Journal article

1000 Lovers

C Brown, D Hannah, R Scoones, M Smitheram, F Graham

Abstract

1000 LOVERS is a performance that moves from sea to city through Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. A cast of mythical characters – Tuna (an eel-man), Hine (his lover), a bride, a widow, and an urban tribe lead this journey. 1000 LOVERS draws its title from Auckland's Māori name Tāmaki Makaurau, which translates not only as 'Isthmus of one thousand lovers', but may also be understood as 'Tāmaki-the bride sought by a hundred suitors'. By re-enacting mythical, historical and everyday stories through music, design and dance the performance reveals hidden narratives and forgotten sites within this urban landscape. 1000 LOVERS follows a walkable route over a 50-minute timeframe, starting at Silo Park a..

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University of Melbourne Researchers