Award-winning choreographer Moss Patterson (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Atamira, Black Grace, Footnote, Touch Compass Dance Company) wrangles the talent of over fifty of New Zealand’s top performers to create ONE: The Earth Rises, a compelling narrative told through rhythms of traditional kapa haka, Polynesian dance and the Chinese martial arts practice of tai chi.
A sacred taonga is unearthed within a Chinese market in the Manukau area. The Manaia, instilled with magical powers, goes on a journey of discovery across time zones and landscapes, tracing the incredible history of the Manukau region. Featuring performers from Patterson's newly formed company TOHU Dance Theatre with the Auckland Chinese Philharmonic Choir, UNITEC Performing Arts School, James Cook High School and Te Kura o Nga Tapuwae, ONE: The Earth Rises narrates a whakapapa of the Manukau region with untold stories inspired by local Maori traditions and the development of Chinese market gardens in the area.
Patterson has fused traditional and contemporary dance forms with striking live visual projections from sand artist Marcus Winter (The Sand Man) and electronic choral soundscapes from Paddy Free (Pitch Black) to bring intensity and beauty to this diverse new dance experience.
ONE: The Earth Rises is a production of the Vodafone Events Centre and TOHU Dance Theatre. It is supported through the Auckland Diversity Project Fund of Creative New Zealand and Foundation North