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The Thrum of the Tide
Aotearoa NZ

The Thrum of the Tide

  • Dance
  • Visual Arts

A performance of popular partner dances of the 19th century as part of the exhibition, The Thrum of the Tide.

The Thrum of the Tide delves into the 20th century story of Te Ana Ru cave, known as ‘the ballroom cave’. 

It has been said that early settlers held Saturday night dances in Te Ana Ru cave until the 1920s, on a re-purposed, winchable kauri floor installed by local timber mill workers. The dances are well-known folklore in Huia and Whatipu and it is thought the floor is still in the cave, buried deep under the sand.

Presented in Te Uru will be a re-creation of the floor accompanied by a soundscape of subterranean seismic vibrations and taonga puoro captured in Te Ana Ru during the Auckland Regional Parks Artist Residency 2019.

On Saturday 13 March, contemporary dance stalwarts Michael Parmenter and Claire O’Neil will perform four of the most popular partner dances of the 19th century on the dancefloor itself, while storytellers Sir Bob Harvey and Rewi Spraggon bring the West Coast’s rich history to life.

The Thrum of the Tide is presented in association with New Moon Folk Ball — a the vibrant folk tradition of the village fête and the raucous city dance-hall. Led by Michael Parmenter. Find out more HERE.

Exhibition FREE
Performance (Sat 13 Mar 4.30pm) $15

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  • Sat
    Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery


1 hr, no interval

420 Titirangi Rd, Titirangi

+64 9 817 8087



  • Jenny Gillam


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