Pōwhiri: Ritual Ceremony of Encounter

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Remembering the military origins of the rites, this multi-media work asks:  “Do you come as friend, or foe?”

Digital Pōwhiri is a wero, a challenge, tackling questions of privilege and power.  The warriors’ haka is extended into a high-tech ritual that dynamically links ancestors with the living.

This work blurs the boundaries between science and art, combining Māori, Polynesian and global dance forms with multi-screen film and graphics, to create a mind-altering physical and sensory experience.

20 minutes