Sunday, 18 March 2012

Kapa Haka (Traditional Maori Performing Arts)

Kapa Haka is intrinsic to New Zealand’s cultural identity. The meaning of Kapa Haka is  stand in a row  (kapa) and dance (haka). This performing art present the combination of sing, dance, expression and movement. Performed both ceremonially and competitively, the power of Kapa Haka to convey a range of emotions is undeniable.
To commemorate this art, New Zealand Post issued the stamp set that captures the dynamism and strong cultural tradition of Kapa Haka on February 17, 2011. The issue comprised of six postage stamps. All six stamps are displayed together on the miniature sheet and first day cover, forming a complete picture of the six aspects of Kapa Haka.

Whakaeke - 60c
Whakaeke is a choreographed entrance onto the performance area, where elements of all discipline are utilized.

Poi - 60c
Poi is a graceful aspect of the Kapa Haka performance, where the dancer (usually female) swings a raupo ball on the end of flax cord.

imageWaiata-a-ringa – $1.20
Waiata-a-ringa are action songs, where the hands, face, eyes and body combine to bring from the words.

Haka – $1.90
The Haka is the most widely known discipline, made famous worldwide by New Zealand’s sport teams. It’s an aspect of Maori culture embraced by all New Zealanders.

Whakawatea –$2.40
Whakawatea is a choreographed exit off performance area, where once again elements of discipline are utilized.

Moteatea – $2.90
The discipline of Moteatea is traditional chant, however contemporary compositions are becoming more common.

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