October 02, 2013
Dancer creates space for aging
Audiences at next week’s Tempo Dance Festival in Auckland can expect an intellectual and cultural challenge from Charles Koroneho’s opening work.
The Ngapuhi artist and choreographer devised Pure (Pu-reh) during a three-month stint in Canada, where he has been lecturing, performing and conducting choreographic research.
It brings together decades of thought about the body, the social role of dance and the importance of space, especially the tuahu or space set apart by a community for ceremonial use.
"For me Pure is a kind of ritual performance about how a person of my age because I’m 50 now, how we stay vital and alive in the world. It’s not a young person’s work. It’s a work about a dancer, a choreographer, an artist, ageing and confronted with new experiences," he says.
Koroneho says it’s important for the Maori community for experienced artists to get a chance to renew themselves.
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