CHARLES KORONEHO (MTL/NZL) — Tinana | Whenua performance workshop

For reasons out of his control, Charles Koroneho had to go back to Aotearoa in New Zealand and will therefore be unable to teach in June at Studio 303.

“This workshop was fantastic! 5 days of intense work that he shares with warmth and lightness. Please bring back Charles, the most collaborative and generous artist!” – Anonymous

Tinana | Whenua introduces indigenous philosophical perspectives to explore concepts of body and landscape. Participants are invited to investigate the intersections between humans and environments and how they affect our cultural and individual relationship to territory and ancestry. The foundational approach of the workshop is to examine and develop an understanding of the individual, communal and ceremonial body in movement and performance. To consider the experiential body within the greater context of land and acknowledge a landscape of culture, politics, history and spirituality.

The workshop invites participants to bring and contribute their artistic practice to research movement, improvisation and performance with facilitator Charles Koroneho. Tinana | Whenua will be conducted in the studio and outdoors on the site of Mont Royal. It also offers those who have a specific interest in indigenous and contemporary performance an opportunity to explore this process in situ; to develop an understanding of how contemporary culture, creativity and indigenous philosophy are proposed within the experiential learning environment of Te Toki Haruru; the conceptual platform and framework for performance research and presentations by Charles Koroneho

Charles Koroneho works in the fields of culture, performance, visual arts and education.  He created Te Toki Haruru (est 1997) to explore cultural collaboration and the intersection between dance, theatre and design. His projects are presented as performances, workshops and research exploring the collision between Maori cosmology, New Zealand society and global cultures. Charles is a graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance and Elam School of Fine Arts. He has performed extensively in New Zealand and abroad with Te Toki Haruru, Lemi Ponifasio MAU, and worked in collaboration with Min Tanaka and Guillermo Gomez-Pena. Charles shares his vision of dance and performance by providing movement, improvisation classes and creative workshops for dancers, actors, performance artists and supports the arts community as a collaborative director, cultural consultant and mentor. In 2014, Charles was awarded The Arts Foundation of New Zealand Arts Laureate for Dance. He was appointed Adjunct Professor for the Contemporary Dance Program, Unitec Institute of Technology for 2017-2018.

All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at To reserve your spot, please pay at least 2 weeks before the start of the workshop.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person ($1 to $2 fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

*Emploi-Québec – With the support of Emploi-Québec. In order to get this rate, participants must be Canadian citizens or permanent resident and live in Québec. Full-time students and social assistance beneficiaries are not eligible to this rate. In case of inadmissibility, you can refer to the non-eligible rate, contact us for questions.

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