TUHONONGA - CONNECTION
CREATIVITY, RESEARCH AND FACILITATION 2017
TUHONONGA is a project to facilitate
international exchange with First Nations dance companies,
independent contemporary dance practitioners and their respective
communities in Vancouver-Montreal, Canada, Skagastrond, Iceland and
Connection and the Tuhononga Crowd
Dear friends, colleagues and supporters,
Tena koutou, my name is Charles Koroneho. I am an independent
artist, choreographer and director seeking your support for my
latest project Tuhononga. This is my first Boosted campaign and
aspirate to establish a crowd to share with and support my creative
vision of international and community exchange.
I ask you to join my Boosted campaign and invite you to be part
of the Tuhononga Crowd. Follow me offshore, connect, meet and
observe the artists and communities I will be exchanging with and
creatively sharing space.
I am asking for your assistance to raise $5000 to fund the costs
of my travel, accommodation and living expenses for the duration of
the project. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated; I welcome
your support and have a genuine desire to share my creative,
research and facilitation experiences with you, the Tuhononga
Whano, whano! Haramai Te Toki Haruru! Haumi ē! Hui ē!
Proceed, proceed! Come to The Resounding Adze! Join! Gather!
Who am I working with?
Tuhononga begins late January in Sydney, Australia with Dance
artist Victoria Hunt. I will be working with her as a collaborative
director on the re-staging of her performance Tangi Wai - the cry
of water. Following on, I will facilitate the first Tua o Te Arai
performance workshop, a 5-day workshop intensive at Critical
Victoria Hunt: Tangi Wai -
cry of water
Critical Path: Tua o Te
In March I will attend the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival
in Vancouver, Canada hosted by The Dancers of Damelahamid, Museum
of Anthropology and festival programs with the Dance Centre and
University of British Colombia. In late March-April I will be
convening a Tua o Te Arai residency in Skagastrond, Iceland in
collaboration with Kerryn McMurdo New Zealand Dance artist and
Iceland based Co-director of the NES Artist Residency.
NES Artist Residency: Tua o Te Arai
In mid-April, I will facilitate a Tua o Te Arai performance
workshop, a 5-day workshop intensive at Studio 303, a Montreal
based dance organization that provides professional artist
workshops, supports live art, the development of emerging practices
in contemporary dance and interdisciplinary performance. I will
continue and remain in Montreal to work with ONISHKA to present The
Song, for the Indigenous Contemporary Scene, OFFTA.
Studio 303: Tua o Te
Onishka: Indigenous Contemporary
What is the Idea?
1. Tua o Te Arai is a new performance project I
am developing to explore bereavement, funeral practices and
lamentation songs, an aspiration to symbolically crossover to the
lifeless and contemplate the various viewpoints of an afterlife and
the creative possibilities of the unknown. Tua o Te Arai has a
deeply contestable subject matter. However I believe it is
important to bring to bare an indigenous viewpoint to the idea and
exchange it with diverse cultural, political and creative
perspectives. At the present, Tua o Te Arai forms a critical
element for my work, offering possible pathways and understandings
of the passage of death, how it affects our life experience and
informs my engagement with performance as a transformative art.
How I am going to explore the idea?
Residency and Workshops
- Critical Path, Sydney Australia, January 23-27 2017
- NES Artist Residency, Skagastrond Iceland, March 27 - April 14
- Studio 303, Montreal Canada, April 17-21 2017
What work will I be performing?
2. The Song is a performance of poetic
retrieval, a moment in time capturing the lives, voices and bodies
of tribal leaders and singers living in 1950's New Zealand. The
performance explores the ethnographer and informant as an eloquent
paradox; my intention is to perform as an ancestor of today, to
experience the use of esoteric language and poetry to occupy an
ethnographic space. The objective of the work is the ceremonial
transformation of the space and the songs contextual return to
their spiritual and cosmological origins.
Where/who are presenting the performances?
- First Nations Coastal Dance Festival, Museum of Anthropology
Vancouver Canada, Dancers of Damelahamid.
- NES Artist Residency, Skagastrond Iceland, NES Artist
Residency/Te Toki Haruru.
- OFFTA Festival, Montreal Canada, Indigenous Contemporary
Other Workshops and Master-classes
- Culture Workshop, Indigenous Studies Program, University of
- Masterclass - Movement Culture Series, The Dance Centre,
Museum of Anthropology
The Dance Centre
New performance project in Montreal.
5 MONTHS AGO
Thank you to all the Tuhononga donors for helping the campaign reach our goal! Now that we have exceeded the campaign funding goal, I am pleased to share with you the announcement of a new project in Montreal I have accepted to support, as an artistic and cultural consultant. I will be staying in Montreal for two extra weeks during rehearsals and propose using the extra funds to cover public transport costs, expenses and accommodation.
I am looking forward to working with my Montreal based colleagues, Mexican choreographer/performers Leticia Vera and Carlos Rivera on their new creation;
El buen vestir (The good dress) - Tlakentli
Combining dance and theater, El buen vestir - Tlakentli offers a journey through genealogy and hybrid universes where colonial and indigenous languages coexist. Starting with clothing and the notion of conformity, the creators and interpreters Leticia Vera and Carlos Rivera explore the "second skins" that we dress and question the risk of identity erasure. What does "North American North" belong to when crossing borders?
Part of the Aboriginal Art Spring 3, from April 26 to June 3, 2017
A multidisciplinary program by Ondinnok Productions, reflecting the current environment of Aboriginal arts that looks at the history of official history in the context of the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal. Through its artistic actions, this event brings together reconciliation, participates in the reconquest of memory and imagination by daring to dream what tomorrow will be.
It is with your generous support that I am able to work with these two artists and achieve my aspiraations for Tuhononga- Connections.
Nga mihi mahana,
Tua o Te Arai - Artists and discussions
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Tua o Te Arai Movement Explorations
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