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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 is 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 2021, 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 are in post production 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.
In October, Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky makes it’s premiere as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival 2021. Filmed on te motu o Matiu in 2020, the short film was adapted from the live performance experience of the same name that was originally presented at Kia Mau Festival 2017. After an international tour was cancelled due to COVID, Tawata continued to evolve the project into another medium.
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. All image credits Katie Deller.
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