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UCR Visiting Assistant Professor: Louise Potiki Bryant
DNCE 244: Special Topics in Dance Making
Whakaahua - Coming to Form - An indigenous approach to dance-making
An in-class showing open to campus.

Josie Bettman
Olana Flynn
Christina Leyva
Magnolia Yang Sao Yia

Nau mai, haere mai.
We would like to welcome you to TŪHONO, an in-class showing of solo works by graduate students Josie Bettman, Olana Flynn, Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, and Christina Leyva.

Each solo has been devised within the framework, principles and methodologies of Whakaahua Dance - an indigenous dance and somatic practice which arose out of Potiki Bryant’s long-term collaboration with researcher and composer Professor Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal.

Whakaahua Dance is informed by Professor Royal’s research into the historical whare tapere - Māori community houses of storytelling, dance, music, games and more. Whakaahua means to acquire form or to transform, and Whakaahua Dance draws inspiration from a central concept of the haka (dance) of the whare tapere, whereby a quality from the natural world emerges from deep within a dancer to find it’s fullest expression in the performance of the dance. The Whakaahua Dance practice offers somatic exercises and techniques for creativity, healing, choreography and movement improvisation.

The name of our showing; Tūhono means to join, bond or to connect, and is an acknowledgement of the connections we’ve made, across cultures and nations, via the sharing of the Whakaaua Dance practice.

Earlier Event: June 4
Round 1