July 24, 2014
Banff beckons for kapa haka innovator
A long-standing member of Te Waka Huia, Kura Te Ua, has been selected to take part in the Indigenous Dance Residency at the Banff Centre in Canada.
Creative New Zealand is funding the position as part of its International Cultural Exchange Programme.
She will undergo an intensive four-week programme with other indigenous dancers from various nations and backgrounds that involves daily technique classes, choreographic exploration as well as creating a new choreographic work that will be performed as part of the Banff Summer Arts Festival.
Ms Te Ua is studying towards a postgraduate degree in dance studies at the University of Auckland.
She is developing a new indigenous art form she calls haka theatre that combines the fundamentals of kapa haka, Maori movement and theatre.
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