POROPITI at the Basement theatre for Matariki Festival



From the critically acclaimed songwriter and performer Mara TK. And innovative theatre practitioner Tola Newbery comes a beautiful surrealist duet. A meditation on pre-European Aotearoa, the emergence of Māori prophetic movements (including those of T W Ratana and Te Whiti) and their fracture with modern day capitalist dystopia.

Told in movement, song, sound and theatrical lyricism, Poropiti (The “Prophet”) evokes the surreal and avant-garde as well as deep aspects of Māori indigenous history.

Poropiti plays at the Basement Theatre Auckland June 20-24 2017. 55 Minutes duration.

A 20 minute development showing of Poropiti premiered last summer at both the Putahi Festival Wellington, and during the RAW season to international delegates at Auckland International Arts Festival 2017. At Basement Theatre for Matariki 2017 we premier the completed work.

Through this work we are searching for new methods through which to confront our history. AV, movement and song allow us to re-enter this history under our own terms, and we hope that everyone will come along for the ride.” Mara TK.

From out of the eternal darkness, comes the spirit of truth, the inspiration for forbearance and strength.

The ark by which we are to be saved today is stout-heartedness, and flight is death. Let this sink into the ears of all, including the children. There is nothing about fighting today, but for glorification of God, and peace in the land. The canoe by which we are saved is forbearance…Let us wait for the end; there is nothing else for us. Let us abide calmly on the land. Many generations wished to see this day, but we, a blind, small and a despised people, have been chosen and glorified this day.” Te Whiti o Rongomai

Poropiti plays:

Dates: 20-24 June 8pm, 24 June 3pm Matinee (part of the Basement Matariki season)

Venue: Basement Theatre Lower Greys Ave Auckland City

Tickets: $25 standard, $22.50 / $20 concessions.

Bookings: phone iticket 09 3611000

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