Copper Promises: Hinemihi Haka

Copper Promises

I am the house and the house is me. I dance the history of the house and the house reveals my history

Copper Promises is a solo dance by Victoria Hunt exploring the cultural and physical journey of Hinemihi: a female ancestor and a ceremonial space connected with Hunt’s Maori cultural heritage. Hinemihi’s story is interwoven with Hunt’s own journey: of finding family, of reconnecting with her culture and of learning from land, ancestors and peers. A collaboration with Hunt’s extended family and her creative team, Copper Promises creates distinctive movement and imagery, merging feeling and gesture as they echo across landscape and through time. They create a world of rupture and foreboding, resilience and joy. Copper Promises is a lament and a protest for ancestral treasures – Taonga.

A stunning production…It is as if she is channelling the spirits of her ancestors and the very land they come from.
Julia Cotton, Sydney Morning Herald

World Premiere of COPPER PROMISES: HINEMIHI HAKA Performance Space, Carriageworks, Sydney 4 – 12 MAY 2012
Origins Festival of First Nations, The Place Theatre, London 25 & 26 October 2013
ECOCENTRIX: Indigenous Arts, Sustainable Arts at The Bargehouse1 November 2013
IMPACT15 Theatre Festival – Kitchener, CANADA 22 & 23 September 2015

Concept/Choreography/DanceVictoria Hunt
Video & Light DesignBoris Bagattini
Light DesignClytie Smith
Light ConsultantDavid Ferguson
Sound DesignJames Brown
With sound byHoromona Horo, Densil Cabrera, Bob Scott & Uncle Wally Ruha
CostumeAnnemaree Dalziel
Installation DesignHedge
Kia WhakamanawaCharles Koroneho
Bodyweather MentorTess de Quincey
ProducerRosalind Richards Artful Management

The IMPACT 15 season of Copper Promises: Hinemihi Haka was supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW, the Creative Practice Lab at the University of NSW and Artful Management. Copper Promises: Hinemihi Haka was originally produced with financial support from: the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the NSW Government through Arts NSW; Critical Path and Performance Space. It was developed with assistance from: Performance Space; Department of Performance Studies (University of Sydney); Creative Practice Lab (UNSW); Queen Street Studio; and Ausdance NSW.