The country with a team of 25 dancers and drummers, was one of the Pacific nations involved in the Tattoo held last week. The others were Papua New Guinea (85 performers), Fiji (50), Samoa (26), the Solomon Islands (21), Tonga (50) and Vanuatu (26).
The Cook Islands National Arts Theatre team featured the art forms of their ancestors – dance, drumming, storytelling, costumes, arts and crafts.
Tour manager Glenda Tuaine said they worked hard with all the Pacific brothers and sisters to let the region shine in the prestigious event.
“The producers knew we were well prepared and a team that brought skill in production knowledge, choreography and musical composition,” Tuaine said.
She said the Cook Islands made a significant impact with the Tattoo chief executive officer Brigadier David Allfrey pursuing options for regular attendance.
“The reality is this is a huge production requiring a level of skill and competence in the performing arts and creative producing. The South Pacific section was the first of its kind in this Tattoo programme and the Cook Islands was a leading force in bringing it to life.”
Set against an amazing backdrop of a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle, the Australian show brought together more than 1500 military musicians and cultural groups in a thrilling mix of traditional Scottish music – including pipers, fiddlers and highland dancers – while also focusing on the Pacific nations and Australia.
The live audience was estimated to be 180,000 (over four shows). The worldwide television audience is estimated to be 100 million
ABC Australia will broadcast the Tattoo in the Cook Islands in early December.