He Tangata

16 – 19 June | BATS Theatre, Wellington

Healing rongoa for generational trauma and loss of takatāpuitanga.

He Tangata is an unveiling of takatapuitanga.

A search for the forgotten taonga of Te Ao Maori. A reminder of oneness. This work dances through the realms of ira tangata and ira atua, exploring whakapapa and stories of takatapui existence, to remember, mourn and heal from generational trauma.

In an act to weave takatapui and Māoritanga back together, He Tangata looks backwards whilst moving forwards as we travel within the past, present and future of Takatapuitanga.

I have rarely felt such support in an audience. The willingness to listen and to sympathise, to understand and appreciate. He Tangata brought the people together, with every single soul leaving feeling more seen and less alone than they did before.

Creative Credits

Co-Directors & Choreographers Jayden Rurawhe (Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi) & Paris Elwood | Performed by Jayden Rurawhe, Paris Elwood, Jerome McLean-Burton, Karamera Wharera & Samuel Ropati.


16 – 19 June


BATS Theatre
1 Kent Terrace

Learn More About the Collective

Nō Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

He Tangata is made of young queer artists from Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Led by Takatāpui for Takatāpui.