Ihitai ‘Avei’a – Star Navigator| Fri 19 Mar / Sat 20 Mar 2021

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Friday 19 March, 8pm
Saturday 20 March, 2pm
Saturday 20 March, 8pm

TIM FINN
Composer and Lyricist*
TOM MCLEOD Arrangement and Additional Music
CÉLESTINE HITIURA VAITE Tahitian Monologist
ENA MANUIREVA Translation and Language Coach

JOHN G. DAVIES Director
UWE GRODD Conductor

PAUL WHELAN as James Cook
NATASHA WILSON as Purea
AMITAI PATI as Tupaia
TBC as Teata
CÉLESTINE HITIURA VAITE as Monologist

Aboard a cramped British scientific vessel in the vastness of the Pacific, two navigators find themselves locked on a collision course. One is a Tahitian priest, guided by his ancient knowledge of star pathways. The other a naval officer, desperate to prove both himself and his faith in science.

This beautiful and haunting new work by composer Tim Finn with Tahitian monologues by Célestine Hitiura Vaite tells the story of Tupaia, the Tahitian star navigator who sailed with James Cook, on the maiden voyage of the Endeavour in 1769. Ihitai ‘Avei’a – Star Navigator explores the relationship between two master mariners, each from vastly different worlds, both far from home and unable to find their way into each other’s world.

The production is sung in English and Tahitian with English surtitles.

90 minute duration. Additional lyrics by Gary Henderson.

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Tickets
Premium A Reserve B Reserve
Adult: $69 Adult: $69 Adult: $69
Student: $25 Student: $25 Student: $25
Senior: $62 Senior: $62 Senior: $62
A light supper will be served after the concert and can be pre-paid with your ticket for $10.Parking can also be pre-paid with your ticket for $6.
For tickets, please call (09) 577 3031, email admin@manukausymphony.org.nz or book on Eventfinda (booking fees apply).
Venue: BNZ Theatre
Vodafone Events Centre
770 Great South Road, Wiri,
Manukau
Parking: Gate 1, Northern Carpark. $4.00 for the first hour and $0.50 per hour thereafter. Payment via credit card, Vodafone text or EFTPOS only. No cash. Liquor ban zone in all external areas