Whairepo Lagoon Dance

Presented by Movement Of The Human (MOTH)

Fri 5 Feb




Whairepo lagoon - Treasure Island

Wellington 6011, New Zealand


wheelchair, casual, non-verbal, sensory

The Whairepo Lagoon Dance signals the beginning of WHAT IF THE CITY WAS A THEATRE? and celebrates the movement programme curated by Movement Of The Human. This vibrant and beautiful work brings together over 45 exceptional performers from across Aotearoa in a visual display of energy, colour and movement.

Featuring: the superb kapa haka group Hiwa directed by Virgina Maxwell, guest artist singer songwriter Sharn Te Pou while perform a few of his songs, and performers from Wellington Opera and MOTH. A collaboration and celebration of movement styles and energy, this work will be presented at dusk, nestled amongst the Whairepo Lagoon Garden (aka Treasure Island). The performance will be visible from most angles around the lagoon.

Wellington Opera performers, Hannah Catrin Jones & Boyd Owen will be performing two well-loved duets: Vogliatemi bene, from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Brindisi from Verdi’s La Traviata. They will be accompanied by Mark Dorrell on keyboard.

Audiences are invited to gather round the west end of the lagoon and join us in celebrating the beginning of the movement programme.

Whairepo Lagoon Dance is a development on an earlier work by Movement Of The Human; He Wawā Waraki: Roaring Chorus, commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and heritage in 2018 in response to the Armistice Centenary.

MOTH is a company that brings together artists from all sorts of backgrounds, including dance, theatre, design, video and music. We're interested in connecting with artists and communities, and offering different perspectives on contemporary life. We've staged works as diverse as Hurihrui - an outdoor spectacle for the Commonwealth Games Arts Festival in Australia in 2018, to Meremere an intimate dance theatre work right through to directing and choreographing the World of Wearable Art Awards Show, a huge indoor arena event. What drives us is how movement, combined with music and light can tell us and make us feel so much more than words alone. Creating and being immersed in theatrical and imaginative worlds with movement is a huge adventure. We discover new things. We are inspired by other perspectives through this which we discover new understandings and ideas and possibilities of worlds beyond our own. Being creative with other artists is what drives us and the kaupapa of Movement of the Human. We collaborate. Through the process of collaboration we are able to create something more, something bigger and something more meaningful than could be created by the individual.

Thanks to Audio Avenue, Morgan Whitfield