About Tahitian Dance
With its stunning costumes, ecstatic drumming, melodic harmonies, and exuberant choreography, Tahitian dance is a captivating spectacle of strength, beauty, and joy.
An ancient dance that predates colonial contact, Ori Tahiti was banned by early 19th century Europeans who found it obscene. It returned cautiously in the early 20th century and by the 1950s experienced a full-fledged revival with codification of steps, elaborate costumes, and later popular competitions, such as the iconic Heiva I Tahiti, Tahiti's month-long celebration of Polynesian culture that brings together the best dance and traditional singing groups.
Tahitian dance today is alive and well, an exhilarating mix of tradition and creative interpretation, constantly finding new ways to excite and amaze.
Though Ori Tahiti enjoys a vibrant culture in Tahiti and has spread across the Pacific to Japan and California, it hasn't quite taken root yet here in New York. Ori Manea hopes to change that.