Pacific Dance NZ is calling for participants to be involved in this year’s Pacific Dance Artist in Residence programme held in Porirua between the 20th July and the 5th September.
The Pacific Dance Artist in Residence programme is one of only two national arts residencies specifically for artists of Pacific Island descent. 2013 marks the fourth year of the residency and this year’s artist in residence is Porirua local Tupe Lualua.
Tupe’s project for development during her residency is based on Samoan dance in the format of fa’afiafiaga fa’aSamoa (a Samoan dance repertoire).
Participants in the residency do not need to have experience in Samoan dance but should have a general interest in learning a Pacific dance style, specifically Samoan dance.
This is a great opportunity to learn, engage and up-skill in the area of Samoan dance and also to be involved in a community based project.
The residency workshops will be run after-hours and on Saturdays in 2 hour blocks.
Tupe’s dance work will be an exploration of several components making up a fa’afiafiaga. These include an Ulufale (entrance), Laulausiva (opening song and dance), Ma'ulu'ulu (action dance), Sasa (seated dance), Fa'ataupati (slap dance) and a Taualuga (ending dance); all combining to give one entire dance experience.
Although Tupe will be using a Samoan structure to wrap her pieces, she will use a variety of dance elements within the actual choreography. In her words,
“The structure of the repertoire mirrors a fa’afiafiaga fa'asamoa (in the way of Samoan dance repertoire) but the actual choreography will be influenced by the diverse influences practised or expressed during the workshops and not necessarily Siva Samoa e.g, haka, ura, break dancing, contemporary, jazz and of course Samoan and other Pacific dance styles.”
If you are interested in taking part in this residency as a participant please contact:
Pacific Dance NZ on firstname.lastname@example.org subject line “Residency Participant” with your name and contact details, age, ethnicity and a short paragraph about yourself.
Phone Filoi Vaila’au on 09 376 00 60 for more details.
Check our website at www.pacificdance.co.nz