Thursday, June 2, 2011

[pima.nius] PR: Pacific Dance Artist in Residence

7:25 PM |

Press Release: 3rd June

Pacific Dance Artist in Residence Launch


The Pacific Dance Artist in Residence presented by Pacific Dance New Zealand, DANZ, Creative New Zealand and the Auckland Council, launches in the historic Mangere East Metro Theatre on Saturday 4th June at 1:00pm.


This residency was listed as a New Zealand significant dance event for 2010 in the DANZ annual review. Now, in its second year the Pacific Dance Artist in Residence programme is once again taking Pacific dance in the city to another level.


This year's recipient is Keneti Muaiava..


Keneti is a Samoan heritage dance tufuga (master) with a lifetime of experience in the artform. Samoan born and grown in New Zealand, Keneti offers this residency 15 years experience as a tutor of Pacific dance in education programmes and services into schools. He has taught at various tertiary institutions and has also taught and choreographed winning performances in the ASBPolyfest. 


Keneti is currently the resident expert in Samoan dance at Auckland University's Centre for Pacific Studies.


Keneti's residency project is entitled "Past, Present and Future," setting out to explore the Samoan dance art form, respecting the past but also looking into now and futures. In the residency Keneti will teach three traditional Samoan dances – the Sasa, the Fa'ataupati (slap dance) and the Maulu'ulu (action dance). These dances will be grounded in tradition and will build upon developments in the artform from the previous half-century.


In the eight-week residency Keneti will be mentored by Richard Moyle, previously the director of Pacific Studies at Auckland University and the Director of the Archive of Māori and Pacific Music.


Pacific Dance New Zealand is very excited by the involvement of Professor Moyle and the possibilities Keneti presents to this residency.


Dancers from the community are invited to join Keneti in this exploration.


Residency dance times are Tuesdays and Thursdays 5pm – 9pm and Saturdays 12pm – 5pm.


This will end with a culminating showing at the Metro Theatre on Saturday the 30th July from 6pm – 7pm.


For more information, please contact: Filoi Vaila'au at 09 3700487, email at, or for media enquiries contact:

Visit the following sites for more info: ,,

Aaron Taouma
Pacific Dance New Zealand
P.O Box 5072,
Wellesley Street, Auckland NZ
147 Great North Road, Top Floor, Rm 25
ph +6493700487

2011 Partners: Dance Aotearoa NZ (DANZ) and Auckland Council.
2011 Sponsors: ASB Community Trust, Lion Foundation and Creative NZ.
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