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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.
Big Hair, Don’t Care At The Table launches Tawata’s season. A robust conversation, led by Mīria George, with women who create theatre in Aotearoa New Zealand. Calling together playwrights, theatre directors and producers from across the motu – At The Table will film and document landmark conversations, a state of the creative and cultural nation, through the playwrights, directors and producers who are currently working in the industry.
In June 2020, Tawata presents the annual season of 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.
Tawata and Mahi Mahi Productions reunite to embark on a national tour with Henare a story inspired by renowned Ngāti Porou composer Henare Waitoa. A play created by his two of his mokopuna, award winning playwright Hōhepa Waitoa and multi-award winning artist and director Hone Kouka.
This year our touring dance show Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky will be developed into a short film production, rehearsed and performed in Te Whanganui-a-tara.
Tawata Productions has 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
Image of Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky featuring Manarangi Mua, Te Hau Winitana and Mapihi Kelland.