BIRD LIKE MEN

Tararua

ABOUT

“Tararua draw on personal history, the inspiration of ancient stories and knowledge, and the dark beauty of this country”

Drawing inspiration from Māori rock art depictions of bird people at the Maerewhenua site in Otago, whānau manuscripts of Tikao and kōrero from Kāi Tahu Whānui, Bird Like Men is a contemplation on migration and travel and the deeply embedded desire that draws us to return to our spiritual homelands.

This multimedia performance brings together the artistry of Ariana Tikao, Ruby Solly, Al Fraser and Phil Boniface with visual artist, Louise Pōtiki Bryant, weaving together sound worlds from both te ao Māori and te ao Pākehā. Tararua’s evocative music combines taonga pūoro, waiata, karakia and pūrākau (story) with a strong southern Māori influence, partnered with the western instrumental elements of the cello and double bass.

We thank Te Rūnanga o Moeraki for permission to use the bird-man motif from rock art at Maerewhenua. Artwork by Ruby Solly.

PROGRAMME

BIRD LIKE MEN will include music from Tararua’s album of the same name

THE PERFORMERS

Ariana Tikao vocals and taonga pūoro
Ruby Solly taonga pūoro, cello
Phil Boniface double bass
Alistair Fraser taonga pūoro
Louise Pōtiki Bryant digital imagery

MEDIA

INFORMATION

TOUR DATES
13 May – 23 July 2022

DURATION
100 minutes including an interval

LOCATIONS
Wellington, Tauranga, Dunedin, Christchurch, Gisborne & Auckland

PRICE RANGE*
$39

*prices exclude ticketing and booking fees.

GENRE
Contemporary Classical, Traditional Māori

WHEN AND WHERE

WELLINGTON

Fri 13 May at 7.00pm

Public Trust Hall

TAURANGA

Sat 21 May at 7.00pm

Tauranga Art Gallery

DUNEDIN

Fri 27 May at 7.00pm

Glenroy Auditorium

CHRISTCHURCH

Sat 28 May at 7.00pm

The Great Hall

GISBORNE

Sat 9 July at 7.00pm

Lawson Field Theatre

AUCKLAND

Sat 23 July at 7.00pm

Māngere Arts Centre