Talent unearthed at PIPA
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.