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Copper Promises: Hinemihi Haka

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February 19, 2019 @ 8PM

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St.


Tickets available from or through the Market Hall Box Office

$22 / $12 Students and Underwaged / $7 High School Students (+$3 ticketing fee)

Pre-show chat with Guest Curator Patti Shaughnessy

Held at 7:00 pm in the Market Hall lobby (highly recommended).


Using Bodyweather among other methods this 3 hr movement workshop by Indigenous dance artist Victoria Hunt is open to all levels and is an open investigation for anyone interested in exploring the body and physical presence. Click here for more information.

Q&A immediately following the performance.

Performance is approximately 55 minutes with no intermission. Please be on time, the performance requires complete darkness. Latecomers will not be permitted to enter once the performance has begun.

Warning: Performance features flashing lights and loud noises

Public Energy presents Sydney-based director, dancer, choreographer and image maker Victoria Hunt’s stunning solo show Copper Promises: Hinemihi Haka.

Dance artist Victoria Hunt spent nearly 10 years researching their rich Maori heritage to prepare for Copper Promises. Their beautifully evocative solo explores the cultural and physical journey of Hinemihi – a female ancestor, and the name for a Maori ceremonial house – whose story is seamlessly interwoven with Hunt’s own journey of finding family and reconnecting with their culture. Copper Promises creates distinctive movement and imagery, merging feeling and gesture as they echo across landscape and through time. Employing stunning lighting and visual effects, and a powerful range of emotional and visceral energy, Copper Promises is both a pilgrimage and a tribute to their ancestry, and utterly unforgettable.

Public Energy’s spotlight on Australian Indigenous Dance is curated by Patti Shaughnessy.


Australian dance artist Victoria Hunt explores her Maori heritage in ‘Copper Promises: Hinemihi Haka’ –

Take a trip down under with Djuki Mala and ‘Copper Promises: Hinemihi Haka’ in Peterborough –

Indigenous Australian dancers to perform in Peterborough – Peterborough Examiner

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Artist Bio

Victoria Hunt is a queer indigenous feminist artist, photographer, BodyWeather practitioner and proud Australian-born Maori of mixed descent (Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata, English, Irish and Finnish). Their work aims to honour whakapapa (genealogy) and the revitalization of mana wahine (feminine knowledge), exploring ceremony in contemporary situations and contemporary indigenous politics. Since 2000 Victoria has worked with BodyWeather pioneer Tess de Quincey as a founding member of De Quincey Co. Their most recent work TANGI WAI…the cry of water was nominated for an Australian Dance Award, a Helpmann Award, and three Green Room Awards, receiving Best Visual Design in Dance.


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