Manaia Maori Performing Arts Company

Manaia Maori Performing Arts Company

Traditional Maori Dancers

Synopsis

The haka symbolises laying down a challenge, working as a team and celebrating achievement. Made famous by New Zealand’s All Blacks, it can involve poking out your tongue, slapping hands and stamping feet, as well as the familiar chanting and grunting. For Rugby World Cup year Manaia Maori deliver an explosive performance, explain the meaning and then teach delegates to perform ‘Ka Mate’ – stepping outside their comfort zone to experience a very different culture.

Biography

The Manaia Maori Company use traditional New Zealand dances to develop in corporate audiences the ideas of team building, celebrating achievements and laying down a challenge. Their workshops also break down barriers and inhibitions and provide an unforgettable experience.

The Haka is a vigorous, explosive dance that is steeped in New Zealand’s history and made famous recently by their national rugby team, the All Blacks, who perform it before a match. Manaia’s performers start by dancing the haka Ka Mate, in traditional costume. Then they take participants through the meaning of Ka Mate, the circumstances in which it was composed and the meaning of haka in general to Maori people. Then, the fun really starts… the participants are split into teams, brought into the arena and taught the dance. The finale consists of the teams performing Ka Mate, often in competition with each other.

The workshops are usually between thirty minutes to one hour long and can be tailored to meet specific requirements. They give corporate participants the opportunity to experience a unique culture, try something very different, to step outside their comfort zones, be expressive…and of course to have fun!

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