NZ Festival: Hōkioi me te Vwōhali – From spirit eagles land

Enter a world of sacred eagles that blends the ancient with the modern.

  • When | Āhea Thu 12 Mar 2020, 8.00pm–9.15pm
    Fri 13 Mar 2020, 8.00pm–9.15pm
    Sat 14 Mar 2020, 1.30pm–2.45pm
    Sat 14 Mar 2020, 8.00pm–9.15pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Soundings Theatre, Level 2
  • Cost | Te utu $59
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From spirit eagles land explores parallels between the Hōkioi (Haast) Eagle and the Vwōhali (American Golden) Eagle, embodying the majesty and mana of those two sacred birds and their shared whakapapa.

Swooping and soaring, the dancers’ movement is enhanced by a cinematic surround-sound experience that cleverly transports you between Aotearoa, Duyuktv (Cherokee) land and the spiritual realm.

For Ōkāreka choreographer Taiaroa Royal (Te Arawa, Kai Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ūenukukōpako), this is the climax of his 11-year journey of cultural discovery that began with a chance meeting with Cincinnati-based choreographers Missy and Andrew Hubbard of Exhale Dance Tribe and the revelation that both Māori and the Duyuktv people share a special connection through reverence of the eagle. Be there for this, the world premiere season.

There is a free pre-show talk for this event on Sat 14 Mar at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa.

  • Audio Described performance Sat 14 Mar 1.30pm
  • Touch Tour Sat 14 Mar 12pm

Commissioned by New Zealand Festival of the Arts. Supported by Creative New Zealand and Foundation North.

Woman dressed as a bird looks towards the camera


Hōkioi me te Vwōhali: From spirit eagles land. Photo by John McDermott, courtesy of NZ Festival