Resources — Props

Isn't a Staff just a Stick?

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Isn't a Staff just a Stick?

If you’ve ever watched a martial arts movie, attended Poly Fest or Pasifika Festival, or been to Hawaii or the Pacific Islands then you’ve probably seen a staff in action. The staff, a common prop, is not just restricted to flow arts - it's a well recognised tool in many other art forms and areas of life.
Staff spinning, like many other flow props, has been around in one form or another for thousands of years. The martial arts are one of the most common origins of prop manipulation, and the staff is no different.

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Te Korero mo te Poi (The Story of Poi)

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Te Korero mo te Poi (The Story of Poi)

Chances are you've heard of poi, seen someone spinning poi, or even had a go at spinning poi yourself. Poi are one of the most well known flow props across the globe, and are often the prop that gets people into flow arts. But did you know that poi originated here in Aotearoa and have an extremely fascinating history? Read on to learn more about poi, and the importance of poi in Māoridom and as a tool for holistic wellbeing.

 

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Hypnotic Squiggle Sticks

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Hypnotic Squiggle Sticks

S staff, buugeng, squiggle sticks, spiral staff; regardless of what they’re known as, they all share that same S shape that makes them look like an ancient samurai weapon, or a boomerang.

Typically, 2 or more S staffs are spun, juggled, and manipulated together to create mesmerising optical illusions, borrowing techniques from other props, such as double staff, hoop, fans, and even poi.

S staff are very young compared to many other props, with their story only beginning in 1991, with the video ‘In motion with Michael Moschen’.

There has been some controversy about the origins of S staff/buugeng over the years so it’s important to acknowledge the history of this prop and the significant contributions from artists across the globe that have played a part in the growth of this incredible art form.

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The Low Down on Dart

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The Low Down on Dart
Like many flow props, the rope dart we see today evolved from an ancient weapon and has now become an extremely popular fire and flow toy. In this piece, we delve into what a rope dart is, it's history and origins, and the varying styles and terminology of dart.

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Age of the Dragons

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Age of the Dragons
The dragon staff is an evenly weighted staff, with spokes on each end. The key focus of movement with a dragon staff is maintaining a continuous rolling flow along the arms and body. In order to assist with these rolling contact movements, the length of a dragon staff will be covered in grip.

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