Wed 24 Oct 2018, 07:00 pm
Wed 24 Oct 2018, 07:50 pm
The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)
42 Lucknow Rd Havelock North
Dance, Cultural Ethnic, Pasifika, Festivals Arts
$20 - $40
Hawkes Bay Arts Festival
A beautifully crafted, rich interweaving of siva Samoa and contemporary dance, combining song, live drumming, archival footage and dramatic installation, 1918 is that rare gift: an opportunity for genuine, cross-cultural education.
The devastating impact of the global Spanish influenza pandemic in Samoa in 1918, in which a quarter of the population died, is the focus of this profound, internationally lauded dance-theatre work by Le Moana – written by Tupe Lualua; choreographed by Andy Faiaoga.
For the centennial anniversary of this tragic, pivotal event, which became a catalyst for resistance against the NZ colonial government and ultimately led to Samoa’s independence, world-renowned theatre maker, Nina Nawalowalo (The White Guitar), has also come on board.
It’s a luminous, deeply moving performance that’s been met from Wellington to San Diego, from Savai’i to Upolu, with rapturous applause.