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Haka Day Out & Kapa Haka Tale Shows - Corey Baker Dance

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A young and innovative contemporary dance company is using the inspiration of the All Blacks pre-match ritual to create a vibrant and free performance to mark the Rugby World Cup in England.

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Maori culture fused with dance by Corey Baker Dance

Birmingham-based Corey Baker Dance is treating the public to the Haka Day Out.

It comes as the dance company also prepares to debut its new theatre show Kapa Haka Tale at Birmingham Rep Theatre.

Haka Day Out has already thrilled audiences at festivals in London and Greenwich earlier this year and now the free, 30 minute experience will be displayed at Rugby World Cup fan zones, including in Birmingham.

It blends professional performance by trained Maori and contemporary dancers with audience interaction, inviting viewers to get involved.

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The Kapa Haka is a vibrant dance show to coincide with the Rugby World Cup

The Haka combines artistic, warrior, and sporting culture and is instantly recognisable as the New Zealand 'All Blacks' rugby team's pre-match ritual. It is also a core creative expression in the New Zealand Māori culture.

Corey Baker Dance has worked closely with Maori advisor Lewis Whaitiri, chairman of Ngati Ranana, to produce Haka Day Out for the Rugby World Cup.

The dance company's new theatre performance, Kapa Haka Tale, which premieres at Birmingham Rep Theatre on September 25, also brings to life the enchanting Maori culture. It focusses on the folk tale Hinemoa and Tutanekai along with New Zealand love songs using kapa haka, a medley of tribal footwork, weaponry, Poi, dance and chant.

Kapa Haka Tale captivates audiences through powerful and mesmerising choreography, ethereal digital creatures, and a set, rich with colour, nature and beautiful tribal Māori art. It lasts for one hour and suitable for ages 7 .

Corey Baker Dance is an innovative contemporary dance company, performing across the UK and Europe with the ethos that dance is for everyone. The company strives to create performances that challenge the preconceptions surrounding contemporary dance, and bring professional performance to untraditional environments and unexpected audiences.

Established in 2008 by artistic director Corey Baker, the dance company has no house style as each new work is driven by Baker's desire for knowledge that in turn dictates the movement style. He strongly believes that this approach separates him from making 'dance for dance's sake' and allows Corey Baker Dance to constantly push the boundaries of where dance as an art form can go and the audience it shows itself to.

Free Haka Day Out Performance Dates

Exeter Rugby World Cup Fan Zone - September 18. 6.30pm

Birmingham Rugby World Cup Fan Zone September 20, 24 & 27

Birmingham Weekender Festival September 26 & 27

Cardiff Rugby World Cup Fan Zone - October 2, 5pm & 630pm.

Leicester Rugby World Cup Fan Zone October 4 & 6

Milton Keynes Rugby World Cup Fan Zone - October 10, 1.30pm

Gloucester Rugby World Cup Fan Zone - October 11, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm

Ipswich Dance East Oct 31

Kapa Haka Tale Theatre Performance Dates

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The Door - September 25, 7pm:
Centenary Square, Broad Street,
Birmingham B1 2EP
Tickets cost 13 by calling the box office on 0121 236 4455 or through Birmingham Rep website.

Gloucester Guildhall - September 30, 7:30pm:
23 Eastgate Street,
Gloucester, GL1 1NS
Tickets are free from website

Pegasus Theatre, Oxford - October 17, 2pm & 6pm:
Magdalen Road,
Oxford OX4 1RE
Tickets cost 9 or 6 concessions from the box office on 01865 812 150 or the Pegasus Theatre website.

The Lowry - October 20, 2pm & 7pm
Pier 8,
Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Tickets cost 12 or 10 concessions, or 8 per person for groups from the box office on 0843 208 6010 or at The Lowry website.

Jerwood Dancehouse - November 1, 2:30pm
Tickets cost 12 - 15, or concessions 9 from the box office on 01473 295230 or from the official website.

Pavilion Dance Bournemouth - November 5, 7:30pm
Westover Road
Bournemouth, BH1 2BU
Tickets cost 12 or 10 concessions, 8 groups or 6 for under-26s from the box office on 01202 203630 or the Pavilion website.
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Why? Be Thrilled By Maori Cultural Dance
When: Until November 5, 2015
Phone: Various - see list
Where: Across The UK - Birmingham, Salford, Oxford, Gloucester and More
Cost: Free to 13
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