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Pac Dance Fest 2016 Profile: Burnt Skin

Katerina Fatupaito
Burnt Skin
Pac Dance Fest 2016 Profile: Burnt Skin by Katerina Fatupaito


Katerina Fatupaito is a performing artist with a strong Pacific, German and Asian ancestry. She has an established career in costuming in the film and television industry and after completing a performing arts qualification from the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts, she has gone on to feature in lead and supporting roles in a variety of well received plays.  Katerina developed the work 'Burnt Skin' at the 2014 Pacific Dance Choreographic lab and will be presenting this work at the Pacific Dance Festival 2016 at Mangere Arts Centre (Wednesday & Thursday 8pm). 

Burnt Skins is inspired by a   family story about an Ai Tagata (Cannibal) Leaitutuliafili; he is never spoken of and his story has diminished to a mere legend . This story was told to me by my mother whom throughout her youth heard of this story. There are no songs and no chants other than the conversation with my mother-no story to help ‘uncover’ and re-tell the ‘Legend of Leaitutuliafili’ in it’s fullness. By focusing on what captivated me the most the dance is told through eyes of an Ai Tagata and in doing so, it takes us into an unknown territory of a family story...

Choreographer : Katerina Fatupaito
Performers: Antonio Malachi, Riki Nofo’akifolau, Metusela Toso

Make sure you catch Burnt Skin at the Pacific Dance Festival 2016!

Written by

Pacific Dance New Zealand

8 Jun 2016

Interests Pacific Dance New Zealand fosters and encourages the development of the Pacific dance sector of New Zealand. We are involved in running dance workshops, conferences, community and professional events promoting Pacific dance in New Zealand.