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Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre of New Zealand
to Perform at UW-Eau Claire March 6

RELEASED: Feb. 20, 2006

Kahurangi Maori Dance TheatreEAU CLAIRE — Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre of New Zealand will perform at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Monday, March 6. The Artists Series presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

"The Kahurangi performers, in traditional grass and beaded costumes with elaborate skin markings, [offer] an engaging window into both the warlike and peaceable customs of the Maori people," wrote Canada's National Post. Their exciting glimpse of the South Pacific shows the life force of its indigenous people through the songs and dances that are part of the history and fabric of Maori life. Genealogical chants trace family history back to the beginning of time; martial arts techniques span generations; and powerful songs have a forcefulness that springs from cultural pride and personal conviction. The performance evokes a contagious energy that engrosses the audience and fosters a greater understanding of a unique culture.

The only professional Maori Dance company touring North America, Kahurangi is a national cultural, educational and employment program that encourages cultural understanding among people of all nations. Each year some 20 young Maori men and women travel to more than 1,500 schools, festivals and theaters throughout New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States, working together as a family inspiring cultural development, understanding and community service.

The ensemble performers are graduates from the Takitimu Performing Arts School in Hastings, New Zealand, the first accredited institution in that country to specialize in the instruction and preservation of the Maori culture. Company members selected to tour in North America have had a minimum of two years of professional performance experience in New Zealand. They are also trained in administration, production, public relations, theater technology and transport and have been certified to conduct workshops and lectures in subjects relative to the cultural heritage of the Maori people.

Tickets are $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Reserved seats are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center. The Service Center is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

General admission tickets will be sold at the door.

In addition to its Artists Series performance, Kahurangi will present two special daytime performances for area schools on Tuesday, March 7. Call the Service Center for reservations and special group rates.

The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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JS/NW

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