Dance Fono '09
Dance Fono '09

Pacific Dance Fono/Choreographic Lab 2009

A 2-day fono was held in 2009 in association with a two week choreographic lab. The fono provided a programme of practical workshops, master dance classes in Polynesian and Melanesian dance forms, and panel discussions including a hip hop dance forum.

The Fono participants were drawn from throughout New Zealand.

The inaugural international guest artist artist for 2009 was Julia Mage’au Gray, director of Sunameke Productions, a Papua New Guinean performance group based in Darwin, Australia. She was the primary mentor for the choreographic lab, and facilitator for discussion following the keynote speaker's address to the Fono.

The keynote speaker was Keneti Muaiava on the topic of moving between traditional and contemporary dance worlds.

The choreographic lab participants were present at the Fono. They included four choreographers - Justin Haiu, Siaosi Mulipola, Melissa Leaupepe and Carolanne Makakafauki - and twenty-two dancers (listed below).

Four new Pacific dance works in progress were developed as part of the Choreographic Lab. These were presented as the conluding event of the Fono in a special public performance which was listed as a Manukau Festival of Arts 09 event..

PARTICIPANTS: 

CHOREOGRAPHERS:

Justin Haiu
Siaosi Mulipola
Melissa Leaupepe
Carolannne Makaukaufaki

DANCERS:  

Ben Morrison Ati Idealene Mele Taeiloa Tavai Fa’asavalu Paul Young
Suivai Autagavaia Jaz Newport Sesilia Tatuila Seibah Karati Mele Taeiloa
Litea ‘Aholelei Ali Foa’i Filoi Vaila’au John Puleitu Grace Tinetali
Lasikei Ta’aniela Mario Faumui Otto Mateo Mario Faumui Reid Elisaia
Tracie Fesola’i Seidah Karati      

 

INSTRUCTORS: 

Julia Grey Keneti Muaiava Kirsten Zemke Parris Goebel Charlene Te Drow
Tau Fuata Niue Marjorie Boaza