Basement Theatre is excited to bring you our inaugural Matariki Season. We've teamed up with acclaimed theatre director, writer, and actor Jason Te Kare to programme a smash hit season of shows and a pop up events which embrace the values of Matariki to celebrate this land and its people. Whether you're into theatre, poetry, short films, workshops, or visual art, we'll have something to satisfy your Matariki cravings.
Or read the full text programme below (more events added soon!):
SAT 18 JUN. 12PM.
We invite our whole Basement community and new friends to help us kick off our Matariki Season and manaaki the groups performing in the space. It’s a chance to share stories and some tasty kai. Bring a plate and haere mai!
'GROUNDED THROUGH EXISTENCE' - EXHIBITION OPENING
TUES 21 JUN. 5:30PM.
MIT student Shanaz Faraji curates and unveils the latest artworks hitting our Basement walls in an exhibition titled 'Grounded Through Existence'. The exhibition circles on all life and energy stemming from Papatūānuku, including the materials of canvas, wood, and cloth used in visual art. This collection of work has been specially curated by Shanaz to celebrate Matariki and will remain on our walls for the next few months.
21 - 25 JUN. 6:30PM. STUDIO.
HINE is a work in development weaving together pathways to reclaim the sacredness of womanhood through KOHINE - WAHINE - RUAHINE and calls forth those who desire to restore herstory and activate te mana o te wahine. With dance, music, film and storytelling we open and share a ceremonial space to celebrate te whare tangata. Created by Whetu & Komako Silver in collaboration with whānau.
LA VIE DANS UNE MARIONETTE
21 - 25 JUN. 8PM. THEATRE.
Welcome to the surreal world of the Pianist and the Puppet. The hilarious White Face Crew return to The Basement with their award-winning show La Vie Dans Une Marionette. Performed with charm by Justin Haiu, Tama Jarman and Jarod Rawiri the White Face Crew combine physical theatre, clowning, dance and live music, in this tale of a lonely pianist and the puppet he buys to keep him company.
FRI 24 JUNE, 9PM
Try putting her in a box and she’ll imagine a spaceship blasting off. Genre-defying songstress Ladyfruit graces our bar for a one-night-only gig. It’s as if soul, hip hop, R’n’B, jazz, and world music made a baby. Free.
HUI: WAHINE TOA, WAHINE TAPU; CELEBRATING OUR SACREDNESS
SAT 25 JUNE, 2PM
How do we understand and apply sacredness in our modern lives? Let’s discuss how we can activate our mana in a society that constantly suppresses it. A hui with a panel of mana wahine. Free.
28 JUN - 2 JUL. 8PM. THEATRE.
After a mere 4.5 million years apart, Ranginui and Papatūānuku have decided it’s time to give it another shot. But the divorce counsellor has concerns; as do their children and grandchildren. In a family meeting we discover how Ngā Atua Māori (The Māori Gods) and other mythological beings have reinvented themselves in the modern world.
FUN WITH FLAX
THURS 30 JUNE, 6PM
Join Whetu Silver as she leads you through the ins and outs of flax weaving in this two-hour workshop. Walk away with a woven treasure to keep or gift away. Koha.
NGĀ AHO WHAKAARI SHORTS
FRI 1 JULY, 6PM
Ngā Aho Whakaari presents a selection of shorts from the hottest emerging Māori filmmakers. See the best up-and-coming producers, writers, and directors showcase their art on the big screen and settle in for movie night at your favourite wee theatre.
MATARIKI KI TUA: FABRICATION
SAT 2 JULY, 10AM-3PM
We're teaming up with SaVAge K'lub to bring a back-to-back session of Matariki celebrations. During the day, we've got a weaving workshop directly connected to The One Million Stars to End Violence Project created by Maryann Talia Pau. The stars weaved will be part of an installation at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and are symbols of light, courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence, including violence against women, bullying and racism.
MATARIKI KI TUA: ACTIVATION
SAT 2 JULY, 6:30PM
After you've made all those brilliant stars, hoki mai to Part II of the Matariki Ki Tua celebrations, a spoken word evening. We've got poets performing from 7-8pm and a salon-style set up of art around the studio. There'll be a pop up bar and taonga for sale so don't miss this after party to round off our entire Matariki Season!