Bones: Saving Māori stories for future generations.

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Bones: Saving Māori Stories For Future Generations.

Project 2022-05-25 18:52:04 +1200

Julian Noel        

The elders are dying. Within their bones are the stories of the land, the ancestors and legends of the past. These stories carry threads of knowledge and wisdom which we can weave to create a brighter future for future generations.

Our vision: is to capture these stories of the past and to empower future generations to create new narratives for themselves.

Help us to record these important stories before they are lost.

At the heart of the project lies a series of short stories by emerging Māori writer, actor and storyteller, Julian Noel, of Ngapuhi descent. His stories centre around the important narratives that have been passed down generation to generation through the Nathan family.

"Julian is a gifted and fearless writer and storyteller who brings a profound, uncompromising authenticity to the journey of his ancestors, his childhood and his journey as an adult navigating Te Ao Māori - first as an outsider and then ultimately after his homecoming, as an inspired poet and theatre maker. Julian delivers a magical story far beyond the inter-generational wounds of family and cultural violence, through the doorway into the sacred, where the ancestral songs of healing and wisdom can be heard  in the surrounding hills of the Kaihu valley".

                           Bones team member Michael WinchesterActor, writer, director, film maker.

               

 

"What do the ancestors want us to know about our past? How do we heal ancient wounds? How do we honour the gifts? How can the stories we carry in our bones guide us today?"

Martine Baanvinger, Theatre director, writer and producer along with Julian Noel have drawn together an outstanding team to both capture and bring these ancient stories to life on stage and screen.

"I am committed to telling stories of Aotearoa that are truly of 'this place' and engaging with key Māori principles in performance such as manaakitanga and whanaungatanga. Storytelling in the theatre not only celebrates who we are in Aotearoa, New Zealand, but also allows us to engage with difficult issues in ways that are truly human".

                                                            Dr. Dorita Hannah, performance, set and stage design.

These inter-generational themed stories affirm humanity at it's deepest and show a pathway for healing. This is a unique project weaving together the words and insights from mother and son showing how one generation can learn and grow from the pains of the past.

           

Julian's mother, Eve Patuawa Nathan, Ngapuhi was both a visual artist and one of the first Maori women to ever publish a book of her own poetry. She was raised in the Kaihu Valley at a time when it was banned to speak in her own language. After a series of tragic family events she left the valley of her birth. Although she fled the country of her birth the love for her land and culture never left her. The impact of her childhood trauma played out in the raising of her own children, fracturing dreams she had of raising a happy family; although scattered around the world, her children and grandchildren have all journeyed to this tiny valley seeking answers to life's big questions.

What answers have they found? What is the power of the land? What impacts do the ancestors have upon this current generation? How do we embrace the gifts and grow beyond the wounds of the past?

                                                                        

Having been raised away from Aotearoa Julian asks his mother, "Am I a real Māori?"           She responds, "Being Māori is in your bones".

Julian started returning to the valley over 30 years ago. He always felt a mystical connection to the land of his forefathers. He began to realise that the land and ancestors spoke in a language his western upbringing had not prepared him for, this prompted a deep personal journey to understand his cultural roots.

This project honours Te Ao Māori the traditional perspective inherent in Māori culture.

The journey to connect and understand what it is to be Māori continues to be a deeply personal and at times lonely journey. What he has discovered is both deeply human and universal, offering value to other cultures.

Bones will be presented through a variety of medium:

A book        A documentary       

A series of theatrical live readings         A solo theatre show         

A workshop series for people to explore their ancestral connections.                            .........................................................................................

Whanau.

       

Click on any of the images above to see a public rehearsal/reading.

We have already achieved a lot:

20 stories and 45 poems have been written.   

Public readings of work in progress are already happening

An amazing team of artists, director, composer and a documentray maker have gathered to make this project a reality.

                                 ......................................................................................

We will bring the stories to life via both inter-active engagement with audiences             in a variety of settings from lounge rooms, cafes, maraes (tribal gathering grounds) and theatres and a documentary.

