In conjunction with the Te`arama Cultural exchange tour to Kachemak Bay communities and Homer Council on the Arts’s Dance and Aerial Festival, visiting performers and instructors from Te`arama Tahitian performing group will be conducting workshops in traditional Tahitian dance and drumming.
Workshops will take place at the Mariner Theater’s Green Room. Tahitian drumming is 5:30-7pm, with the dance workshop 7-8:30. General fee for each workshop is $30, discounted at $20 for Pratt and Homer Council on the Arts members. Take them both! Lead dance instructor, Nanave Radford, comes fresh from performing with Toahiva at the annual Heiva festival competition in Papeete, Tahiti.
Tahitian Drumming Workshop – 1.5 hours
Ages 10 and up
tō`ere (wooden drum) provided
Open to ladies and gentlemen
In this workshop you will learn the technique used to make these beautiful tō`ere (drums) sing the vibrant tones used to create the music for the ote’a, the choreographed ori Tahiti!
For this workshop, attendees will be learning the basic steps and motions of `Ori Tahiti.
Ages 10 and up
Workshop is for ladies and gentlemen
For the ladies, please wear flexible form fitting clothing and a Pareu (sarong/wrap/scarf) for your hips if you have one.
For the gentlemen, please wear soccer style shorts that fit for easy movement and reveal your knees. (Basketball shorts can be rolled up if needed.) If they are too tight or too baggy, you will have a difficult time dancing this style.
You will learn the basic moves of `Ori Tahiti, traditional style, as well as a short choreography piece to take away!
Preregistration through HCOA is required, in person or online (transaction fees apply).
The Te`arama cultural exchange program was made possible by partnerships with the wider cultural, arts, and education communities. Funding was provided by the Rasmuson Foundation through a Harper Arts Touring Fund, administered by the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Additional sponsors include the Homer Foundation, Chugachmiut, Ninilchik Traditional Council, and Ninilchik Natives Association, Inc. In-kind partners include Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Nanwalek Village IRA, Port Graham Village Council, Port Graham Corporation, and the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.