He ora takirua, he mate takitahi!
“The smallest indivisible human unit is two people, not one; one is a fiction. From such nets of souls societies, the social world, human life springs.” Tony Kushner
Tākina te kawa o Rua!
Me pakiaka te tū ki te more o te whēnua, ko tōna iho ki te rua o Matariki.
Me aro ki te hā o te reo me ōna tikanga.
Papawharikihia te ara ē te ngawari kia rongo ai te rangi-o-marie.
Ki te ruku i te wānanga, ā tōna wā ka pūrangi aho, ko Takirua ki te wheiao, ki te ao marama!
Haumi ē, hui ē, tāiki ē!
Embrace the principles of Ruaumoko; of passion, of gut instinct
and of transformational change.
Embed yourself in the context of this land,
connecting always to those who have gone before us.
Be conscious and curious to the life and potential of Te Reo Māori
and its principles of relational practice;
Be easeful so we might witness new works that
explores the depth and breadth of creative expression
in coherent and aligned ways;
Actively seek opportunities to wānanga, for it is here
our people resource can grow, share, celebrate and challenge.
This we call Takirua and in its time Takirua practice will
be understood and valued in the world.
We do this together, and so it will be!
For 30 years, Taki Rua has provided a foundation for the expression of Māori voices. By challenging and evolving the definition of theatre in Aotearoa, we have provoked new work and delivered it to expanding audiences. We acknowledge that our efforts are based on the foundations of those who have gone before us. We’re the conspiracy of our ancestors; part of our work aims to ensure their voices are still heard today.
The other part of our work is to continue being curious about who we are. We believe that our collective experience, our history and future, represents the hard stone we are here to carve. We extend this sentiment as a standing invitation to keep engaging with our artists, our audiences and our people.
Our current challenge is to give a new voice to the questions addressing Takiruatanga. What does it mean to be in relationship with another? How can the application of the principles of Tikanga Marae transport us into new places and enhance relationships and understandings in Aotearoa and internationally? How might Taki Rua frame these explorations as expressions of theatre and the performing arts?
20 years after it burst onto the stages of the world, writer John Broughton’s iconic piece of Kiwi theatre returns.
Michael James Manaia is a poignant story about a New Zealand man who, after returning from the Vietnam War, finds himself at odds with his culture, his history and his memories. Packed full of dynamic theatrical action and colourful characters, we follow his journey through childhood, family, love, grief, violence, conflict and passion.
After premiering at Wellington’s Downstage Theatre in 1991, this heart-wrenching One-man show went on to th... info