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Tahitian Dance Workshop (POEMOANA) Brisbane
Wed. 29 March 2017, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm AEST
Who is Poemoana?
Poemoana Teriinohorai is one of Tahiti's most iconic dancers paving the way in traditional dance arts with her culturally innovative style.
Discovered at age 12 for her raw talent Poemoana would spend the following years of her life dedicated to traditional dance art by performing every year at Tahiti's famous Heiva festival and other significant cultural manifestations at home and abroad. In 2005 she joined Tahiti's premiere dance group 'O Tahiti E and had the privilege of representing them in the solo event in 2009 which then led her to become the groups main choreographer. She was also named vice-champion of the world in 2015 during the Tahitian dancing world championships. In 2016 she decided to launch her solo career and spread her unique passion and love for her native dance to the world describing in her own words that "Tahitian dancing is rooted in our traditions and as we express ourselves through dance, we represent our ancestors and our culture. For this reason, I vow to uphold our traditions by dance expression in order to maintain our mana and to share my passion with the world"
Te 'Ori a Matari'i
Poemoana in collaboration with rising star Steve Chailloux, professor of Tahitian language and author, have developed a new workshop concept that is both stimulating and culturally appropriate. Te 'Ori a Matari'i literraly means 'The dance of Pleiades' which in Tahitian culture signifies the renewal of life and abundance. In ancient times this period was welcomed by the 'Arioi sacred messengers of 'Oro the god of life and death who would perform rituals of fertility through dance. Throughout the workshops Poemoana will be immersing students in the Tahitian culture by teaching dance moves specifically developed for the theme and interpreted in the Tahitian language as to provide a full sensory stimulation experience. An interesting and unique insight into the world of Tahitian dance that will transport participants to an exotic place.
The workshop runs for 3hours and is divided in three distinct sections which are basic gestures and Matari'i dance moves, physical warm up to island drumming and then learning the 'Te Ori a Matari'i dance choreography which will be performed by students at the end. Poemoana has also developed a workshop system that is able to cater for women of all levels and backgrounds.