Pānui pāpāho | Media release
16 September 2019
From critically acclaimed and innovative theatre practitioners, Juanita Hepi, Scotty Cotter, Erina Daniels and Tola Newbery comes a surrealist performing arts medium; It is social narrative with a twist.
Join the cast as their characters emerge from fracture with modern day capitalist dystopia. Told by movement, song, sound and theatrical lyricism, Papa embraces the different and explores social struggles, struggles of Woman and of Māori.
Presented in a pop-up gallery, with a single down light and minimal props, Scotty, Juanita and Tola use physical theatre, sound, puppetry, costume and metaphor to evoke meaning. We explore many themes: politics, cultural identity, hurt, sustainability, healing, history, indigenous rights, these are all interconnected notions that manifest somewhat too easily from our shared Māori perspectives. The making is provocative, risky and stripped back to push boundaries.
Papa is meticulously crafted and expertly shaped with the support of super creatives, together they form a part of the crew and steer alongside us. Mara TK and Wairere Ropata offer us a layered soundscape to devise with and we are inspired by our master navigators and thinkers who have come before us. It is important to tell our stories in our way.
We embody kaupapa searching for sustainable solutions everywhere. Our material and resources are purposely limited, costume and all props are recycled, we focus our energy so as not to distract from the interconnectedness and service we show Papatūānuku.
We invite audiences to experience a dystopian/utopian exposé on what it is to bare the brunt of human wreckage of the land. The idea of 'think space' or 'ponderance' is a notion; an open invitation to willingly observe the un-narrative where the subtle becomes highlighted. The acute - obtuse, and duality permeates every instance.