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  • Thu 21 Jun ’12, 8:00pm
  • Fri 22 Jun ’12, 8:00pm


Allen Hall Theatre, 90 Union Street East, Dunedin


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Waged: $18.00
  • Unwaged/students: $12.00

The Puaka Matariki Festival is delighted to host the world premiere of Tumutumu, a solo full-length contemporary dance performance by acclaimed Ngāi Tahu choreographer Louise Potiki Bryant, made in collaboration with Richard Nunns and Paddy Free and with lighting design by Hans Van Leeuwen.

The tumutumu is a taonga pūoro, a percussion instrument, which can be made from various types of stone including pounamu, but can also be made from other materials such as wood. The tumutumu is very much a southern instrument, used particularly in whare wānanga (houses of learning) to accompany intoned learnings. Potiki-Bryant’s Tumutumu takes inspiration from Louise’s relationship with a particular tumutumu made from Pōhutukawa wood found on the west coast, and integrates her unique performance style, dance vocabulary and innovative video projection, with an original soundscape by Paddy Free and Richard Nunns. Each tumutumu rhythm triggers video imagery inspired by healing, growth, and renewal.

Renewal, one of the key aspects of Matariki, is the central theme of this new work. The shedding of older layers of being and the passing of knowledge (ngā taonga i tuku iho) to future generations. The process of learning with a deep connection to the rhythms and patterns found in nature (te tūmatakōkiri o te whenua), and the inward journey towards deeper reflections on our human condition, are all themes explored within this work.

Praise for the work-in-progress version of Tumutumu:

‘Louise Potiki-Bryant’s captivating work, Tumutumu, confirmed her distinct voice of video installation, solo dance and evocative sound scape.’ - The NZ Listener, Oct 2011

For more information contact:

Louise Potiki Bryant
Phone: 021 443 949
Email: louise@louisepotikibryant.co.nz

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