Charles Koroneho

Tua o Te Arai - beyond the veil, after death

26 March 8pm

■ post performance talk


A solo performance investigation by veteran experimental artist Charles Koroneho.

Shrouded in mystery, the passage of the dead in Maori ancestral stories is relayed as a series of arduous tests to complete on their way to the spiritual homeland of Hawaiki. The journey converges at Te Oneroa a Tohe (Ninety Mile Beach), a symbolic vista curving its way to Te Rerenga Wairua - Leaping place of spirits.

A spiritual hiatus takes place at Te Arai, a resting place for spirits, a site for talismans created by the dead, symbols of a life lived, lamentation artefacts, remembrance objects both real and abstract.  Repose, pathways of land, ocean and sky.

Crawl, walk, run, and dance Te Arai, a world beyond ours, transit of the departed, ephemeral footsteps, relentless journey.

Te Toki Haruru - the resounding adze

Charles Koroneho works in the fields of performance and culture. He created Te Toki Haruru (est 1997) to explore cultural collaboration and the intersection between dance, theatre and design. His projects are presented as performances, research workshops and arts collaborations exploring the collision between Maori cosmology, New Zealand society and global cultures.

Koroneho is a founding member of Te Kanikani o Te Rangatahi, a graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance and Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. He has performed extensively in New Zealand and abroad with Te Toki Haruru, MAU, Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and worked in collaboration with Min Tanaka, Guillermo Gomez-Pena and La Pocha Nostra.

Koroneho shares his vision of dance and performance by providing movement, improvisation classes and creative workshops for dancers, actors and performance artists. He supports the arts community as a choreographer, collaborative director, cultural consultant and mentor.

Charles Koroneho was awarded The Arts Foundation of New Zealand Arts Laureate for Dance, 2014. He was appointed Adjunct Professor 2017 -18, HOD Contemporary Dance Program 2020, Faculty of Creative Industries, Unitec Institute of Technology.



Photography : Courtney Rodgers