MANA opens up with the first-ever HEIVA DENVER. This is our 'Ori-Tahiti competition where teams from all parts of the world will showcase their talents in both team and singles formats. Competitors will be held to a strict judging system of authenticity, costume, ability, and creativity whilst vying for the prestigious HEIVA DENVER trophies in either category.
'Ori Tahiti is not possible without a drumming ensemble. A complete ensemble is typically comprised of the Pahu, to'ere, fa'tete, and a few more drummers, no matter the number of members. We will be grading on the same scale as the dancers. Creativity is key!
Performances will take place in a single-elimination format. Winners of the first round will advance to day two Sunday, August 25th for the final.
RULES coming soon.
The ʻōteʻa (usually written as otea) is a traditional dance from Tahiti characterized by a rapid hip-shaking motion to percussion accompaniment. The dancers, standing in several rows, may be further choreographed to execute different figures (including tamau, varu, otamu, ami, and fa'arapu) while maintaining the hip-shaking. The hip motion itself may in some choreographies be synchronized amongst multiple dancers and may be further coordinated with the accompanying percussion arrangement.