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Worksheet Seven: Ihi FrENZy

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Te Matarae I Orehu and the Royal New Zealand Ballet performed Ihi FrENZy in 2001. For the first time, kapa haka and ballet were combined into one performance.

"The joining of two art forms, kapa haka and ballet, has never been attempted on this scale before. It is with great excitement that we (Te Matarae I Orehu) take on this challenge in the hope that it will touch a wider audience and thereby develop a greater understanding of not only Maori performing arts, but also Maori as people. The two art forms, although from different cultural backgrounds, have much in common. We share similar protocols in dance, choreography, and training regimes. But more than this, we connect at a basic level and that is in the pursuit of excellence and passion for what we do. We have gained much from the partnership between the Ballet and ourselves, and we believe a mutual respect has developed." Wetini Mitai-Ngatai, Choreographer of Ihi

Ihi

Performed by Te Matarae I Orehu with choreography by Wetini Mitai-Ngatai and lighting design by John Rayment.

  1. What was the choreographer's intent? (What was his aim for the production?)
  2. Describe the technique required of the men during the haka.
  3. What were the reasons for the haka moves being relatively easy to perform.
  4. Describe the meaning behind the poi rhythms.
FrENZy

Performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet with choreography by Mark Baldwin, music by Split Enz, design by Tracy Grant and lighting design by John Rayment.

  1. What was the choreographer's intent?
  2. Briefly recount Mark Baldwin's description of how he develops dance moves.
  3. 'Poor Boy' is the first piece by the RNZ Ballet. Why did Mark Baldwin open with three men in white suits, and two women in black?
  4. The final part of 'Poor Boy' sees the dancers in a formation. Describe this, and the reasons behind it.
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