Venue 1 - Papa Tuatahi

Papa Tuatahi is our headlining venue that platforms new and archival dance film created by artists from Aotearoa and beyond. throughout our Ka Awatea season you will experience a wide range of filmic styles that question and probe societal structures, bring joy through satire, showcase student works and encourage us to look inwards at our own hauora.

Transformational Bodies: Performance, Movement, Parenting, Practice.

Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann

A collection of conversations with parenting artists in the movement and performance community.

What supports us as parents in this industry? What are the surprising, challenging, inspiring parts of our practices as movement and performance makers, how do they intersect and converse with our roles as parents?

Transformational Bodies is a short film of conversations, with and between people, parents, practices, reflections on the journeys we make in these challenging roles. The voices here are but a small sample of those who are doing the hard mahi without pay, with little recognition, and often without a community that understands how to support them.

These are all our stories, so let them be heard.


This work consists of a video that will play in Venue 1 from the 7-10 Oct. There will then be a live-streamed forum on the 15 Oct through Facebook. 


Thank you to the participants, our families and the wider creative communities that feed us and support us to be who we are, and keep practicing in the way that we need to be.


Made by Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann, in collaboration with participating artists: Claire Luiten, Zahra Killeen-Chance and Miriam Marler.


Video from 7th-10th Oct, Forum on 15 Oct
From 1pm on 7th Oct
20 mins
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Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe, Rangitāne) has come from a diverse background of performing arts, design and dance practices including formal training in gymnastics, contemporary dance, kapa haka, capoeira somatics and contact improvisation.She has a Masters in Creative Arts and Design from AUT, and her mahi brings together Mātauraka Kāi Tahu, somatics, design and Regenerative practice.