Weathering the Storm
Rotorua-born and Ruatoria-raised political campaigner and artist Tame Iti has the leading role in a Europe-bound performance based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Iti will perform in Tempest II with the 15-member Mau Dance Company. The Dominion Post quoted choreographer Lemi Ponifasio as saying that Iti was a “really, really beautiful” performer. “His protest experience means he knows the audience and will be able to reach out and deliver. It gives him a platform to speak about what is happening in our own backyard and around the world.” On his return from the four-week tour Iti takes up a position as host on an Auckland Maori radio station.