Tawata Productions, Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Created by Yvette Nolan, Miria George,
Hone Kouka, & Jamie McCaskill
A Native Earth Performing Arts & Tawata Productions Partnership
Thu Nov 20 @ 7:30pm
Aki Studio Theatre
Waka/Ciimaan are the Maori and Anishinaabemowin words for “canoe”. We recognize that water – wai in Māori, nibi in Anishinaabemowin – is a driving force in both our creation stories and ultimately the connecting link between all of humanity.
Tawata Productions will be at the W27 festival thanks to the support of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.
See Waka/Ciimaan as a part of the Weesageechak Begins to Dance 27 Festival with a $50 Festival Pass. Learn more
Yvette Nolan is a playwright, dramaturge and director who was born in Prince Albert Saskatchewan and raised in Winnipeg. Her plays include BLADE, Job’s Wife, Video, Annie Mae’s Movement, Scattering Jake, Donne In and What Befalls the Earth. She is the editor of Beyond the Pale and co-editor of Refractions: Solo. She has been the writer-in-residence at Brandon University, Mount Royal College and the National Arts Centre. Nolan served as Artistic Director for Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto from 2003 – 2011.
Hone Kouka (Ngati Porou, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Kahungunu) is an acclaimed Maori writer, winner of the Bruce Mason Award (1992) and multiple Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. He has had plays produced in South Africa, Britain, Hawaii, Canada, Australia, New Caledonia, as well as throughout New Zealand, with two plays being translated into French and Russian. Hone has published five books and co-founded theatre production house Tawata Productions, producing the works of emerging and established Maori and tauiwi playwrights. He has worked as Development Executive at the New Zealand Film Commission and in the Radio New Zealand Drama department. In June 2009, Hone became a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Contemporary Maori Theatre. More About Hone Kouka
Miria is a poet, and writer for theatre, radio and television. Miria is a co-founder of Tawata Productions and Tawata Press. An award-winning playwright, Miria’s work has toured New Zealand, Australia, Hawai’i, Canada and the United Kingdom. In 2007, and what remains marked Miria’s international debut as a playwright. Her other works include He Reo Aroha, Urban Hymns and Sunset Road. He Reo Aroha, co-written with Jamie McCaskill, has toured extensively internationally and premiered in Wellington at the New Zealand International Arts Festival in 2010. Urban Hymns was developed in Toronto, Canada, with Native Earth Performing Arts at Weesageechak Festival ahead of the play’s dual premieres in Wellington and Auckland 2009. Sunset Road was also developed at Weesageechak Festival 2010 before making it’s World Premiere in 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand. In 2010, Miria established and curated the Mataraiki Development Festival, an annual international indigenous playwrights’ festival, presenting new writing in development. In 2014, the festival will celebrate it’s 5th year.
More About Miria George
Ngati Tamatera/Ngati Rangi/Nga Puhi – Since graduation from UCOL Theatre School in 2000 and is a writer, actor, musician and producer and was the recipient of the Bruce Mason Award for NZ Emerging Playwright Of The Year in 2013. Jamie was last in Toronto as part of Planet IndigenUS in 2009 with the show He Reo Aroha, co written with acclaimed writer, Miria George. Jamie is excited about the chance to cross cultures creatively with the First Nation People of Canada.
Tawata Productions was created by Miria George and Hone Kouka. Established in 2004, Tawata presents new writing from Aotearoa New Zealand to the world beyond. New theatre has been presented at an earth shattering pace, with a line up featuring THE MOURNING AFTER, NEANG NEAK’S LEGACY, THE PROSPECT, HE REO AROHA and the MATARIKI DEVELOPMENT FESTIVAL. Tawata collaborates with diverse artists including Ahi Karunaharan, Jamie McCaskill, Kali Kopae, Sarita Keo Kossamak So, Dolina Wehipeihana, Jason Te Kare, Tammy Davis, Jarod Rawiri and Aroha White. In 2014, Tawata Productions celebrates 10 years. Tawata Productions Website