Copper Promises is a new solo dance work by Victoria Hunt exploring the cultural and physical journey of Hinemihi, a female ancestor and a ceremonial space connected with Hunt’s Maori cultural heritage. Hinemihi’s story is interwoven with Hunt’s own journey, of finding family, of reconnecting with her culture, and of learning from land, ancestors and peers. A collaboration with Hunt’s extended family and other artists, Copper Promises creates distinctive movement and imagery, merging feeling and gesture as they echo across landscape and through time. It is a lament, a pilgrimage, a protest for ‘Taonga’, ancestral treasures.

Season Details

Performance Space at Carriageworks

245 Wilson Street Eveleigh

4-12 May, 2012

4 May 8pm
5 May 6pm
8-12 May 8pm
Green Matinee 12 May 2pm

$30 Full / $20 Concessions
Book now on 1300 723 038 or visit


Join us for a Hangi (dinner cooked in a Maori earth oven) after the show on the 4th, 5th and 12th and support the whanau in their fundraising to take back to Aotearoa the remains of Aunty Waikura and Uncle Jack. ($12 donation)

Reviews (PDF)

SMH_CopperPromises_9 May 2012

ArtsHub_Copper Promises_8 May 2012


Research & Development Stages

Stage One – Artist Residency, Waikato Institute of New Technology, supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Aotearoa, New Zealand 2003

Stage Two – Skills Development, supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Aotearoa New Zealand 2006

Stage Three – Conceptual Development, Performance Space Residency, Carriageworks 2007
Stage Four – Research Development, Performance Space Residency, Aotearoa New Zealand, Jun-July 2008

Stage Five – Public Discussion, Performance Space, Sydney September 2008

Stage Six – Choreographic Research Residency, 100 Cloaks Gone Before Dawn, Critical Path, Feb-March 2009

Stage Seven – Performance Research presented at Kiss Club, Bill & George, Sydney August 2009

Stage Eight – Performance Research presented at Kiss Club Incubator, Club House, Performance Space, March 2010

Stage Nine – Performed Conversation: Dancing the Dead, at Performance Space LiveWorks Festival November 2010

Stage Ten – Performed Conversation: Dancing the Dead, at In-Between Time Festival in Bristol UK, November 2010

Stage Eleven– Choreographic Research, Hinemihi Haka, Ausdance Residency, Fraser St Studios, June 2011

Stage Twelve– Choreographic Research, Lighting Thresholds, Critical Path July-August 2011

Stage Thirteen – Choreographic Research Residency, Rex Cramphorn, University of Sydney, Dec 2011

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