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.