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The Body Festival - Nohopuku

The Body Festival - Nohopuku

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  • Fri 14 Oct ’11, 8:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Sat 15 Oct ’11, 8:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Sun 16 Oct ’11, 8:00pm – 9:00pm


Hagley Community College, 510 Hagley Avenue, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Concessions: $15.00
  • General admission: $18.00

Nohopuku is a three-part collaboration between choreographer/ video artist Louise Potiki Bryant and electronic musician Paddy Free (of Pitch Black) incorporating dance, installation, multimedia and live electronic music.

Part one, Dreams of Space Shifting, is a meditation on identity and transformation. Louise’s unique dance style intersects with a projected videoscape, blurring the boundaries between film and live performance. During a 2009 choreographic internship in Toronto, Canada, Louise sketched images of her body’s metaphorical inner landscape responding to various experiences.

In part two, The Language of the Land, Paddy Free performs a live electronica / video piece incorporating taonga puoro (traditional Maori instruments) with dub and electronica elements. Natural rhythms and video textures invoke the raw beauty of Aotearoa’s wild West Coast.

Part three is Tumutumu. The tumutumu is a percussion instrument - a taonga puoro used particularly in Southern whare wananga (houses of learning) to accompany intoned learnings.

This collaboration between Louise and Paddy is inspired by the rhythms, tones and voices created by this instrument. Each tumutumu rhythm triggers video imagery inspired by personal healing and growth.

‘Stand-out Performer’ (Dunedin Fringe Festival 2010)

‘Best Dance’ (Dunedin Fringe Festival 2010)

‘Best of Fringe’ (Dunedin Fringe Festival 2010)

Artists Louise Potiki Bryant and Paddy Free

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