Haka – a dance, but nothing that has anything to do with our picture of dance. Haka is connecting with our energy, to focus our force, our will, our courage and our anger. Through channelling our concentrated force with the help of our voice and movements we are able to express our force creative and not destructive.
The word “Haka” comes from the Maori tradition and the meaning is simple “dance”.
Haka is a statement and can tell a story, but it can also express the opinion from a single person or a group. Haka for example is also used to focus the force of a group to pull together a big Waka (canoe) across waves onshore. But Haka is also used as push before a battle and to scare the opponent.
I have been taught in Aotearoa (New Zealand) by the Kaumatua (high ranking senior) Moetatua Turoa. Once he told me: “a man has force, ten men have ten times more force, but if this ten men focus their force and start to move in a common rhythm, the force will multiply itself.” My teacher grants a permit to me to bring the art of Haka to Europe and to teach and pass it on.
The Maori culture and the Maori men and women are the bearer of this archaic art form, the expression of concentrated wild energy. No doubt that also our Celtic and German ancestors had a form of Haka to express their force. It is a necessity for every human to connect with his or her force and to be in the personal force.
Haka offers the potential to go wild without harming someone. One of the Haka that I teach is in German (original) or Dutch or English composed and choreographed by me as part of my teachings, it is not a translated traditional Maori Haka. Of course traditional Haka are also part of my teachings, depending to the situation.
© By Klaus Wintersteller 03/2007