Tal­ent un­earthed at PIPA

Central Leader - - News -

Cer­tifi­cate and Diploma stu­dents from the Pa­cific Per­form­ing Arts pro­gramme have been busy pre­par­ing for their last pro­duc­tion of the year.

PUA’A is a con­tem­po­rary dance adap­ta­tion of a sin­cere ra­dio play by Tasi Ta­masese - based on the con­tro­ver­sial colo­nial era when Samoans were gripped with fear and mis­con­cep­tions over an out­break of le­prosy in the is­lands.

The pro­duc­tion com­bines a mix­ture of tra­di­tional and con­tempo- rary pa­cific and world mu­sic, dance moves and clas­sic cos­tumes to cre­ate a well-bal­anced and artis­tic por­trayal of this grip­ping piece of Pa­cific his­tory.

Tra­di­tional Samoan dances like the ‘sasa’, ‘maulu­ulu’ and ‘fa’akau­paki’, or slap dance, are also adopted to add au­then­tic­ity. The amaz­ing cos­tumes pay homage to pre-mis­sion­ary style of dress for women, known as ‘kipuka’; and the use of the u’a fab­ric, siapo and leaves also echo the crit­i­cal era be­ing por­trayed.

The pro­duc­tion opens for two nights only at the Pump­house The­atre in Taka­puna on Novem­ber 26 and 27.

Book­ings are pre­ferred but tick­ets will be sold at the door as well.

Af­ter this ma­jor pro­duc­tion, PIPA will hold sum­mer work­shops from De­cem­ber till March at the Unitec cam­pus.

For more in­for­ma­tion about PIPA pro­grammes, call free 0800 46 74 72.

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