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Nga Taniwha

for dancers and school instrumentalists

Year:  1991   ·  Duration:  20m
Instrumentation:  flute, clarinet, recorders, voices, percussion, piano, rock band

Year:  1991
Duration:  20m
Instrumentation  flute, clarinet, recorders,...

Composer:   Helen Fisher


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This children's dance theatre work choreographed by Rangimoana Taylor is based on taniwha (sea-monsters) Whataitai and Ngake, a traditional Maori legend from the Wellington region.

Commissioned note

Written for Wellington Youth Festival

Difficulty note

This work is based on a Wellington Maori legend. Knowledge of this is required for performance

Contents note

5 movements: Whakaeke - Ki Te Ao Marama; Ko Tawhirimatea; Ko Ngake; Ko Whataitai; Whakahoki

Performance history

Performed by South Wellington Intermediate Choir; Bridget Miles (clarinet); Julie Sperry (flute); Malea Patea and Vasati Tuala (keyboards); Tai Fuimaono (drums); Leva (guitar); directed by Rangimoana Taylor

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