In Conversation With Lemi Ponifasio
Interviewed by Anton Carter, DANZ Chief Executive
With his company MAU, Lemi’s work has been presented in over 30 countries including at the prestigious Avignon Festival, BAM and the Lincoln Center in New York, Theatre de la Ville Paris, Theatre of Nations Moscow, Berlin Festival, Vienna Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and the Venice Biennale.
This past year Lemi has toured the monumental work I AM, staged 1000 people in Toronto for the opera Apocalypsis, and toured Stones In Her Mouth, and was nominated for two Bessie awards in New York for Birds With Skymirror. He created a new company MAU Mapuche with the indigenous people of Chile and won international production of the year for 2015, was invited by Director Okwui Enwezor as a visual artist to the 56th Venice Biennale, and made time to give lectures and work with communities. Critics compare him to visionaries Pina Bausch, Merce Cunningham and Robert Wilson. Like those luminaries, UNESCO celebrated Lemi and his work with a special ceremony in Paris where gave the message for International Dance Day on 29 April 2016. You can read the message here...
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