Presented by Pacific Dance Festival
DUE TO THE IMPACT OF COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Pacific Dance Festival presents Double Bill, Atali’i O Le Crezent by Villa Jr Lemanu and ‘XY’ Only by Raisedinland Iose.
Atali’i O Le Crezent (Sons of the CREZENT) is a dance work that invokes that audience to reminisce on their childhood and their community and that social mesh that created those memories. Growing up in a low socio-economic, Pasifika community is a blessing. The hyena laughs and loud mouths. The steak and cheese pies and Starz drinks. The touch-rugby on the street and streetlight curfew. The hidings followed by KFC. The hearty pese loku’s and awkward ways we say ‘I love you’ to family. This is a memoir to good times and lessons, as well as a post-it note on the importance of our community. And the fear of losing all of it.
‘XY’ Only is a work that Iose has developed with a chorus from his congregation and continues to push the boundaries and rules with non-Pacific female dancers performing a traditional faataupati, which is usually reserved and performed by Samoan males. XY Only challenges a chorus to respond to the tradition where in formal settings, men (XY) are only permitted to speak. A confrontation that examines the strength of a woman and what they can and cannot do within the Samoan community.
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