My piece 'Hīkoi' was performed again by the APO (Conductor David Kay) at the APO Kiwi Kapers Concert 2020 at the Kiri the Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland CBD, NZ 28/10/2020 as well as the Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Road, Wiri, Manukau, NZ 29/10/2020. Both concerts were presented by Suzy Cato, well-known New Zealand children's entertainer from Suzy's World (a show I watched growing up). In this concert, the APO was supported with the on-stage performance of the Massive Theatre, who portrayed the life of three remarkable New Zealand women, Nancy Wake, Jean Batten and Ruia Morison. The Massive Theatre is directed by Wesley Dowdell and the actors were Margaret Mary Hollins, Renaye Tamati, Trae te Wiki. 'Hīkoi' was selected to support the life of Ruia Morrison, a Māori tennis legend who played at Wimbledon and reached the quarter-finals in 1957. I was lucky enough to meet her at the event, and as it turns out we are distantly related from my mothers whānau! Felicity McKenzie said this about the piece for the event:
'Hīkoi translates as journey in Reuben’s work. It has a trepidation about it in the opening section, like the trepidation of journeying away from your home. But builds to a very graceful cinematic middle section that felt to me like the beauty of new discovery and may echo her style as a tennis player. Following this there is a short reserved section of longing for home. But then the percussion takes over and we have a powerful and victorious finale of discovering the inner strength to be who you are on your own journey.'
You can read more about the event here.