Take

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    Take

    Directed by

    Australia

    2019

    9 min

    • No dialogue

    Essay

    A dancer enters the liminal spaces between history and emotion to retell the story of her ancestral Māori meeting house Hinemihi o te Ao Tawhito.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Victoria Hunt
    Cinematography
    Boris Bagattini
    Sam James
    Matt McCosker
    Martin Fox
    Editing
    Margot Nash

    Director's Statement

    My aim as a dancer, director, educator and activist is to reinstate the power of Indigenous creativity through unravelling the complexities Indigenous people face within the struggle for recognition, reclamation and remembrance. Central to this is the honouring of whakapapa (genealogy) and the revitalization of mana wahine (feminine knowledge). My work is a gradual binding of intimate collaboration between artists, elders and community.

    Production
    AS IF PRODUCTIONS
    Victoria Hunt

    Victoria Hunt

    Australia

    Victoria Hunt is an Australian-born artist working across the spheres of dance, choreography, culture, performance art and education. Her tribal affiliations are to Te Arawa, Rongowhaakata, Kahungunu Maori, English and Irish. After performing for many years with Tess De Quincy’s Body Weather company, Victoria began to produce her own dance works. Her work has been presented at national and international festivals such as, Liveworks Festival (Syd); Dance Massive (Melb); Origins Festival of First Nations (Lon/UK); Ecocentrix: Indigenous Arts, Sustainable Acts (UK); In-between Time Festival (Bristol/UK); IMPACT 15 (On/CA); Scène Contemporaine Autochtone, Festival TransAmériques Arts Centre (Montreal/CA), PuSh Festival (Vancouver/CA), National Arts Centre (Ottawa/CA), Public Energy (Peterborough/CA) and the Biennale of Sydney. TAKE is her first film. Hunt directed her first film, the short TAKE (2019) presented at SYDNEY 2019.