Haka

Te Matatini

Assembly Hall

From 13 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Rating: ****

Review by Catherine Lamm

What fun watching the Maori performers, who come from all over the globe. We get a very brief history of the Maori but mostly we get dances that reflect their culture.

Our narrator takes us from the beginning through the war in 1968. We're also told that different tribes battle each other as well as participate in other wars throughout the world.

The women are graceful and the men are ferocious. The costumes are traditional as are the tattoos that mark their bodies, head to foot.

The choreography is traditional. The direction works for the material.

What’s not to like? We are introduced to a culture that we rarely come into contact with in our day to day lives. So we learn something. What could be bad? Another great production for adults and families.