KARANGA is a powerful new interactive Māori contemporary dance work led by Artistic Director and award-winning choreographer Merenia Gray and co-creators Gareth Farr, Toni Huata, Mary-Lyn Chambers, Emma Mortimer, Jo Kilgour, Jeanine Clarkin, Miriama McDowell, Luka Turjak, Tanemahuta Gray, Ariana Tikao and dancers.
Inspired by Merenia’s mother; the late Tiahuia Te Puea Hērangi Ramihana Gray (Ngāi Tahu, Rangitāne, Tainui). KARANGA: in three parts is a dance performance choreographed by Merenia Gray. The work explores her mother's Māori and Pākehā heritage between her adopted mother/iwi and biological mother/family.
“The Kaikaranga ensures that the mana of everyone on the marae has been heightened because the tikanga has been carried out in the way that our ancestors have done so for aeons”. (Tiahuia Gray)