Coco Hotahota celebrates the 55th anniversary of the birth of its mythical group, Temaeva, and this year offers a traditional show on the Marae Arahurahu in Paea. Produced by the French Polynesia Artistic Conservatory with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Te Hau pahu nui promises a real recreation time carried by about a hundred artists, including a singing group.
Under the theme of Te Hau Pahu Nui, Temaeva relates the alliance of the chiefdoms of Tahiti, Moorea and Maia’o. If this agreement constitutes a formidable union to face the possible attacks, it is also a pretext in its interpretation to the staging of royal courts’ glory and allows to revive the Maimoa or epa dances. Each island is identified by its color: Tahiti red and white, Moorea yellow and white, Maia’o black and white.
To the sound of all the instruments, the dancers appear on both sides of the marae, perform an ‘öte’a’ ‘ötamu’ and then retreat and settle in tïfene. The men enter in turn on a ta’au (prayer). While they dance their ‘öte’a’ pahu ‘, the dancers propose an ‘aparima vävä at the same time as the ‘öte’a of men. But at the sound of the pü, time and the dances stop: royal courts make their entrance.
Te Hau Pahu Nui: Saturdays 1, 08, 15, 22 and 29 July 2017 at 3:45pm
Marae Arahurahu in Paea
Single price : 2 000 Fcfp
Tickets on sale in Radio 1 and both Carrefour shopping centers
Information +689 40 50 14 14 / 40 434 100