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Digital Festival 22

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'Shifting Centre' is an exploration of what Aotearoa would look like if Pacific Peoples were at the centre of the narrative in all facets of society. First developed in Le Moana's Measina Makers LAB 2021, the dance film merges street and contemporary dance to highlight the intrinsic excellence imbued within our Pasifika communities.  A collaboration between Sefa Tunupopo & Oto Lupo, Shifting Centre highlights the intrinsic excellence imbued within our Polynesian people. Moulding street and contemporary dance, this piece presents an insight into a world of possibilities and what Aotearoa may look like if our Polynesian People were shifted from the margins to the centre. In

CHOREOGRAPHED & PERFORMED BY:  DESIREE SOO-CHOON  SPECIAL THANKS:  JADYN SOO-CHOON MUSIC: RUNNING ON E BY BRENT FAIYAZ FILMED & EDITED BY:  TRISTAN PETUELI  WATCH HERE Wounds of the Womb is a story of exploring the inter-generational trauma passed through the womb. As a mother, I acknowledge the hurt the mothers before me have had to encounter and how this has influenced my style of parenting. Sometimes the hurt we harbour is not of our own but of our ancestors that were not given the chance to heal from them properly. And thus forms another cycle through the next wom(b)an. The importance of this message is to generate talanoa between the

Radio New Zealand Interview with Daniel Mateo Recording courtesy of Radio New Zealand. Daniel Mateo is a 20 year old Gamilaraay descendant from Northern NSW, Australia as well as a descendant from Ma’ufanga, Tonga. Daniel studied at NAISDA Dance College and is now a contemporary dancer, performing with Bangarra Dance Theatre. Daniel dances in Sisi'uno Helu's 'A New Dawn' a dance depiction of the story of 'Aho'eitu, the son of Tangaloa. The work explores the preparation of a journey into the unknown of a young Tongan prince named 'Aho'eitu to meet his Father - the ancient God Tangaloa who lived in