       

Māori culture acknowledges we are always connected to our ancestors. They pass on the gifts of culture, wisdom, mana, and time honoured healing and spiritual practices, they also pass on unfinished family business.

                                How do we honour the wounds and the wonder of these gifts?

                                    .......................................................................................

We are seeking $3,000

The funds will enable us to:

Travel as a team to the Kaihu Valley, meet whanau and the elders and find stories they want told.

Film 5 interviews for the documentary.

Create a network of performance venues in Northland.

Record 5 stories for the audio book.

Pay for a composer to create soundtracks for the 5 stories.

Hire Costs  Recording studio.

Director's fees.     

Documentary costs.

                                ................................................................................................

The Bones Team, is a collection of award winning artists: a director, composer designer, stage manager, dramaturg writer and performer.

          

                             

"Julian's powerful stories and Eve's poems need to be heard in Aotearoa and beyond to show there are ways to heal our wounds by bringing awareness to ourselves, our communities and our ancestors".                                                                                                Martine Baanvinger.

Martine Baanvinger, a Dutch born theatre director, actor and writer. She is the founder of Dramalab, a South Island theatre company that devises it's own original performances. Direct and true connection to the audience plus innovation stand at the centre of her approach to theatre. Martine specialises in physical theatre and intimate storytelling. She devises, performs and tours solo shows throughout Aotearoa.

Julian Noel, I am Ngapuhi, Ngati Whatua, my roots are in the Kaihu valley. My marae is Taita Marae. My grandfather was Hone Nathan, my mother was Evelyn Patuawa Nathan. I am a writer, storyteller, poet and actor. I trained as an actor at The Victorian College of the Arts, I focused on self devised work creating my own material. After graduating i worked in film, television and theatre. I preferred working on new works.

"I have a longstanding friendship with Julian Noel, going back to Melbourne in the late 1980's, where I designed a show he acted in at La Mama theatre, and where I met his own Mama. I am aware of his family story and am keen to see it unfold in a way that engages our heart's and minds with shared ghosts and inherited traumas".                                    Dr. Dorita Hannah

Dr. Dorita Hannah, is an independent academic and performance designer who has worked in New Zealand and abroad with her work spanning the spatial, performing, visual and culinary arts. She has designed for the New Zealand festival of the arts, Auckland Arts Festival, Downstage and Taki Rua Theatre. She collaborated with choreographer Carol Brown on dance and architecture in Aotearoa, Greece, Australia and the Czech Republic. Her work is acclaimed internationally and has won many awards.

"I look forward to supporting this production with original music and sound design that compliments these remarkable tales and brings them to life".                Marshall Smith

Marshall Smith, Composer and producer. MD of the Soundroom, he composes for theatre, film and T.V.. He is an APRA Silver Scroll Finalist, who won a place at the Berlinale, and ART Venture Award along with a professional development award from the NZ Film Commission. Marshall is also co-Founder and co-chair of The Screen Music & Sound Guild of New Zealand.

"When I heard about Julian's project I felt inspired and wanted to be part of such an important kaupapa. I have seen first-hand his passion to share Te Ao Māori Stories and believe this kaupapa needs to be shared not only with Aotearoa, but the world".                             Holly Beckham

Holly Beckham, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Rangi is an award winning documentary director. She thrives on telling stories through the lens of Te Ao Māori. She studied Documentary Directing at South Seas Film School where she produced and directed He Ara Anō a powerful documentary about addiction in Māori wahine which has won over 20 international awards. She is currently working at Greenstone TV working on various TV shows. She is currently working on her latest project, Mana Over Meth, which will be shown on TVNZ on demand in November.

"I worked closely with Julian in the 1980's when we studied together at The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. In 2021 Julian invited me to 'flesh' out the 'Bones' team. Drawing on a shared understanding of the actor's performance process, Julian and I engaged in a close text analysis of the language, images and profound insights embedded in Julian's powerful stories".

