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Sun, 02 Apr



Manaaki Movement: Indigenous Dance Workshop with LMA

Learn Māori abroad: Join indigenous dance practitioner Jade Whaanga, to discover and experience movement and self-expression rooted within Te Ao Māori.

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Manaaki Movement: Indigenous Dance Workshop with LMA
Manaaki Movement: Indigenous Dance Workshop with LMA

Time & Location

02 Apr 2023, 11:00 am NZST


About the Event

Manaaki is to care for, protect and show generosity towards others. This class invites us to explore movements that reflect Manaaki, other Te Ao Māori concepts, and the natural world.

Through movement exploration, we seek to deepen our connection to self, others & our environment.

This workshop is an introduction to Māori movement, including; traditional movements, stories, wisdoms, and cultural understandings. If you are interested in deepening your understanding of Māori culture and /or Indigenous movement or maybe you are curious about the role movement plays in Māori culture then this workshop is for you.

Dates: (PST| NZST)

April 1st, 4 PM - 5:30PM PST | April 2nd, 11 AM - 12:30PM NZST

Manaaki Movement workshop is for all levels of movement experience and because it's on zoom you can choose when you're visible or not on screen. This is a supportive space to learn and explore.

Workshop Outline:

-Welcoming circle - Karakia - Introductions - Intentions -Historical context - Influences - acknowledgements -Mobility through natural patterns (warm-up) -Connecting to your environment from a Te Ao Māori lens -Traditional Māori movements (elements from Mau rākau-Māori martial art) -Exploring creation story through guided movement -Recap of the workshop - Integration -Closing circle - Reflections - Gratitude - Karakia

Please note: If you're unable to make the class live don't worry a replay will be sent to your email.

Your Facilitator:

Jade Whaanga is an Aotearoa (NZ) based Indigenous Dance Artist (Director/Choreographer/Performer) her whakapapa is Ngati Rakaipaaka and she was raised in Te Waipounamu. She completed her Masters in Dance Studies at The University of Auckland, Jade's research focuses on re-claiming the indigenous feminine body and healing historical trauma through dance as ritual. In 2018 she was taught mau rākau by Malcolm Kerehoma (Ngati Whatua) at Te Wananga O Aotearoa. From 2016 till present she has built and maintained a relationship with Dancing Earth (an Indigenous contemporary dance creation company based in Ogaa Po Ogeh/New Mexico, USA), contributing as a performer in 4 cities, an administrator in Yelamu/San Francisco, and Assistant Director for Between Underground & Skyworld presented in 2019-20. Practitioner at Sacred Earth Retreat Jade delivers indigenous dance workshops regularly onsite. Since 2017 she has been facilitating Hui Wāhine (women circles) and Hui Ringatoi (Creatives gatherings) at various venues as the Director of Nū Collective.

This workshop is for anyone open to learning more about Māori culture. All you need is a device to tune in on zoom, a glass or bottle of water, a little space, comfortable clothing, and an open mind. We are excited to provide this unique opportunity and look forward to sharing it with you.

For more info email Mauri ora!

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