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Kaitiaki: Striking Lava


FCAC Temporarily Closed – Kaitiaki: Striking Lava Cancelled.

In light of the Australian Government’s recent advice on COVID-19, Kaitiaki: Striking Lava has been cancelled. Please click here to read our full media release outlining the impact on upcoming events.

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How do we reform in the face of relentless violations? When our lands, our bodies, our languages, and our communities are under fire?

Isabella  Whāwhai  Waru’s Kaitiaki: Striking Lava is a new dance work honouring Indigenous resilience and vitality. The work responds to the ongoing violation of Indigenous lands and peoples with an incantation for strength, tenderness and protection, channeling the forces of an evolving, growing, grieving and rising land and community.

All across the world, Indigenous bodies hold the frontlines while under constant strain of persecution and violence–from the desecration of sacred lands and waters such as Ihumatao and Pukeatua in Aotearoa, birthing trees on Djab Wurrung country, Victoria, Mauna Kea, Hawai’i, pipeline threats on Wet’suwet’en lands, so-called-Canada, the burning of sacred lands accross so-called-Australia, California and the Amazon. Indigenous peoples are the sovereign protectors, guides and healers of their lands and peoples around the world.

Kaitiaki: Striking Lava is an honouring of Indigenous peoples. The earth and her children. A mountain that remakes itself. A land that heals itself and returns stronger every time.

Friday 22 May, 7pm (with Welcome to Country in Auslan)
Saturday 23 May, 7pm

VENUE: FCAC Amphitheatre. Meet in FCAC Foyer.

Full $28
Concession $23
Blaktix $10 / Free

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*All profits from Kaitiaki: Striking Lava will be donated to Indigenous organisations working towards justice of their land and communities. This performance is FREE for all First Nations audience (discount code: manaaki). If you wish to donate via the performance, you are also welcome to purchase $10 Blaktix.

This production contains mature themes. It may also contain some dynamic sound and lighting.

Dress weather appropriate as the show is outdoors, bring pillows/blankets if desired for comfort and warmth.

Mature themes: themes relating to abuse of power and privilege, themes of racism ad references to racism and references to oppression.

Mature themes: some movement in this production may cause distress to audience members due to associations with violence, colonisation and intergenerational trauma.

Mature themes: references to current environmental, cultural and political issues which may cause distress to some audience members.

Creator & Performer: Isabella Whāwhai Waru (Ngati Tūkorehe, Te Ati Awa)
Collaborator: Denys Mason
Design & Photography: Ella Rowe & Irihipeti Waretini
Mentor: Lindsay Poutama
Costume Designer: Remuse

E mihi tēnei ki te mana whenua o nga iwi Moemoea.

Nga kaitiaki o tēnei whenua, Ko Ngati Boonwurrung, me ko Ngati Wurundjeri o te iwi Kulin.

E mihi nui ki te tupuna, ki te rangatira, ki te kaumatua, ki te tangata whenua o te ao.

E nga kaitiaki a Papatūānuku me a Rangi nui.

Nga mihi tino nui tòku whānau me toku whenua, ko ngati Tūkorehe, ko Te Ati Awa, ko te whānau Meihana-Waru, ko Te whānau Coogan, ko te whānau Blakeney – the blood, seed, birthplace and burial ground of everything that I am and will ever take form as.

Thank you to the ones who allow me to walk with them, who allow the cultivation of love, partnership and evolution in our shared space.

Thank you to all who guide, reflect, feed, protect and nurture this earth, its Indigenous peoples and/or me. Caring for the land and its peoples, in the end and in the beginning, are (and must be) the same thing.

Kaitiaki: Striking Lava is supported by Maribyrnong City Council, Brunswick Mechanics Institute, Lucy Guerin Inc and the Victorian State Government through the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

1- Image by Irihipeti Waretini.

Date & Times

Friday 22 May, 7pm
Saturday 23 May, 7pm


FCAC Amphitheatre


Full $28
Concession $23
Blaktix $10 / Free

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