August 01, 2022
Virtual foyer entry to theatrical experience
Te Pou Theatre is inviting audiences to visit its new digital foyer to see what’s coming up.
The kaupapa Māori theatre company is building a performing arts centre at the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson, which won’t open until next year.
Manager and performer Amber Curren says in the meantime the digital Whare Whakaari Matihiko is a place not only to see works via zoom but with the help of creative technology company Dotdot they can have something of the social experience of live theatre.
“On August 11 they are going to be able to come along and see a showing of this work in development called Kōpū which is is this amazing group of wahine Māori being amazing singers and performers and they get to look at that and come into a foyer that is like a rendering of what we hope our Te Pou foyer is going to be like and they get to and they get to come with their videos on and engage with people in this foyer space,” she says.
The Whare Whakaari Matihiko project was originally developed in response to the lockdowns, and it’s funded by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage with additional input from with Māori and Pasifika-led RIVER Digital Growth Agency.