Traditional Hoko Dance Workshop
Hoko is a traditional Rapa Nui dance that was performed in the past by warriors and high rank chiefs. Through Hoko, the ancient Rapa nui people would tell stories, prepare for ceremonies and lift up the spirit before going to war. Hoko is closely related to the Haka from New Zealand and it is mainly a war or warrior dance. Traditionally performed by man due to its dynamic and demanding physical movements, yet, Yoyo’s approach today welcomes both genders to join and experience it. To be able to dance or perform Hoko you need to follow a chant, which is generally accompanied by a traditional drumbeat. As you sing alongside the repetitive percussive drumbeat, you will use your body to express the lyrics of this chant. Once you’ve learned the chant, and become flown with the movements, a whole synchronised flow starts to happen and you find your body, voice and spirit working together.
This is an introductory workshop, when Hoko is performed regularly and for long hours, it can become a powerful fitness tool that will strengthen your body’s muscles and help with your posture. It can also be a potent releasing and cleansing tool for the body and spirit, with its intense body movements and vocal chanting. If you want to connect with the Earth, feel grounded and get out of your head, while gaining physical fitness in a cultural-meaningful way, then Hoko might be a good discipline for you. In this workshop, you will be guided through each one of the moves and learn the meanings of the powerful chants.
Facilitators: Yoyo Tuki. Sometimes accompanied by 2 live percussionists.
Venue requirements: Suitable space-venue (ideally a dance or fitness room with a mirror. A nice clear outdoors area is suitable as well, PA system to connect IPOD.
Student requirements: Suitable and comfortable dressing, water, towel.
Note: This workshop is available for adults and schools. Please get in touch to further discuss.