Ta’aroa: Pacific Ballet of Creation in Four Acts

The University of the South Pacific

Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies

In Collaboration with the French Embassy – Suva, Fiji



Pacific Ballet of Creation in Four Acts

Ta’aroa premiers tonight in Suva. Directed and produced by Allan Alo, the production is based on Tahitian, Samoan and Maori mythologies.

“We incorporate our identities and the ways our Pacific bodies move and tell stories of our people through this newly-created genre ù Pacific Ballet.

“I wanted to create a ballet that shows the way, we as Pacific people react to pressure from outside, showing that no matter what pressure we face, we adapt, emulate and move forward.

“Today I want to show a Pacific way of ballet that accompanies a choir but most importantly highlighting the stories of our people and their identities – their journeys and ancestral linkages.

“Here the mythologies of Polynesia will invoke a sense of beginning, relatedness and continuity for us Pacific islanders to traverse further.”

~ Allan Alo, Fiji Times, 28 March, 2011.

Ta’aroa features the Oceania Dance Theatre, Pasifika Voices and the Davui String Ensemble. Concept and original text by French poet Rodger Lesgards. Music by Calvin Rore. Lead Choreography by Katalina Fotofili.

Click on the links below to read articles from the Fiji Times:

Doing it the ‘Pacific way’ – Fiji Times Online

28 Mar 2011 … April 14 to 16 is your chance to watch Ta’aroa, a Pacifc Ballet of Creation at the Suva Civic Centre. The performance is a collaboration …

•  Tulevu, the dancer – Fiji Times Online

31 March 2011…Next month, he will again re-live these thrilling experiences when he joins the cast of “Ta’aroa Pacific Ballet of Creations in Four Acts – a Pacific Ballet …

Pacific ballet – Fiji Times Online

2 Apr 2011 … Mr Alo said dancers taking part in Ta’aroa, a Pacific Ballet of Creation at the Civic Centre in Suva from April 14 to 16, were challenged …

Dance troupe prepares – Fiji Times Online

6 Apr 2011 … THE theme for the Ta’aroa – Pacific Ballet of Creation is old, traditional and with a blend of contemporary Polynesia including Tahiti, …

Passion for mythology – Fiji Times Online

7 Apr 2011 … The script will be transformed in a week’s time when choir and dancers take the stage to perform Fiji’s first ballet – Ta’aroa – Pacific …

Ateca and Sinu dance of fertility – Fiji Times Online

8 Apr 2011 … They hope to join the cast of Ta’aroa Pacific Ballet of Creations in Four Acts to be held on April 14-16. Ateca and Sinukula have been …

My Pacific Identity – Fiji Times Online

11 Apr 2011 … Music Director Calvin Rore will be directing the ‘Ta’aroa Pacific Ballet of Creation, a production based on Polynesian Mythology by USP’s …

Ballet show a labour of love – Fiji Times Online

11 Apr 2011 … Ta’aroa – Pacific ballet of creation – is the last production for University of the South Pacific dance department choreographer/artistic …

Interview by Fiji One

Check out Ta’aroas Facebook event page.

BRING YOUR GAME Hip Hop Summit / Shigeyuki Kihara

BRING YOUR GAME Hip Hop Summit is curated by Artist and independent curator Shigeyuki Kihara, commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre for Sydney Festival 2011, Australia.

Directed by Shigeyuki Kihara. Camera footage by Paradise Media. Photography by Susannah Wimberly. Edited by Filmmaker Kirsty MacDonald.

BRING YOUR GAME Hip Hop Summit is the second project Shigeyuki Kihara has created for ‘Edge of Elsewhere’ – a major 3 year project commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Campbelltown Arts Centre for Sydney Festival 2010/2011/2012 – where international artists are commissioned to produce art and art projects in partnership with Sydney communities in Australia.

For more information please visit shigeyukikihara.com and see Urban Viti’s earlier post about ‘Edge of Elsewhere” here.

Source: Shigeyuki Kihara

Edited 6 April, 2011.

Two Samoans from L.A.: Dan Taulapapa McMullin and Chuck Feesago

Two Samoans from L.A. opens this Sunday (3 April, 2011) at o’kaioceanikart Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand. The exhibition features Dan Taulapapa McMullin and Chuck Feesago.

Dan’s new works were made in Fiji and L.A. and are in marked contrast to his 2008 solo exhibition at Fresh Gallery where he focused on family and American Samoa. His current direction is bold and sensuous.

Chuck Feesago gorgeous kavajava series is a sophisticated and organic collection of large and small works mixed media on board.  An artist with an MFA from Claremont Graduate University, he is Co-director and curator of Project 210 in Pasadena with management and teaching roles at the University of LaVerne.

Opening night: 3 April, 2011 4pm – 6pm. Exhibition ends 4 September, 2011 8 April, 2011.

okai@Reef Gallery
69-71 Beach Road (opposite the Waldorf Hotel), Auckland New Zealand.

Opening hours 11 am – 3pm Wednesday through Friday. For an appointment outside these hours please contact Marilyn +64 0272 854 350 or Bridget +64 275 743438

Website: www.okaioceanikart.com
Email: people@okaioceanikart.com

Source: Pacific Island Education Image: via Pacific Arts Association

Edited: 3 April, 2011.