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Tawata Productions is a Māori and Kuki ‘Āirani creative company based in Te Ūpoko-o-te-ika-a-Maui – Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.
Specialising in the rigorous development and presentation of theatre, Tawata blurs the lines between text, movement and image presenting a dynamic performance experience from Aotearoa to the world beyond.
Tawata presents the international playwriting festival, Breaking Ground, an artist development programme that champions new writing from Māori, Pasifika & Indigenous playwrights from across the country & around the world.
In October, as part of the inaugural Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival, Tawata and Mahi Mahi Productions present the World Premiere Season of Henare is a story inspired by renowned Ngāti Porou composer Henare Waitoa. A new play created by his two of his mokopuna, award winning playwright Hōhepa Waitoa and directed by Hone Kouka.
The Water Trilogy by Mīria George – includes Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky – and is presented Auckland in November 2019. In 2020, Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky will join artists from across the South Pacific as part of FestPAC in O’ahu, Hawai’i, before continuing to tour to Hawai’i Island and Maui.
Tawata Productions have performed in national and international festivals throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the South Pacific, and the Hawai’ian Islands.
New writing is their “life-blood” and writers their “soul, conscience and heart.” They honour the fundamental purpose of theatre in any healthy society. THEATREVIEW