From the darkness comes a cold wind to crush the body, prophetic shadows transform the discontinued, an unspoken community. Unearth the Tuahu, ritual space of the unknown. Awaken body, alone, unknown and nameless, dance of anonymity. Tectonic memories petrify longing, dreams are whispered, my journey from compression to gravity’s embrace, a solemn ascension. Skeletal precipice, bone cemetery, ‘Pure’ rite, dance incantation, a cleansing utterance............
The first stage of Pure was created during my 6-month stay in Montreal 2012; it was developed as a response to a new land, the encounters with anonymity and the sense of alienation that I was experiencing. The explorative foundation of the work contains my exposure to francophone culture, the student manifestations and a growing understanding of Canadian cultural anxiety. Pure was developed in relative isolation, but spurned on by the processes of my current research.
The second stage of development, Pure was collaboratively created and completed in a 3-week Creative Residency offered by the O’Kaadenigan Wiingashk Collective (OKW) and Public Energy in Peterborough, Ontario in May 2013.
Pure is the first performance work of the Tuahu Choreographic Research Project by Te Toki Haruru Choreographer / Director Charles Koroneho.
In the Maori language ‘pure’ is the term applied to a form of ritual and karakia (incantation). An important factor in pure rituals is the action of loosening and binding. Elements regarded as dangerous are loosened from the subject of the ritual, while those regarded as beneficial are bound to it. The term expressing the loosening and binding is pure and several of the karakia used for rituals, are named pure.
Pure is a solo performance embodying the ritual loosening and binding actions of the Tohunga (shaman, skilled expert). Set in a place of thresholds, the performance works with transgression, evocative theatre and the ritual body. Collaborative processes will inform the theatre design for Pure and the specific use of video projection, live voice, visual language decisions that epitomize the design aesthetic of Te Toki Haruru.
Charles Koroneho (direction, choreography, performance and design)
Alejandro Ronceria (direction, choreography and dramaturgy)
Brad Gledhill (performance design, lighting and production)
Patti Shaughnessy (O’Kaadenigan Wiingashk Collective)
Bill Kimball (Public Energy)