Kei te pai

Schoolhouse Studios

Presented by Camila Galaz, 'Time, After Time: A Reenactment Workshop' was a series of practical workshops culminating in a public program of reperformance presented as part of Channels Festival. Workshop participants consider how reperformance of historical events and reproductions of archival documents can be used to address ideas of cultural memory, inherited trauma, and the complexities of truth-telling. Exploring the techniques and ethics of moving from the archival to the contemporary, the course examined the theoretical landscape of historical reperformance.

The term takatāpui, in modern Te Ao Māori, is a way of identifying that relieves us from the colonial binaries of gender and sexuality that have been imposed on our bodies and ways of being by white Western culture. Jane Campion's 1993 film The Piano is a pakeha love story set in 1850s Aotearoa and features some Māori characters in the background of the films main narrative. My source material for this re-performance is Mika X Haka's brief background cameo as a self-described takatāpui character in this film. To me, Mika's enactment is their way of connecting to our takatāpui ancestors. By re-performing Mika's pose and movements, I hope the connect to this trajectory of takatāpui whakapapa, whilst simultaneously pulling takatāpui portrayals from the background to centre focus.

[Right] Video still from Jane Campion’s The Piano (1993)                          [Left] Photograph captured by Anita Spooner.