at Auckland International Arts Festival. He is a passionate advocate for Māori culture and Māori contemporary dance in New Zealand and is passionate about presenting diverse and contemporary stories to new audiences.

ONE: The Earth Rises plays

School Matinees:
Wednesday June 27 @ 1pm
Thursday June 28 @ 1pm

Friday June 29 @730pm. Tickets at Buy Tickets
Show runs: 60 mins no interval

ONE: The Earth Rises is a production of the Vodafone Events Centre and TOHU Production. It is supported through the Auckland Diversity Project Fund of Creative New Zealand and Foundation North.

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