Haka is a unique show that offers its audience the rare opportunity to experience a taste of beautiful New Zealand and its history and to be entranced by an electrifying performance that crosses barriers to tell a universal story of courage.
The two leading Kapa Haka (traditional Māori performance arts) groups in New Zealand, Te Waka Huia and Te Whānau ā Apanui, combine to bring Haka to the world stage. From the fierce haka (ceremonial dance) to the graceful poi, Haka tells the story of Te Hokowhitu ā Tū, the Māori Battalion. Between 1941 and 1945 the Māori Battalion forged a courageous reputation on the battlefields of Greece, Crete, North Africa and Italy. It was a frontline infantry force made up entirely of volunteers. Haka is a poignant commemoration of all of those who have fought, returned or lost their lives in battles.
The two groups will alternate performances. Audiences will be captivated by their powerful stage presence and brilliant choreography.
Shows: Daily from 31 July to 25 August except Sundays at 2pm
Photograph: Jeff Ruha Te Whānau ā Apanui. Photograph: Te Matatini Kapa Haka Aotearoa
Part of the NZ at Edinburgh season supported by Creative New Zealand.