Iti Kahuraki (Kāi Tahu)
“Whāia te iti kahuraki, ki te tuohu koe, me he mauka teitei.” “Seek the treasure you value most dearly, and if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.”
This whakataukī is about perseverance and endurance, and is a central theme for Ōtautahi-born Kahuraki Bronsson-George’s show.
Kahuraki created this show in his third year of the Circus course at Whitireia, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, as a way of exploring his whakapapa and Māoritaka, combining Māori theatre with Circus arts. His inspiration was the show Māui: One Man Against the Gods, by Taki Rua Theatre Company in 2006.
In a show that makes use of dynamic movement, storytelling, te reo Māori in mita Kāi Tahu and projected imagery, Iti Kahuraki has been described as “visceral, heart-warming and important.”