Klaus Wintersteller is born in Salzburg/Austria and lives near Vienna. He plays the Australian Didgeridoo since 1992, since 2000 as professional musician.
In 2005 he got introduced into the world of New Zealand Maori by Wai Turoa-Morgan and her brother Moetatua Turoa. From him, he learned the Haka, the Maori dance of connecting with the energy of the universe. Haka can be a statement, can tell a story, is training for a fight and is also used as a push before a fight and to scare the opponent.
Haka helps to bring into focus our energy, our strength, our will, our courage and our furiousness. By channelling our full force with the support of our voice and movement we are able to experience our strength creative and not destructive.
Klaus has the allowance to perform and teach the Haka by his teacher and friend the Maori Kaumatua (person of high rank) Moetatua Turoa.
Another speciality of the Maori culture is a “Hangi”, it means to cook food in the ground on hot stones. Klaus had a very good teacher for that too.
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