Fringe Westside 2023: Te Pō: The Mean As Māori Show

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The Māori creation story is the oldest philosophy of Aotearoa and articulates our origin stories. From Te Kore the great nothingness, to Te Pō – the perpetual night, Te Wheiao the stirring and the separation of land and sky, to create Te Ao Mārama, the world of Light.

Te Ara Hononga, a Māori Martial Art school based in Victoria, will showcase their individual and collective journeying through Te Pō. The beautiful darkness from whence we grow. Stirring, wielding and influencing the very teachings of the traditional art form of Mau Rākau. Bringing to the illumination of the stage, the mesmerising magic of Māori culture, storytelling, music, humour, haka and Mau Rākau (Māori weaponry).

Each of the six shows has been produced as a stand alone production of devised theatre. EVERY show will be different, so you will HAVE to attend more than once! Drawing from the raw experiences of Māori who have settled or were born in Naarm, who are healing the generations of disconnection to culture and homelands through Mau Rākau, the arts, community health and development.

The show has options of kid-friendly (7 & 8 October, 2pm). Come along to witness incredible skill, talent and Māori ingenuity, woven together for a fun-filled weekend for the whole community. Be moved by the magical influence of this chosen family of fighters.

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This project was supported by Maribyrnong City Council as part of the Bluestone Church Arts Space Artist in Residence Program - Supported Season.


  • Friday, 06 October 2023 | 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
  • Saturday, 07 October 2023 | 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Saturday, 07 October 2023 | 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
  • Sunday, 08 October 2023 | 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Sunday, 08 October 2023 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM


Bluestone Church Arts Space, 8a Hyde St, Footscray, 3011, View Map

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