Parents and their children frolic with delight puppeteering in Te Rereka - The Flight puppet show at the Pumphouse Theatre, Auckland. Thank you everyone for making our puppet season so special.
CLIENT MEDIA RELEASE 01/07/2018
ROCK-ART TE REREKA – THE FLIGHT
Audio book now in Production for Ministry of Education
sponsored tours of Rock-art Puppet Show and Rock-art Puppetry Workshops
throughout 2018, 2019.
Our puppet show TE REREKA – THE FLIGHT is into its second
year of national touring. TORO PIKOPIKO PUPPETS are busier than ever,
performing this acclaimed rock-art inspired musical, in conjunction with holding
children’s rock-art puppetry workshops. With R & D funding from Creative
NZ, this show has gained funding support from more than 30 Creative Community Schemes
throughout the country, allowing us to offer heavily subsidised shows and
workshops to the majority of our primary and intermediate-aged audiences
throughout 2018 and 2019.
The live show has now been adapted into a six-chapter
musical audio book, funded by the Ministry of Education. Eight original waiata
are being recorded in a Taupo studio, with voice actor rehearsals also
currently taking place.
This free on-line learning resource will be launched on a
new MOE web-site in December 2018. The on-line version will be initially released
in the Kāi Tahu dialect, along with a series of rock-art animation stills and
photos of various rock-art sites depicted in the story, that accompany the
published manuscript. Each chapter has its own glossary as well as appendices containing
chord charts and teachers notes, allowing for in-depth interaction and
exploration of the resource.
An English-language version of the audio book will be
available from early 2019 onwards, with a dedicated TE REREKA – THE FLIGHT
website ‘Flight Centre’ under construction.
The show re-tells a Kāi Tahu
legend about a Bird Woman called Pourakahua and her epic flight to Aotearoa,
with the aid of Matariki stars and migrating whales. While seeking her own kind
she flies from cave to cave, valley to valley, meeting a host of colourful rock-art
inspired characters including Bats, Creepy Crawlies, Moa & Pouākai Eagles, all
the while pursued by a bevy of Bird Hunters.
TE REREKA – THE FLIGHT is an
hour-long interactive show, developed in collaboration with Te Ana Māori Rock
art Centre in Timaru. It is performed in English, with some te reo māori
Children help animate eighty rock-art
puppets, learning about our nation’s amazing rock-art heritage in a very
tactile way, throughout the show. They then use their own imaginations and our
rock-art puppets to tell their own stories in hour long puppetry workshops. (40
Our unsubsidised performance
costs are $700 plus GST per performance. The show and puppetry
workshops are suitable for years 1 – 8 children. The subsidised
performance and workshop cost is $50.
PUPPET SHOW – OUR NATIONAL TREASURE
TORO PIKOPIKO PUPPETS are proud to have created a
national treasure, that is now being adapted into a variety of on-line
resources, funded by the Ministry of Education, for the benefit of our nation’s
children and teachers.
TE RERENGA – THE FLIGHT premiered at Te Ana Maori
Rock-Art Centre on Waitangi Day, 2017 with over 200 performances nationally. TE
RERENGA – THE FLIGHT is
a forty-five-minute, interactive, acoustic rock musical, featuring 80 ‘Flatsie’
puppets inspired from ancient cave drawings around the Timaru district. The
show re-tells a Ngai Tahu legend about Pourangahua and her epic flight to
Aotearoa, with the aid of Matariki stars and migrating whales. She flies from cave to cave, meeting a host
of colourful characters including Bats, Creepy Crawlies, Moa, Pouakai Eagles,
and Human Bird Hunters – intent on making Pourangahua their next meal.
Kia ora Whaitaima and Jeffrey,
Thank you so much for your inspiring performance for our tamariki on Friday morning.
The tamariki and the teachers enjoyed your performance so much. I think for many it brought the Maori legends alive, unlike anything we have been able to provide for them.
Our tamariki often request their favourite legends and we have been for a visit to Hatupatu rock. This however gave such a powerful dimension and including the children to be part of
it by holding the bird and fish puppets made them feel very involved. You both read our children well and realised that they needed to move around. Moving to learn is something that we here
at Arohanui subscribe to. The tamariki enjoyed telling their whanau about your wonderful show and we are all looking forward to seeing you again in the New Year.
Thank you so much and Merry Christmas to you both
from the teaching team and tamariki at Arohanui.
Creative Communities from around the country are now funding
multiple TORO PIKOPIKO Rock Art Puppetry
Workshops, to be held in venues after performances of THE FLIGHT - TE
RERENGA, including CCS Taupo, Rotorua,
Hastings, Far North, Auckland, Tauranga, Masterton, Whanganui, Marlborough,
Waimakariri, Selwyn, Christchurch and Timaru.
Public performances at libraries, museums and festivals are also
planned. Further information regarding dates, costs and 2017/18 bookings for these regional tours, including
FREE Rock Art Puppetry Workshops can be
obtained via their web-site -http://www.akee.co/blog.html or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ROCK-ART GETS ROCKING!
PUPPETS present the world’s first Māori Rock-Art Puppet Production.
In our 22
years of creating and touring Māori themed entertainment for children THE
FLIGHT- TE RERENGA - will be our most immersive, interactive & memorable
THE FLIGHT – TE RERENGA is an acoustic rock musical, featuring
80 Flatso puppets inspired from ancient cave drawings made on Limestone cliffs
and caves around the Timaru district. The show re-tells a Ngai Tahu legend
about Pourangahua the Birdman and his epic flight to Aotearoa in search of his
own kind. The Birdman flies from cave to cave, meeting a host of colourful characters
including Bats, Creepy Crawlies, Moa, Pouakai Eagles and human Bird Hunters –
who are intent on making Pourangahua their next meal.
THE FLIGHT – TE RERENGA is a thirty-minute show, for years 2
-5 pre-school aged children. This
engaging production takes its audience back in time a thousand years where they
get fully involved helping tell the story by animating a host of rock art
puppets that meet up with the Birdman, while he is searching for his whanau.
With 2016 research and development funding from Creative NZ, THE
FLIGHT - TE RERENGA is a result of a collaboration with the Te Ana Maori Rock
Art Centre in Timaru, where the show will premiere on Waitangi Day, 2017. Our shared aim is to increase the
appreciation and awareness of indigenous Rock Art among our nation’s children,
so that they may value and help protect these vulnerable national treasures in
the future. A comprehensive nation-wide tour this rock-art puppet show,
organized on a region-by-region basis, is a pathway towards achieving this aim.
Bookings for your centres very own 2017 stop-over of THE
FLIGHT/ TE RERENGA are now being taken, with priority given to those that book
Take a close up look at this beautiful Kakapo who watched our Mighty Maui Puppet Show at Snells Beach Kindergarten August 2016.....
Kia Ora Whaitaima and Jeffrey
Just a quick note to say another huge thank you for your performance of
the Mighty Maui puppet show here at our Creche on Wednesday, 1st June.
We have received wonderful feedback from our parents, our tamariki and
the teachers, about the quality of the puppets, the whole show, and the
nature and way in which you performed it. The video I took of the show
for the tamariki has already been revisited many times each day by our
tamariki who are both mesmorised with the stories and show, as well as
seeing themselves on video!
We hope you made it back to Taupo safely and wish you an enjoyable and
restful Queens Birthday.
Until we meet again,
and everyone from RCCK.