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Te Toki Haruru (Charles Koroneho)

Ko Te Ākau is a visual arts installation and curated performance programme for live and virtual spaces, created for group and solo performances, within a design accurate, site-specific installation of lighting, sound design and video projection. The project references the collaborative works of artists Ralph Hotere and Bill Culbert and serves as the inspiration for exploring the poetics of Te Ākau, the space where the ocean meets the land, where the horizon connects land, water and sky.

The kaupapa of Ko Te Ākau is best served by ‘Mātiro Whakamua’ with a gaze firmly fixed on the horizon. The project is aesthetically futuristic and abstract, a vehicle for the past, present and future, performed by the living ancestral body of the artists.

In this shared space, performances journey us through remembrance, acknowledgement, and aspiration. The hope of a poetic land, water and sky is the horizon carried by the kaupapa, where the optimism and guidance of a human being in ceremonial performance places our imagination amongst the cosmos.

Unlike anything else, this is an exhibition, a performance, a gathering, a virtual experience, and a sharing, from one of our most extraordinary artists Charles Koroneho.

Please join us for our artist talk with Charles Koroneho on Saturday 29 October from 10.00 to 11.00am as part of our Slow Art Day.

A special Nelson Arts Festival commission.

Created by Charles Koroneho for Te Toki Haruru and in collaboration with Filament Eleven 11.

Performers: Charles Koroneho, Rosie Te Rauawhea Belvie, Victoria Hunt, Eddie Elliott, Samara Davis, Natasha Kanapé and Chris Graham.

Presented by: Go Media

Livestream events:

Wednesday 26 October - 9pm:

Friday 28 October - 8pm:

Te Toki Haruru (Charles Koroneho) 

A protean artist, Charles Koroneho works in the fields of performance, culture and the visual arts. He created Te Toki Haruru, a conceptual platform (est.1997) to explore cultural collaboration and the intersection between choreography, theatre, visual arts and design. Te Toki Haruru projects are presented as performances, exhibitions, workshops and research exploring the collision between Maoricosmology, New Zealand society and global cultures.

He is a founding member of Te Kanikani O Te Rangatahi, graduate of the NZ School of Dance and Elam School of Fine Arts. He has performed extensively in NZ and abroad with Te Toki Haruru, Lemi Ponifasio MAU, Michael Parmenter's Commotion Company, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Taiao Dance Theatre and worked in collaboration with Min Tanaka and Guillermo Gomez-Pena.


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Funded by

Thu 20 Oct - Sat 29 Oct

Exhibition (activated with live performances):
Weekdays 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturdays 10.00am - 2.00pm
Sat 29 Oct: 11.00am - 1.00pm

Opening event:
Thu 20 Oct 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Artist Talk:
Sat 29 Oct 10.00am - 11.00am

Livestream events:
Wed 26 Oct 9pm click here to view
Friday 28 Oct 8pm click here to view


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