'NGĀ URI HOU: THE NEW DESCENDANTS' TRAVELING GROUP
'Ngā Uri Hou' he whare karioi, is a dynamic group of diverse cultural practitioners with a range of different skills, specialising in unique 'out of the box' performance art, that draws on both the traditional and the contemporary.
'Ngā Uri Hou' means 'The New Descendants' and the group was established by taonga pūoro (traditional musical instrument) exponent and cultural educator, Jerome Kavanagh, and tā moko (cultural tattoo) artist, poet and painter, Taryn Beri. The group can be hired and commissioned to create and perform one of a kind unforgettable performance art pieces for many special occasions - from art exhibition opening events, to humanitary events, to museum and corporate events, to international folk and world music festivals.
Some members of 'Ngā Uri Hou' have thus far performed their art in Mallorca, London, New York, Amsterdam, Bangladesh, India, Australia, The Solomon Islands, and Russia among many other countries. Read more about some of the members of 'Ngā Uri Hou' here.
The group recently had their debut performance all together at the Agung Rai Museum of Arts in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia at the Indigenous Celebration 2018, which was an unforgettable event that was sponsored by The New Zealand Embassy among others. Featured in this initial iteration of the group were cultural practitioners:
Anahera Parata (Ngāti Toarangatira, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Mutunga): film/tv/storytelling specialist
Te Awatea Parata (Ngāti Toarangatira, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Mutunga): ten year old poi, song and language exponent
Te Akau Toria (Te Ngare o Huia, Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga, Ngāti Toarangatira): proverb, traditional song, language, composition exponent
Tainui Stephens (Te Rarawa, married into Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga): screen storytelling specialist, orator
Libby Hakaraia (Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga, Ngāti Toarangatira): screen storytelling specialist, weaponry exponent
Chrystall Cooper (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi): physical healing arts exponent
Jerome Kavanagh (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa): taonga pūoro traditional musical instrument, storytelling specialist
Taryn Beri (Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga, Te Ātiawa): visual arts, tattooing, adornment specialist
'Ngā Uri Hou' gives special thanks to Creative New Zealand for providing them with some partial funding to attend the Indigenous Celebration Bali 2018. Toi Tangata Māori Art Gallery is proud to have also been a collaborative partner on the Indigenous Celebration 2018 in Bali.
The recent debut performance of the group 'Ngā Uri Hou' at the Indigenous Celebration Bali, featured a fusion of taonga pūoro (traditional Māori musical instruments) as well as poi, waiata a ringa (songs with hand actions), mōteatea (ancient tribal chants), waiata tawhito (ancient tribal songs), haka, political comment, spoken word poetry, pūrakau (story telling), whaikōrero (speech making), and karanga (female calling). The group also has the capacity to incorporate modern electric dance beats, te whare tū taua (weaponry), modern songs, karetao (puppetry), contemporary dance moves and more, for future performances.
'Ngā Uri Hou' loves to break the rules, collaborate with other artists, ruffle a few feathers, make strong humanitary statements, jump way outside the box, challenge stereotypes, mix it up, have fun, and to bring many different pūkenga (skills/talents) together as one in order to create purely magical experiences for the viewer. The group is fluid and can range from 2-20 performers as they have a pool of quality cultural practitioners and specialists to call upon, depending on the unique needs of each client or event. Custom designed cultural educational workshops are also available for children and adults on request and can be tailored to meet your specific needs.
To enquire about hiring 'Ngā Uri Hou' to perform at your next event please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Skip to 1:40:00 to view 'Ngā Uri Hou' in action for the first time at the Indigenous Celebration Bali 2018.
Skip to 1:56:00 to view the second performance of 'Ngā Uri Hou' featuring spoken word poetry and more.
SPOKEN WORD POETRY: PERFORMANCE ART
For spoken word poetry at your next arts, culture or humanitary event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. So far, Taryn has performed her poetry at events such as Waitangi Day at Pātaka Museum + Arts, Tāneatua Gallery by invitation from activist Tame Iti, a Māori Art Salon in Amsterdam, the exhibition opening for 'Māori Modern' in Perth, and the Indigenous Celebration Bali 2018. Toi Tangata Māori Art Gallery is keen to support other Māori poets too, our email address is email@example.com.