13-16 SEPTEMBER 2018 | CARRIAGEWORKS

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Performance Contemporary

Amrita Hepi ‘Po Atarau (Now is the hour)’

Saturday 9 September
11:00 am - 11:45 am

Sydney Contemporary ticket holders
Location: OUTSIDE ENTRANCE THEN ROVING 

Po Atarau is a Waiata (maori folksong) of contested origin – believed to be written by many people and there is still debate happening over its source today even as it is disappearing and sung less – it was used to send people to war, and as a way to bid farewell to loved ones. Currently oceanic knowledge and islands are disappearing. There are many reasons as to why and still debate happening over its source of disappearance today as it continues to be mined and colonised.This rendition of po atarau laments the idea of what is now deemed a ‘crisis’, it is a reminder of its title that now is the hour – a call to action, an SOS and questioning of who’s crisis this really is? 

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