• Śpiew inuicki

    CHARLOTTE QAMANIQ & KATHLEEN MERRITT

    Kanada

  • Pastoral flute

    Carmelo Salemi

    Sicily

  • Bodhrán

    John Joe Kelly

    Ireland

  • Bendir, Arab singing

    Sofien Zaïdi

    Djerba, Tunisia

  • Maori haka dance

    Kemara Kennedy & Laurence Kershaw

    New Zealand

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Workshops > Master classes

Masters: Kemara Kennedy and Laurence Kershaw

During the Festival, the Maori dance haka workshop will be run by Moana & The Tribe’s dancers: Kemara Kennedy and Laurence Kershaw.

Kemara Kennedy
A member of the action-packed, high-intensity, electrifying group Te Mātārae I Ōrehu founded by a distinguished Maori mentor - Master Wētini Mitai-Ngatai. Kemara is also a respected Maori wood carver and a graduate of The New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. He currently teaches art at the Total Immersion School, Hurunga-te-rangi. Kemara is Moana & the Tribe’s personal trainer and performs with them on tours.

Laurence Kershaw
A professional haka performer, adept in a number of traditional performance and weaponry artforms. Member of the dance group Moana & The Tribe, he also takes part in other projects.

Dance class - Maori haka dance

Haka is a traditional battle cry, but also a dance of Maori tribes from New Zealand. It stems from the warrior tradition and it became the symbol of political protests and protection of native communities of the islands. Haka is performed in a group, by men stamping vigorously with the rhythmical, shouted accompaniment which maximizes the impact. Its aim is to show their strength and will of victory, which is supposed to repel the enemy.

The dance got popular thanks to New Zealand's rugby team which has been performing it before their games for over 100 years. In this context, it gains a contemporary meaning, as All Blacks is a team which triumphs constantly and haka has always been its attribute. They dance it in such a passionate way that it’s sometimes considered to be unsportsmanlike behaviour. Before the game, most western teams just sing their anthems, but the New Zealanders move straight to attack in the moment they start dancing Ka mate.

Ka mate – one of the most popular forms of haka, was invented in the 19th century by a warrior who managed to escape the enemy. He was helped by a woman, which makes Ka matea the praise of female sexuality. Nevertheless, its main message is the foreshadow of indestructibility. The cry ka mate! – I’ll die!, is overcome by the hope of survival: ka ora! – I live!.