Enjoy a cultural evening of dance with Mana Wahine by Okareka, one of New Zealand’s most prolific and sought-after dance companies. The performance features an all-female work that draws strength from traditional Maori culture. Presented by Ballet Hawaii and Tim Bostock Productions, Mana Wahine by Okareka will be on Friday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Hawaii Theatre.
Mana Wahine features a performance comprising five dancers, choreography, music and tikanga Maori. It's inspired by the true story of Te Aokapurangi, a young woman from Rotorua who was captured in battle. She returns to her homeland years later to single-handedly save her people. Te Aokapurangi's courage and fearlessness influence this show's choreography.
“This performance celebrates the essence of life and death,” says Tim Bostock of Tim Bostock Productions. “Mana Wahine (‘Powerful Woman’) emulates the journey from creature to motherhood, life force to the spirit world, the honoring of mother earth and sky father.”
Established in 2007, Okareka was created to combine indigenous Maori themes with contemporary dance to create diverse works. Through set design, costumes and choreography, the company strives to tell spiritual, bold stories that are from New Zealand.
Ticket prices range from $27-67, and you can purchase them in person at Hawaii Theatre Box Office, online at hawaiitheatre.com or call 528-0506.
Frolic is partnering with Ballet Hawaii to give away two tickets to Mana Wahine by Okareka. To enter the giveaway, complete the entry form below. By entering this giveaway, you agree to receive emails from Frolic Hawaii/Ballet Hawaii. We’ll be picking the winners on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at 10 a.m. Good luck!