SHORT + SWEET DANCE
Tū I Luma (Forward)
Forward or Tū I Luma (Step Forward) in Samoan is a word to describe the journey and lives of predominantly Pacific Island and Maori dancers into studying and learning contemporary dance. Through this process they find themselves and learn to celebrate their individuality, ethnic roots and uniqueness through contemporary infused movement.
This piece surrounds concepts of ethnic roots, knowledge, genealogy, Turangawaewae and community and through a unique energy do these dancers take the audience on a journey through movement, spoken word and imagery.Forward is a visual representation of the stories of the different dancers in the piece in relation to their own journeys into their dance degrees and dance training at the present.
I’m a third year student studying for a Bachelor of Dance Studies at the University of Auckland. I had the pleasure of being involved in Short + Sweet in 2014 where I performed the piece ‘OPAQUE’ choreographed by Vivian Hosking-Aue. It is a great feeling to return to Short+Sweet in 2016, now as a choreographer with the aspiration of portraying my ideas and emotions through the bodies of others on stage. It’s great to be back and I’m excited to be showing my work: Forward or Tū I Luma (Step Forward) for the first time. Thank you to the dancers who have collaborated with me in this process; for their stories, their time and energy and to my support team such as my parents, friends and tuakana: Sophie Williams, Carol Brown, Teuila Rankin – it means the world to me!!
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AO (Main Mix) – MJ Cole ft. Serocee