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KO TE ĀKAU | Poetics of Land, Water and Sky


Ko Te Ākau — Poetics of Land, Water and Sky is a new installation and performance work created by visionary and internationally renowned artist Charles Koroneho in collaboration with Filament Eleven 11.

Ākau is where the ocean meets the land, the horizon connects land, water and sky. A meeting place of difference, the in-between and situational, an encounter with duration and the ephemeral. An unlikely collaboration of the formation of new spaces, the performance of community, poetry and ancestral bodies.

Ko Te Ākau references the works of artists Ralph Hotere and Bill Culbert. Their creative exchanges and collaborative works serve as the inspiration for exploring the poetics of the Ākau, a site-specific installation designed for the Refinery ArtSpace and hosting a program of daily performances throughout the festival and into the week of Te Mana Kuratahi.

Join us for a series of special ceremonial performances to open Nelson Arts Festival from 5 - 7pm on Thursday 21 October, or for daily performance activations throughout the festival. The installation will also be live whenever the gallery is open.


Unlike anything else, this special Whakatū commission is an exhibition, a performance, a gathering, and a sharing, from one of our most extraordinary artists.


A special Nelson Arts Festival commission.


Charles Koroneho (photo Tim Cuff)


Charles Koroneho is the creative director of Te Toki Haruru, 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 Aotearoa and abroad with Te Toki Haruru, MAU, Royal NZ Ballet Company and worked in collaboration with Min Tanaka, Guillermo Gomez-Pena and La Pocha Nostra. In 2014 he was awarded The Arts Foundation of NZ Arts Laureate for Dance, and he has recently returned to Aotearoa after years of working in performance collaboration with Indigenous and artistic communities from around the globe.

Thurs 21 Oct - Sat 6 Nov


5pm - 7pm

LIVE PERFORMANCE ACTIVATIONS: Weekdays 10am, 1pm, 4pm | Saturdays 10am, 1pm

INSTALLATION OPEN: Weekdays 10am - 5pm | Saturdays 10am - 2pm


Content Warning: Bright lights, dark spaces, partial nudity

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