TADRA and other visions
Sat 4 Feb 2:00 p.m.
"Break open our chest, watch the centipedes pour out.
We feel like a god when we bleed this heavy".
TADRA, and other visions is a short dance offering in support of the visions, memories and belief conjured throughout the expansive exhibition Whetūrangatia/ Made As Stars. Through the live embodiment (performance) from Jahra Wasasala and Ooshcon. TADRA, and other visions welcomes into the gallery the moving and breathing amalgamation of the dreams buried and found, and the bodies they have built for themselves.
Jahra (Arieta) Wasasala is a Fijian/Pakeha world-builder, movement psychopomp and writer of realms. Within Viti, they hail from the provinces of Macuata and Ba. Jahra is based in the relational space between a world ending and another world beginning. They centre dance as the chosen tool of transmutation, living-memory, and embodiment, whilst expanding that living work into sound, adornment, poetry, sculpture, and digital realms through their collaborations that have travelled internationally. Jahra gives gratitude to Tāmaki Makaurau (raised) and Te Awa Kairangi-ki-Uta (current) and their multiple iwi, and to the influence that relationship to place undoubtedly has on every artist’s work. Jahra affectionately sees their work as 'Oceanic Terror-fi', and constantly moves towards being spirit-led and blood-led in their evolving creative offering.