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Matriarchs Uprising / Talking Stick Festival
KIRI & Link
KIRI is an interdisciplinary performance combining dance, sculpture and video by choreographer and video artist, Louise Potiki Bryant, and clay artist Paerau Corneal with a hypnotic sound score by composer, Paddy Free. KIRI explores the integrity of clay in a pre-ceramic state and acknowledges the creation of Hine-ahu-one, the first woman created from earth in our Māori creation traditions. KIRI means ‘skin’ and clay is activated in contact with the dancer’s skin which in turn animates the dancer. KIRI is a conversation between a dancer and a sculptor redefining our mutual knowledge of skin and clay, movement and form and concepts of geology/ whakapapa (genealogy), the sacred and the mundane.
Link is a warrior dance, choreographed by Aria Evans, about the blockades we come across in life, focusing on the idea of forging ahead and asking the question; “What is my generation fighting for or against?”
Matriarchs Uprising brings together Indigenous women who are nurturing the art of contemporary dance so that it may be appreciated by audiences from all backgrounds. http://www.oliviacdavies.ca/matriarchs-uprising/