Solo dance artist Victoria Hunt uses movement, sound and image to tell a story. The themes are heritage, tradition and reclamation; the subject is Hinemihi, a ceremonial meeting house that once stood in their native land Aotearoa/New Zealand. Paying tribute to their foremother, the sacred structure that was taken to England following a volcanic eruption in 1886, they merge narrative with gesture. The result is a polemical work of beauty.
Visual projection and effects, powerfully evocative sound, beautifully suggestive dancing and Hunt’s use of their native language immerse us in their heart while still leaving room for contemplation. The Māori language holds within it a truth that is communicated without the audience’s literal understanding. At times Hunt fractures themself, both visually and otherwise, but what emerges in the end is a unified work of art—powerful, persuasive and utterly unique.
There is no single word to address the depth and complexities of Victoria Hunt’s work… [It] reverberates with personal narrative [and] political tensions. —Australian Stage
CREATOR, DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER Victoria Hunt VIDEO DESIGNER Boris Bagattini LIGHTING DESIGNERS Boris Bagattini, Clytie Smith PRODUCTION MANAGER Clytie Smith SOUND DESIGNER, COMPOSER James Brown SOUND BY Horomona Horo, Densil Cabrera, Bob Scott COSTUME DESIGNER Annemaree Dalziel INSTALLATION DESIGNER Hedge KIA WHAKAMANAWA Charles Koroneho MOVEMENT CONSULTANT Tess de Quincey PRODUCER Fenn Gordon for Tandem SUPPORTED BY The Australian government through Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; auspiced by Performance Space ORIGINALLY PRODUCED with funding support from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; NSW Government through Arts NSW, Critical Path and Performance Space DEVELOPED WITH assistance from: Performance Space; Department of Performance Studies (University of Sydney); Creative Practice Lab (UNSW); Queen Street Studio; Artful Management and Ausdance NSW