Mary Tutwiler

Maori dancers in New Iberia tonight

by Mary Tutwiler

It’s not often that a troupe of dancers from half way round the world find their way to the Queen City of the Teche. But tonight, New Zealand’s Maori Dance Theatre will perform in New Iberia. Kahurangi (Cloak from Heaven) engenders the ihi or life force of the Maori. Through genealogical chants, martial arts techniques and powerful songs the troop will bring to life the rich cultural heritage and tribal knowledge of the Maori--the indigenous inhabitants of New Zealand.

If you saw the 2002 sleeper Whale Rider , you’re already aware of the powerful connection the Maori enjoy with their environment. Tonight is a rare opportunity to catch these inspired performers live. The performance will be at 7 p.m. at the Parkview Branch of the Iberia Parish Library. Admission is free. For more information call 364-7150.