At the heart of Wariki’s performances is the re-creation of traditional art forms into theatrical productions. However, though we describe certain arts as traditional today, they have not always had such a tangible form. They are born of the underlying hopes and beliefs of our ancestors and are the culmination of generations of refinement. Disciplines are passed on from person to person and refined through criticism and even competition. Through this process, slowly the unnecessary and unreasonable elements of the original form are stripped away leaving what we call tradition. The ascension of tradition involves the transmission of experience and technique, posing the question, “How was this effectively utilized in the past?” then asking of the next generation, “How will you put this to use?” and finally challenging us to ask, “What will we create now?”
Wariki is not a fixed membership organization.
Wariki is the name given to that space and time in which artists who create their own realities, seeking out those forms that they cannot create alone, can come to produce new ideas and possibilities embracing the mutual influence of like-minded artists.