This morning Q friends and whanau gathered outside 305 Queen Street for Q’s dawn blessing. The ceremony brings life and energy into the building, both as an honouring of all those who have helped to build it, and to make it ready for those who will visit Q in the future.
The ceremony was held by our Ngati Whatua elders, Matt and Bob, who led us through the building, blessing each space individually with karakia and waiata. Lisa Reihana’s magnificent artwork, which was commissioned by Q and our maori reference group Reo Whakahaere, was also blessed. Lisa told the story which inspired her work, that of Rangimarie, who used dance to warn her people of an enemy trap and help them escape certain death.
The final space to be blessed was Q’s main auditorium, Rangatira. The name means weaver of people and elder Matt took a moment to honour Sir Paul Reeves, saying that as one Rangatira passes, another is born.
Q’s board chairman Andrew Caisley then thanked all the many people who have been involved in Q and dedicated their time over so many years. He also talked about the great traditions of theatre that precede Q’s creation, from ancient Greek amphitheatres to the Shakespearean Globe, which was one of the inspirations for the shape of Rangatira.
After the ceremony we gathered in the cafe, Citizen Q, for breakfast – the first of many to be shared by Q whanau in our new home.
- Posted Tuesday 16 August 2011
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