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Manaakitanga in Motion: Indigenous Choreographies of Possibility

From: Biography
Volume 36, Number 1, Winter 2013
pp. 242-278 | 10.1353/bio.2013.0008



This collaboratively-written essay explores manaakitanga—a Maori term referencing reciprocal hospitality and connectivity—both in a dance piece/practice called Mitimiti that Jack Gray is making for the concert dance stage, and in this essay itself, with its exchanges between Gray and dance scholar Jacqueline Shea Murphy. Both the dance, and the essay, suggest that stepping forward in connection, in relational and mutually beneficial exchange, is itself a process of indigeneity.

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