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The Yarning Dome

Ecopoesis Aotearoa

(Pōneke / Wellington)
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“Your creative whakapapa is inherent in who you are, how you live and the ways you work. It comprises the diverse threads of interpersonal and transpersonal relationships, moments of spiritual illumination, encounters with artistic, technical, conceptual, social and political influence or insight, and experiences within special places, natural environments, communities or groups. However brief or sustained, conscious or otherwise, these relationships collectively give form, focus and function to your life and work.” (Simone Gabriel, Ngāti Raukawa) Ecopoesis Aotearoa: The Yarning Dome offers a place to weave language, activism, and art to re-join our whakapapa in and with the world. Voices (indigenous and non-indigenous, poetic and conversational, soaring and prosaic), thoughts (hopeful and grieving, murky and crystalline), and bodies (dancers and passers-by) interlace here, to help us reimagine flourishing coexistence. We invite you to hear, see, speak, breathe, sit, sip (BYO keep cup for foraged kawakawa tea) and yarn with us.

Experience a carousel of ecopoetic artistry, from Robert Sullivan (Ngā Puhi, Kāi Tahu) and an ensemble of Māori eco-poets; performance artist Judd Morrissey; dancer Janaína Moraes; and poet Lisa Samuels; to writers Simone Gabriel (Ngāti Raukawa), Joan Fleming and Leslie Carol Roberts (Ecopoesis founder). You too can create (eco-performance poetry with playwright Elspeth Tilley, or cyanotypes with Leslie), or yarn in kawakawa kōrerorero sessions (byo keep-cup).

Wednesday 5pm–9pm

Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11am–10pm

Sunday 11am–5pm

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