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Hudson Valley Presents Kahurangi, A New Zealand Dance Company

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Kahurangi, the Maori Dance Theater of New Zealand, will perform at Hudson Valley Community College on Saturday, November 23. The feature event of Hudson Valley's cultural affairs' series "Alive: A Celebration of the Arts and Humanities," Kahurangi will perform in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the show is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and high school students, $8 for children up to 14 years old, and free for Hudson Valley students.

Kahurangi, which translates to Cloak From Heaven, will bring a collection of vibrant traditional Maori culture, music and dance styles dating back to the 10th century, when their first migration from Hawaiki to New Zealand occurred.

A majority of the songs and dances that Kahurangi performs are part of the history and fabric of Maori life. The group bridges the past and present with genealogical chants, martial arts techniques, and powerful songs with a forcefulness that spring from cultural pride and personal conviction.

The entire Kahurangi presentation will be narrated.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning.