Korou Productions is currently in the first phase of research and consultation for Åªkaipo – AÂ new dance opera in Te Reo MÄori. Â SCANZ 2013 will be an welcome opportunity for the Åªkaipo kaupapa to connect with manaÂ whenua and tangata whenua of the TaranakiÂ rohe andÂ attending interdisciplinary artists and scientists.
ÅªkaipÅÂ Celebrates the divine feminine, the mother nurturer; mother nature.
In exaltation of the natural realms of PapatÅ«Änuku and Ranginui where earth meets sea and sky, we honour the sacredness of water, our relationship to the South Pacific, distant homelands of Hawaiki and new horizons. Cloaked in a korowai of sacred forest we re-connect to ancient consciousness in a new form.
ToitÅ« te whenua, whatungarongaro te tangata.Â PapatÅ«Änuku calls for tremendous healing.Â Mankind continues to use the provisions of PapatÅ«Änuku in excessive amounts. People live and die, disappear, but land remains, what state are we, the current generations leaving our lands for future generations?
ÅªkaipÅÂ Births a new art form, merging the traditional vocal genre of classical and Avant-Garde Opera, in Te Reo MÄori with contemporary MÄori dance theatre.Â Envisaging the earthy creation of Rangi Mareikura: Heaven of the adorned sweet voiced singers.Â ÅªkaipÅ moves toward creating a celestial experience to affirm our physical, spiritual and intellectual interconnectivity with our intact but remnant environment.
ÅªkaipÅÂ Will work within MÄori and Tauira communities that promote environmental care and wish to expand their stories and their messages of resilience, conservation and sustainability.
ÅªkaipÅÂ Will engage with allied art forms and artists that desire to share in the holistic and conscious approach to this new work including fine artists, body painters and special effects, sculptors, creators of taonga, adornment makers, glass workers and multi-media and computer graphics design.
ÅªkaipÅÂ Is to be the first of its kind specifically designed to actively encourage a dedicated team of professional artists to engage in a Dance Opera in te reo MÄori, and through wÄnanga outreach to communities in Aotearoa â€“ both Rural and Urban.
ÅªkaipÅÂ Is currently in Phase One Research supported by Creative NZ Te Waka Toi Arts Grant 2011.