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Te Taki o te Ua / The Sound of Rain unveiled

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 15 Apr, 2021 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

If you visit the Festival of Colour HQ in the next few days to pick up your programme or tickets, be sure to spare a few minutes to experience Te Taki o te Ua / The Sound of Rain.

The video installation in the foyer of the Lake Wānaka Centre - and the live performance which premiered at Sunday's opening ceremony - is a collaboration between choreographer and video artist Louise Potiki Bryant, singer and leading player of taonga puoro (Māori instruments) Ariana Tikao, and composer Paddy Free. It combines contemporary dance, waiata (song), taonga pūoro, animation, video and soundscape in a powerful video landscape to address the impacts of climate change in Te Waipounamu / South Island.

Funded by Track Zero - Arts Inspiring Climate Change and Creative New Zealand, and informed by Dr Daniel Hikuroa (earth systems scientist) and Dr Mike Joy (freshwater ecologist), the project brings together art, science, and mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge). 

Te Taki o te Ua / The Sound of Rain features three video installations, each focusing on a different level of rainfall and the predicted effects of climate change on our water cycle. Waikohu / Mist is an expression of the water cycle in balance, while Pakapaka / Drought addresses the projected increase in frequency and intensity of drought and Āwhā / Storm tackles the threat of storms and flooding.

Potiki Bryant said the project had been an opportunity for the artists to inform themselves on the effects of climate change and to express that from the perspective of their whakapapa, exploring Māori cultural stories; the installation explores the impact of climate change on Rakinui (Sky Father) and Papatūānuku (Earth Mother). 

Te Taki o te Ua / The Sound of Rain has been unveiled for the very first time as part of the festival, and is open to the public from 9:00am to 9:00pm every day. 

“We really encourage people to put the headphones on and listen to the soundscape,” said Potiki Bryant. “It makes the work more immersive, and they're beautiful compositions by Paddy and Ariana.”

Read edition 1022 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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