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‘Enter into the nothing, the blackness. In this formless state of consciousness lies potential, movement, energy and life...'

Pango is a meditation on the space of Te Kore - potentiality, and the eternity of existence before light.

The collaboration of choreographer Moss Patterson with master musicians James Webster and Shayne Carter, six powerful male dancers and award-winning spatial and projection designers create a unique and mesmeric fusion of movement imagery, light, and sound.

Dancers Luke Hanna, Jeremy Beck, Emmanuel Reynaud, Toa Paranihi, Jared Hemopo and Matiu Hamuera ignite the stage inside a black rope wharenui created by spatial designer Robin Rawstorne, to explore their individual experience of Te Kore. Moving from haka through lyricism to energised muscularity, their personal stories offer rich commentaries on the humanity born within this sacred space.

The blend of live electric guitar by Shayne Carter and traditional Māori instruments by master player James Webster, creates a dramatic mix of soundscapes and movement. Reverberations of ancient karakia and takutaku chant, evoke the presence of atua Māori.

Projection design by Rowan Pierce casts light and imagery onto the dancers’ bodies adding a rich visual tapestry and opening the imagination to the multi layered aspects of this work.

Q&A // There will be a post-show artist talk with cast and choreographer following each performance.

"It is a spiritual and thought provoking experience. There should be more work of this calibre and stature appearing on our New Zealand stage."

Donna Banicevich Gera, Theatreview, 2016

  • Napier
  • Municipal Theatre
  • Saturday, 20th October - 6:00pm
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  • Gisborne
  • War Memorial Theatre
  • Wednesday, 24th October - 7:30pm
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  • Tauranga
  • Baycourt Addison Theatre
  • Friday, 26th October - 7:30pm
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  • Hamilton
  • Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
  • Tuesday, 30th October - 7:30pm
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  • New Plymouth
  • TSB Theatre, TSB Showplace
  • Thursday, 1st November - 7:30pm
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  • Whangarei
  • Forum North
  • Wednesday, 7th November - 7:30pm
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  • Auckland
  • Q Theatre
  • Friday, 16th November - 8:00pm
  • Saturday, 17th November - 8:00pm
  • $15-$39 + booking fees
Audience Participation
  • Pre Show Introduction with each performance
  • Post Show Q & A with each performance
  • Creative New Zealand
  • Tour-Makers