Te Ramaroa 2021 features more than 30 light installations, stretching right across the city from Queens Gardens and NMIT, to Cathedral Gardens and the city’s streets and laneways. There’ll also be a Performance Precinct in upper Trafalgar Street, and a Food Hub in Kirby Lane. Rug up with coats and woolly hats and scarves, and come out to discover the magic of a winter wonderland.
For more information go to www.teramaroa.nz (there will be a map online after 30 June).
The Air Between Us
One of the feature performances is ’The Air Between Us’. Multi-award-winning performer Rodney Bell and critically acclaimed choreographer Chloe Loftus perform a mesmerising outdoor illuminated event that celebrates equality and connection. Suspended between trees, this counterweighted aerial-harness performance features contemporary and contact dance, soaring above the crowds, spiralling as though solar systems. The show explores our innate capacity to live in symbiotic harmony, with Rodney’s wheelchair becoming the set for the action as they climb, tip and spin off-axis.
Nag is a human-powered art studio constructed entirely of recycled materials. Broken washing machines, old bicycles, and some very clever wiring combine to create a space where artists and writers pedal through the night to power laptops, printers, wifi, music, light, and a record player – anything they need to keep making and making and making. Marcus McShane is one of New Zealand’s most prolific designers, having produced over 400 designs and installation works since 2005.
Designed by Storybox in collaboration with visual artist Desna Whaanga-Schollum (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pahauwera), Pou Rama features six free-standing light structures that you can walk around. Each pou goes through a series of colour changes, together with a Taonga Pūoru soundtrack composed by Al Fraser, creating an immersive light and sound experience. These pou are markers of creative mauri (life-essence) generated from te taiao (the environment). Whakairo – visual designs and light – express patterns of natural world and cycles of energy. This work reflects on Te Ao Māori, the eco-system of humans, the environment and the spiritual world.
Constructed from three kilometres of UV reactive rope, ‘UV Spaghetti’ looks like hundreds of luminous green ‘spaghetti’ strands, encouraging people to literally walk into the light. Award-winning Angus Muir Design works at the intersection of people, space and objects. His light installations have appeared at festivals around the globe.