Tiredness and dehydration cause issues

Friday August 03, 2018 Written by Published in Culture
A huge amount of energy goes into Te Maeva Nui performances. Pictured is the Manihiki team during its performance on Wednesday night. 18080221 A huge amount of energy goes into Te Maeva Nui performances. Pictured is the Manihiki team during its performance on Wednesday night. 18080221

Dehydration and tiredness resulted in performers collapsing while either coming off the stage, or on the grounds outside the building during the Te Maeva Nui celebrations at the National Auditorium this week.

 

Chief medical and clinical officer Doctor Yin May confirmed the performers, who were inspected by the medical officers after the shows on Tuesday and Wednesday night, did not show symptoms of any illness

“They were just overtired and dehydrated. They have been performing at high intensity during the shows and they were just too tired,” Dr May said.

“Our nurses attended to two performers on Tuesday night and three on Wednesday. We recommend the performers to have plenty of rest and enough fluid to keep them hydrated.”

Following Tuesday night’s incident, Cultural Development secretary Anthony Turua put all team leaders on notice that any performers looking faint or tired would not be allowed to take the stage.

He said the leaders needed to educate their dancers that they need something to eat and drink to give them stamina during their performance.

“We have a lot of student performers, younger people who are just so excited, so excited that they just can't wait to get on stage and get it over with. They want to feel lighter on the stage and think they will eat once they come off, but they are practising all day, sometimes until late,” Turua said.

“What the audience sees is a few minutes of performing, but they have spent long hours bringing it all together. They are not all professional dancers who do this for a living.

“The young ones at risk need to look after themselves, and their leaders need to look out for them.”

 

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