Hatupatu | Kurungaituku: A Forbidden Love

Presented by Taki Rua
Thursday 7 March 2024 – Sunday 10 March 2024
Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Taki Rua presents the FNZ national tour of Hatupatu | Kurungaituku: A Forbidden Love.

Hatupatu | Kurungaituku : A Forbidden Love is a story of survival and love between the young Te Arawa warrior Hatupatu and the unique bird woman that is Kurungaituku.

Combining breathtaking aerials, kapa haka and an immersive multi-media performance environment, the predominantly standing audience will experience the bird realm fly over the audience’s heads; led by the omnipresent Kurungaituku. In a De La Guarda inspired immersive environment, Artistic Director Tānemahuta Gray; (Māui – One Man Against The Gods, Tiki Taane Mahuta), brings his experience performing with this world leading aerial theatre company, to share this unique performance genre with New Zealand audiences nationwide. Tānemahuta joins forces with Wetini Mītai-Ngātai, leader of the two time Te Mataini winning national kapa haka rōpū Te Mararae i o Rehu to present a contemporary Māori theatrical experience you will not want to miss.

Based on the Te Arawa iwi kōrero of Hatupatu and the bird woman, this thrilling aerial production by Taki Rua will envelop you in an immersive multi-media experience that evokes the forests and thermal forces of Rotorua.

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