Michael Winchester, trained as an actor at the Victorian College of the Arts, and has Master of the Arts in performance studies he has enjoyed a successful career spanning 40 years in the arts, community and education sector as an actor, writer, producer and performer in theatre, film, radio and T.V. 

Merilee Bennett, writing coach and creative advisor, is an artist, award winning film maker, photographer, writer, educator and facilitator, much of her life and art has been an exploration of the archetypal realm and how we interct with that realm in our every day lives. She has over 20 years experience leading creative journeys and life story writing.

" I am excited to be part of this project. I believe this team has been led here for a unique reason and purpose. I sense the tipuna (ancestors) are guiding us. The warm wairua (essence) connected to the bones of this project inspires me to offer my skills and experience in order to make a difference. I look forward to the raw unfolding journey we will all go on as we bring BONES to life. Ultimately I want to inspire future generations to succeed in their endeavours."

Harmony Young, is skilled in the areas of technical, touring and production management. She has been involved in theatre, events, festivals and films throughout Aotearoa for the past 14 years. her C.V includes Disney, Aladdin, Browadway Musical, Madonna's tour and many other well known projects.

 

           

        The paintings on this page are the work of Eve Patuawa Nathan.

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Claire
2022-06-27 21:17:43 +1200

"Looking forward to reading the stories Uncle Jules"

Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i
2022-06-27 21:05:33 +1200
Gladys Henderson
2022-06-23 12:45:46 +1200
Glenn NICHOLSON
2022-06-22 22:14:50 +1200

"May the force be with you ...a great gift for future generations ♥️"

Judith Corner
2022-06-21 20:48:47 +1200

"Looking forward to your book"

Anonymous pledger
2022-06-21 17:47:32 +1200

"Good luck mate. Anatole"

Kathleen Beckham
2022-06-15 19:06:40 +1200

"Best of luck "

Merilee Bennett
2022-06-15 17:16:58 +1200
Martine Baanvinger Singh
2022-06-15 15:50:30 +1200

"I'm the first pledger to this fantastic campaign, cant wait to see the end result :-)"

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Bones: Saving Māori Stories For Future Generations.

Project 2022-05-25 18:52:04 +1200

Julian Noel        

The elders are dying. Within their bones are the stories of the land, the ancestors and legends of the past. These stories carry threads of knowledge and wisdom which we can weave to create a brighter future for future generations.

Our vision: is to capture these stories of the past and to empower future generations to create new narratives for themselves.

Help us to record these important stories before they are lost.

At the heart of the project lies a series of short stories by emerging Māori writer, actor and storyteller, Julian Noel, of Ngapuhi descent. His stories centre around the important narratives that have been passed down generation to generation through the Nathan family.

"Julian is a gifted and fearless writer and storyteller who brings a profound, uncompromising authenticity to the journey of his ancestors, his childhood and his journey as an adult navigating Te Ao Māori - first as an outsider and then ultimately after his homecoming, as an inspired poet and theatre maker. Julian delivers a magical story far beyond the inter-generational wounds of family and cultural violence, through the doorway into the sacred, where the ancestral songs of healing and wisdom can be heard  in the surrounding hills of the Kaihu valley".

                           Bones team member Michael WinchesterActor, writer, director, film maker.

               

 

"What do the ancestors want us to know about our past? How do we heal ancient wounds? How do we honour the gifts? How can the stories we carry in our bones guide us today?"

Martine Baanvinger, Theatre director, writer and producer along with Julian Noel have drawn together an outstanding team to both capture and bring these ancient stories to life on stage and screen.

"I am committed to telling stories of Aotearoa that are truly of 'this place' and engaging with key Māori principles in performance such as manaakitanga and whanaungatanga. Storytelling in the theatre not only celebrates who we are in Aotearoa, New Zealand, but also allows us to engage with difficult issues in ways that are truly human".

                                                            Dr. Dorita Hannah, performance, set and stage design.

These inter-generational themed stories affirm humanity at it's deepest and show a pathway for healing. This is a unique project weaving together the words and insights from mother and son showing how one generation can learn and grow from the pains of the past.

