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Paniora!

When:

Tue 8 Apr 2014, 6:30pm
Wed 9 Apr 2014, 6:30pm
Thu 10 Apr 2014, 8:00pm
Fri 11 Apr 2014, 8:00pm
Sat 12 Apr 2014, 8:00pm

Where: Maidment Theatre, 8 Alfred St, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Co-produced with the New Zealand Festival and presented in association with Okareka Dance Company.

"...An extraordinary piece of theatre... storytelling, dance, music, family melodrama, and a touch of farce and sprinkling of magic realism... thrilling..." - Dominion Post
"...visually stunning production..." - New Zealand Listener
"...The performances from the cast were amazing - Miriama Smith lit the place up every time she took the stage..." - www.stuff.co.nz (Ngahiwi Apanui)

A thousand whanau secrets are woven into fate as an East Coast hapu fights to preserve its unique heritage. The Paniora have Spanish blood coursing through their veins. Prosperous, passionate and proud, the Hotai-Martinez family lives in an elegant homestead where they speak Spanish, eat tapas and dance the flamenco. Yet, beneath their fervent pride, they have demons to face; the one thing that can bring the Paniora - their "casta" or spirit - together is the thing that's driving them apart.

Briar Grace-Smith is an award-winning writer of theatre, film and short fiction and is of Nga - Puhi descent. Her plays have won wide acclaim both nationally and on international tours and her first screenplay, The Strength of Water, was selected for screening at Rotterdam and Berlin film festivals.

Arts Foundation Laureate, Briar Grace-Smith is undoubtedly one of New Zealand's most exciting playwrights. Her work is at once contemporary and deeply bedded in Maori mythology. In Paniora!, Briar works Spanish and the culture of the bullfight into the mix. A potent blend of dance, drama, magic realism and soul-stirring music, Paniora! features leading Maori actors and Tai Royal and dancers from Okareka Dance Company. - Colin

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