Te Whaimana Robinson
Whaimana is a long-term member of Ngāti Ranana London Māori Club and has performed with the kapa haka group all around the world. Recently returning from Te Uruwera, where she has been learning about the ancient healing stone of Pounamu, her love for her Māori culture is apparent in her ongoing commitment to her performance practice.
Tihei Mauri Ora, Performance 2019 Tihei Mauri Ora re-tells the Māori creation story of the first wahine (woman) and the origin life giving breath, the hongi. Tihei Mauri Ora presents a narrative through whakatauki (proverbs) and tauparapara (chants), in the form of stylised contemporary haka bringing physicality to the whakapapa (geneaology) of the atua (gods) and Papatuanuku (the earth mother). Taonga Pūoro (treasured sound) frames our storytelling, a celebration of interconnectedness between all life, the progeny of Papatuanuku, which is carried in our breath and presents itself in our sacred greeting, the Hongi.
hONgi, Performance 2019 (written by Jo Walsh 2013) This audience participative performance was originally written for SaVAge SEAnce: An Invitation to Activate Your Ancestry for Hostings12: Ghost-dance II in 2013. hONgi was re-activated for QAGOMA’s APT8 in Brisbane and will take on another form in collaboration with Peta Maria Tunanui & TANGATA MOANA.
E noho nei au (by Che Wilson 2006), Performance, 2019 This moteatea is a chant written in ancient waiata form specifically for the Maori taonga currently displayed in the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum, London. The words of ‘E noho nei au’ were displayed as part of the British Museum exhibition ‘Power and Taboo: Sacred objects from the eastern Pacific’ in 2006. ‘E noho nei au’ translates to ‘Waiting for Warmth.