           

Julian's mother, Eve Patuawa Nathan, Ngapuhi was both a visual artist and one of the first Maori women to ever publish a book of her own poetry. She was raised in the Kaihu Valley at a time when it was banned to speak in her own language. After a series of tragic family events she left the valley of her birth. Although she fled the country of her birth the love for her land and culture never left her. The impact of her childhood trauma played out in the raising of her own children, fracturing dreams she had of raising a happy family; although scattered around the world, her children and grandchildren have all journeyed to this tiny valley seeking answers to life's big questions.

What answers have they found? What is the power of the land? What impacts do the ancestors have upon this current generation? How do we embrace the gifts and grow beyond the wounds of the past?

                                                                        

Having been raised away from Aotearoa Julian asks his mother, "Am I a real Māori?"           She responds, "Being Māori is in your bones".

Julian started returning to the valley over 30 years ago. He always felt a mystical connection to the land of his forefathers. He began to realise that the land and ancestors spoke in a language his western upbringing had not prepared him for, this prompted a deep personal journey to understand his cultural roots.

This project honours Te Ao Māori the traditional perspective inherent in Māori culture.

The journey to connect and understand what it is to be Māori continues to be a deeply personal and at times lonely journey. What he has discovered is both deeply human and universal, offering value to other cultures.

Bones will be presented through a variety of medium:

A book        A documentary       

A series of theatrical live readings         A solo theatre show         

A workshop series for people to explore their ancestral connections.                            .........................................................................................

Whanau.

       

Click on any of the images above to see a public rehearsal/reading.

We have already achieved a lot:

20 stories and 45 poems have been written.   

Public readings of work in progress are already happening

An amazing team of artists, director, composer and a documentray maker have gathered to make this project a reality.

                                 ......................................................................................

We will bring the stories to life via both inter-active engagement with audiences             in a variety of settings from lounge rooms, cafes, maraes (tribal gathering grounds) and theatres and a documentary.

       

Māori culture acknowledges we are always connected to our ancestors. They pass on the gifts of culture, wisdom, mana, and time honoured healing and spiritual practices, they also pass on unfinished family business.

                                How do we honour the wounds and the wonder of these gifts?

                                    .......................................................................................

We are seeking $3,000

The funds will enable us to:

Travel as a team to the Kaihu Valley, meet whanau and the elders and find stories they want told.

Film 5 interviews for the documentary.

Create a network of performance venues in Northland.

Record 5 stories for the audio book.

Pay for a composer to create soundtracks for the 5 stories.

Hire Costs  Recording studio.

Director's fees.     

Documentary costs.

                                ................................................................................................

The Bones Team, is a collection of award winning artists: a director, composer designer, stage manager, dramaturg writer and performer.

          

                             

"Julian's powerful stories and Eve's poems need to be heard in Aotearoa and beyond to show there are ways to heal our wounds by bringing awareness to ourselves, our communities and our ancestors".                                                                                                Martine Baanvinger.

Martine Baanvinger, a Dutch born theatre director, actor and writer. She is the founder of Dramalab, a South Island theatre company that devises it's own original performances. Direct and true connection to the audience plus innovation stand at the centre of her approach to theatre. Martine specialises in physical theatre and intimate storytelling. She devises, performs and tours solo shows throughout Aotearoa.

Julian Noel, I am Ngapuhi, Ngati Whatua, my roots are in the Kaihu valley. My marae is Taita Marae. My grandfather was Hone Nathan, my mother was Evelyn Patuawa Nathan. I am a writer, storyteller, poet and actor. I trained as an actor at The Victorian College of the Arts, I focused on self devised work creating my own material. After graduating i worked in film, television and theatre. I preferred working on new works.

