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Worksheet Seven: Ihi FrENZy - Answers

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PLEASE NOTE: THESE ANSWERS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED FROM INFORMATION GAINED FROM THE IHI FRENZY VIDEO AND TEACHER AND STUDENT RESPONSES. SOME ARE SUGGESTED ANSWERS AND ARE OPEN TO OTHER INTERPRETATIONS. OTHERS NEED FURTHER EXPLORATION AND EXPLANATION.

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?) To tell a story; to reenact the lives of their ancestors; a tribute to their ancestors; to connect with people of today who may not often see kapa haka performed.
  2. Describe the technique required of the men during the haka. Precision; repetition; slow deliberate moves; warriors focussing on the terrain; 'on guard' movements
  3. What were the reasons for the haka moves being relatively easy to perform. Before going into battle, thousands of warriors would perform a haka in unison. This was visually effective - it demonstrated to the opposition a sense of power. Because the moves were in unison, they had to be relatively easy for everyone to perform. If you weren't in unison, you didn't go into battle.
  4. Describe the meaning behind the poi rhythms. TIKANA = meaning behind the moves Waves; waka paddles; beating of the heart; rhythms of life
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? To entertain; bring basic ballet technique into the contemporary style; to use Split ENZ music - raw music for everyone to enjoy
  2. Briefly recount Mark Baldwin's description of how he develops dance moves. Layering; moves based upon the music; to copy and reflect the tune and movement exactly; the meaning behind the movements is explained to the dancers to help them perform; accepts ideas from the dancers as well
  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? Tim Finn - had a boring job; wanted to be a pop star Three men - repetitive; regimented moves like a soldier; drudgery in the workplace Girls - fantasy; tempting men with what they haven't got
  4. The final part of 'Poor Boy' sees the dancers in a formation. Describe this, and the reasons behind it. Waka moving in waves; women in the middle, protected by the men; women are the carriers of life.
  Ihi and FrENZy
Similarities Precision; unison moves; upright and erect posture; history can be traced; evolved over time; jumps, hops; specific male and female roles
Differences Ihi uses props and body percussion; Ihi - grounded movements Ihi - voice, breath, eyes (pukana) - uses all the body; Ballet - light, off the floor; Ballet - women en pointe; Ballet - lifted by men Costuming and music

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