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Ronald Rand in Let It Be Art

“Cultivate an ever continuous power of observation. Above all things, see the sunlight and everything that is to be seen.” – John Singer Sargent

“So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music is some living form will accompany and sustain it.” – Aaron Copland

“The poem, the song, the picture, is only water drawn from the well of the people, and it should be given back to them in a cup of beauty so that they may drink - and in drinking understand themselves.” – Federico García Lorca

“Art is a ripening, an evolution, an uplifting which enables us to emerge from darkness into a blaze of light.” – Jerzy Grotowski

“Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.” – Danny Thomas

“Living consciously involves being genuine; it involves listening and  responding to others honestly and openly; it involves being in the moment.” – Sidney Poitier

“Art became the first teacher of nations.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel


Taki Rua Theatre in New Zealand

"Tiki Taane Mahuta" starring Tiki Taane is presented in partnership between Taki Rua and Aotearoa Aerial Theatre Company. Combining theatre, aerial performance, contemporary dance, kapa haka, mau rākau and hip hop, "Tiki Taane Mahuta" is one of New Zealand’s largest nationally-devised productions

Taki Rua Theatre’s objective is for Maori voices to be celebrated and owned by all people of Aotearoa. They seek to inspire and encourage the next generation of New Zealanders to fall in love with their culture through the medium of theatre, through five artistic strands which support the organization's vision, mission and strategic goals. These encompass embracing the language of Aotearoa by making Maori theatre accessible nationwide. Taki Rua annually tours to schools and community venues across New Zealand, promoting the use of Te Reo Maori within theatre. Taki Rua commissions and develops new Aotearoa work, encouraging new voices in te reo Maori and English. Taki Rua raises expectations by performing these works in New Zealand's largest venues, encouraging a wide range of communities to explore Maori theatre. Taki Rua promotes internationally to secure overseas production commitments, ensuring Maori partnering with other performing arts companies, venues, festivals and freelance artists to develop and present theatre works locally, nationally and internationally.

"Not In Our Neighborhood" presented by Tikapa Productions in partnership with Taki Rua.

Among their presentations include Hohepa Waitoa’s “He Kura E Huna Ana,” directed by Nancy Brunning with Kim Garrett, the epic “Tiki Taane Mahuta,” starring the legendary Tiki Taane, touring to thirteen cities around Aotearoa. Combining theatre, aerial performance, contemporary dance, kapa haka, mau rakau and hip hop, “Tiki Taane Mahuta” is one of New Zealand’s largest nationally-devised productions, and depicts two generations of New Zealand families and the tragedy, hope and redemption which connect them. Created by renowned artistic director and Taki Rua Kahukura, “Tanemahuta Gray,” a six-show season of Tiki Taane Mahuta debuted in 2015 at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch. Another presentation is “Hinepau,” adapted from a classic children’s book written by Gavin Bishop. For info: Taki Rua Prods. Level One, 274 Taranaki Street, Mount Cook, Wellington, New Zealand,, (04) 385 3110

Acclaimed te reo Māori production, "He Kura E Tuna," written by Hōhepa Waitoa, directed by Nancy Brunning


"It is a law of life that man cannot live for himself alone. Extreme individualism is insanity. The world's problems are also our personal problems. Health is achieved through maintaining our personal truth in a balanced relation of love to the rest of the world. No expression is more emblematic of this relation than the creative act which we call art. No art by its very constitution typifies the social nature of that creative act more than the theatre. The theatre, to be fully understood and appreciated, must be seen as a manifestation of this process of interchange between society and the individual. It must be judged as a continuous development of groups of individuals within society, a development which becomes richer, acquires greater force and value as it grows with the society in which it originates. Only in this way can the theatre nourish us.  - Harold Clurman

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