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Interactive Puppet Show called Matariki

This is an ancient story of how the constellation called Matariki was formed. Matariki is a participatory show where children are invited into our papa-tu-nuku theatre to puppeteer handcrafted traditional karetao; a solar system is created by the audience puppeteering planets and stars, with the story directed and narrated by Jeffrey and Whaitaima. This show was premiered at Te Papa as part of their 2007 Matariki Festival, and most recently performed at the 2008 Nelson Winter Festival.

Artist Information

Arhythmatic Company


Phone: 07 378 2229 or 02102366629

Email: whaitaima@arhythmatic.co.nz


Skills - Puppetry. Whaitaima Te Whare & Jeffrey Addison founded Toro Pikopiko Puppet Theatre in 1995. Since then we have toured nationally and performed original musical puppet shows at primary schools and festivals. Created the TV series 'Toro Pikopiko E! for Maori Television from 2004-2007. We are currently touring and booking an interactive show for primary school children with an astronomical theme called
'Matariki' - that premiered at 'Te Papa' in 2007.

Music workshops - (global percussion, indigenous instruments).

Arhyhthmatic (A kinesthetic program featuring live drumming and moving to numeric patterns. Can be taught in both English and Te Reo Maori.)

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Drama

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Puppetry

Languages Spoken: English, Maori character names

Target Age Group: Junior Primary, Middle Primary, Senior Primary

Preferred Group Size: Large (20+)

Regions: National


2009 - April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Space and Resources Required: CD player, DVD player

Indicative Costs:


Mode of Delivery: Performance

Cultural Context: European, European, Asian, Pasifika, Maori


Another Dance Company moved from the U.K to New Zealand in August 2010.

A.D.C's work includes;
- professional contemporary choreography & performance
- dance education for young people and adults within formal education and the community
- project management.

Our dance education work includes performance projects, cross-curricular work, dance P.E, extended schools clubs and S.E.N projects.

Performance projects range from choreographing dance with young people to planning, creating and managing performance events.

Another Dance Company create cross-curricular projects to engage young people in curriculum subjects through dance. A.D.C's main focus in this area so far has been to bring literature to life through movement. A.D.C. secured funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation (U.K.) to work with 6 different schools on a dance and text project. Each group created a dance based upon a story, which they went on to perform. The entire project was conceived, planned, choreographed and managed by A.D.C.

Another Dance Company deliver dance P.E. sessions with a focus upon developing and refining movement skills. Sessions can include music and drama components for a more holistic performing arts experience.

A.D.C facilitate longer term in-depth projects with a real focus on the development of young people. Dance is the medium to achieve change in other areas of young people's lives. Agreed specific aims, decided with the school and pupils, steer the content of the delivery. Through Creative Partnerships (a flagship government initiative in the U.K) Another Dance Company have delivered focused projects to raise confidence and aspirations, and to improve reading and writing skills.

Another Dance Company create and deliver sessions and performance projects for young people with special educational needs. Past projects have included regular sessions leading to performances, intensive arts week dance activities, and youth group projects. A.D.C work in both primary and secondary S.E.N. schools as well as with community groups.

Another Dance Company deliver a range of adult projects.
Past work includes;
-teaching the dance & movement component of the Circus in Performance Course at Greentop Circus,
-leading adult community sessions,
-establishing and organising Sheffield Dance Collective; monthly workshops with guest teachers for the professional dance community.

A.D.C create and facilitate inset training days for teachers. Mentoring programmes support performing arts specialists working in education. Another Dance Company devise and manage projects from conception to evaluation.

Laura Aldridge, artistic director of Another Dance Company, has a BPA in Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (U.K) and 4 years experience in dance education.

Programme Information


The Nelson Mail-Thursday July 17 2008. The 40 minute show enlisted the help of 20 children to be puppeteers. Older children crouched behind screens and others in the audience raised painted moons and planets when prompted.Lots of toddlers got to be star puppets.Using traditional stick puppets with carved wooden heads and taniko woven bodies called karetao.All the performances during the Festival were sold out and received by enthusiastic audiences.

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes

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