"I have a longstanding friendship with Julian Noel, going back to Melbourne in the late 1980's, where I designed a show he acted in at La Mama theatre, and where I met his own Mama. I am aware of his family story and am keen to see it unfold in a way that engages our heart's and minds with shared ghosts and inherited traumas".                                    Dr. Dorita Hannah

Dr. Dorita Hannah, is an independent academic and performance designer who has worked in New Zealand and abroad with her work spanning the spatial, performing, visual and culinary arts. She has designed for the New Zealand festival of the arts, Auckland Arts Festival, Downstage and Taki Rua Theatre. She collaborated with choreographer Carol Brown on dance and architecture in Aotearoa, Greece, Australia and the Czech Republic. Her work is acclaimed internationally and has won many awards.

"I look forward to supporting this production with original music and sound design that compliments these remarkable tales and brings them to life".                Marshall Smith

Marshall Smith, Composer and producer. MD of the Soundroom, he composes for theatre, film and T.V.. He is an APRA Silver Scroll Finalist, who won a place at the Berlinale, and ART Venture Award along with a professional development award from the NZ Film Commission. Marshall is also co-Founder and co-chair of The Screen Music & Sound Guild of New Zealand.

"When I heard about Julian's project I felt inspired and wanted to be part of such an important kaupapa. I have seen first-hand his passion to share Te Ao Māori Stories and believe this kaupapa needs to be shared not only with Aotearoa, but the world".                             Holly Beckham

Holly Beckham, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Rangi is an award winning documentary director. She thrives on telling stories through the lens of Te Ao Māori. She studied Documentary Directing at South Seas Film School where she produced and directed He Ara Anō a powerful documentary about addiction in Māori wahine which has won over 20 international awards. She is currently working at Greenstone TV working on various TV shows. She is currently working on her latest project, Mana Over Meth, which will be shown on TVNZ on demand in November.

"I worked closely with Julian in the 1980's when we studied together at The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. In 2021 Julian invited me to 'flesh' out the 'Bones' team. Drawing on a shared understanding of the actor's performance process, Julian and I engaged in a close text analysis of the language, images and profound insights embedded in Julian's powerful stories".

Michael Winchester, trained as an actor at the Victorian College of the Arts, and has Master of the Arts in performance studies he has enjoyed a successful career spanning 40 years in the arts, community and education sector as an actor, writer, producer and performer in theatre, film, radio and T.V. 

Merilee Bennett, writing coach and creative advisor, is an artist, award winning film maker, photographer, writer, educator and facilitator, much of her life and art has been an exploration of the archetypal realm and how we interct with that realm in our every day lives. She has over 20 years experience leading creative journeys and life story writing.

" I am excited to be part of this project. I believe this team has been led here for a unique reason and purpose. I sense the tipuna (ancestors) are guiding us. The warm wairua (essence) connected to the bones of this project inspires me to offer my skills and experience in order to make a difference. I look forward to the raw unfolding journey we will all go on as we bring BONES to life. Ultimately I want to inspire future generations to succeed in their endeavours."

Harmony Young, is skilled in the areas of technical, touring and production management. She has been involved in theatre, events, festivals and films throughout Aotearoa for the past 14 years. her C.V includes Disney, Aladdin, Browadway Musical, Madonna's tour and many other well known projects.

 

           

        The paintings on this page are the work of Eve Patuawa Nathan.

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Claire
2022-06-27 21:17:43 +1200

"Looking forward to reading the stories Uncle Jules"

Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i
2022-06-27 21:05:33 +1200
Gladys Henderson
2022-06-23 12:45:46 +1200
Glenn NICHOLSON
2022-06-22 22:14:50 +1200

"May the force be with you ...a great gift for future generations ♥️"

Judith Corner
2022-06-21 20:48:47 +1200

"Looking forward to your book"

Anonymous pledger
2022-06-21 17:47:32 +1200

"Good luck mate. Anatole"

Kathleen Beckham
2022-06-15 19:06:40 +1200

"Best of luck "

Merilee Bennett
2022-06-15 17:16:58 +1200
Martine Baanvinger Singh
2022-06-15 15:50:30 +1200

"I'm the first pledger to this fantastic campaign, cant wait to see the end result :-)"

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