On the Couch with Tama Jarman

Tama Jarman AAR On the CouchWho is Tama Jarman?
A 31 year old man who grew up breakdancing on the field at Whangarei Boys High School (Northland, New Zealand.)

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I heard this simple system once: Do you have a problem in life? No. Then why worry? Do you have a problem in life? Yes. Can you do something about it? Yes. Then why worry? Do you have a problem in life? Yes. Can you do something about it? No. Then why worry?

Who inspires you and why?
Jarod Rawiri & Dolina Wehipeihana (Director & Producer of the White Face Crew) – Love their mahi (work) right now.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Try and create a fun-as show that makes people more aware of the saying ‘things are not always as they seem.’

Favourite holiday destination and why?
The Mackenzie Country. Because it feels good. It’s a mountainous region in the central South Island. Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook National Park – The whole area is great. I was born there.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Just anywhere out of the city. Because it feels better.

What are you currently reading?
The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder’s Journey through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows by Kent Nerburn.

What are you currently listening to?
Navajo by Masego.

Happiness is?
Where the heart is.

What does the future hold for you?
I dunno but I’m gonna put on my shades just in case!

Tama Jarman is co-creator and performer in La Vie Dans Une Marionette by Auckland based physical theatre company White Face Crew at the Fairfax Studio – Arts Centre Melbourne from 16 – 20 January 2018. Back in New Zealand in March, he’ll be performing with the Crew in street theatre POP Riders at Auckland Arts Festival.

Image: Tama Jarman (supplied)