Poi – Maori Performance Art

September 5, 2009 / Culture / 2 Comments

While doing one of my random YouTube surfing, when I stumbled upon poi, a traditional performance art from the New Zealand’s Maori people.

Traditional poi is made of a string and a ball. But what really intrigues me is modern poi – the one with LED lights and glow sticks. There’s just something very entrancing and surreal about it.

LED Poi

Here’s a Japanese Poi artist, Yuta performing LED poi. The cool bit starts at around 1:20.

Urban Poi

Here’s another video of Yuta practicing urban-styled poi. Doesn’t look nearly as cool as LED poi, but this video really showcases his body movements. His movements are so slick, it’s amazing!

Poi looks like a lot of fun! I would love to be able to try it out one day. Although, I suspect I’m just gonna be tangled by all the ropes. 😛