LE MOANA (Wellington, NZ) and PICAA INC. (Melbourne, Australia) proudly present the Australian premiere of Fatu Na Totō and 1918.
Fatu Na Totō
Written by TUPE LUALUA, Choreographed by ANDY FAIAOGA, Directed by ASALEMO TOFETE. Featuring THE MELBOURNE SAMOAN CHOIR, music directed by RITA SEUMANUTAFA.
“I was still smiling hours later and feel privileged to have shared this story” - Capital Times
“...this work sails in a new direction, and enlarges the world” - Theatreview Auckland
“Such power and such grace” - Theatreview Wellington
Fatu Na Totō addresses the issues of culture, displacement, identity, love and loyalty. What is created when a family is precarious in conflicting cultural societies? This is the migrant story that resonates so closely with all facets of society, creatively woven together and expressed through live music and dance.
Fatu Na Totō was a sell out success in its premiere season in the Wellington Fringe Festival 2013, remounted for another sold out performance at the Tempo New Zealand Dance Festival in Auckland and most recently headlining the Pacific Dance Festival 2016. The Australian premiere of Fatu Na Totō is an exciting collaboration with PICAA INC. (Pacific Island Creative Arts Australia Inc.) which also features the The Melbourne Samoan Choir.
Written and Directed by TUPE LUALUA, Choreographed by ANDY FAIAOGA.
"...I found myself experiencing the emotional and cultural aspects of the pandemic in a way that my years of research never allowed. This piece allows for a glimpse into the cultural underpinnings of a significant population in New Zealand, an unusual event in our increasingly splintered world. It offers a chance for the Samoan population to learn of their history and for non-Samoan audiences to build true empathy, a rare gift is an opportunity for genuine, cross-cultural education" - Dr John Ryan Mclane
1918 premiered to sell out audiences in Wellington during the MEASINA festival 2015, remounted for a performance season at the Mangere Arts Centre in Auckland and was recently presented at the National University of Samoa during February 2016. 1918 was also presented at the San Diego International Fringe Festival in June 2016 receiving the critics choice and box office awards.
1918 is unique because it weaves heritage siva Sāmoa, text and contemporary dance as the medium for expressing this pivotal moment in history and acknowledging the complex relationship between Sāmoa and New Zealand.