FACES OF NATURE
Aloalii Tapu was born in Otara and the 2016 winner of the prestigious German Der Faust Award in dance returns to Te Ata with Ta'alili, the arts company he co-founded with Tori Manley-Tapu in 2020. They bring with them their extraordinary team of collaborators and artists in this new work Faces of Nature, adapted to a bare warehouse setting.
Directed by Aloalii Tapu
Choreographed and Performed by Ooshcon Masseurs, Jahra Wasasala, Tavai Fa'asavalu, Joshua Faleatua, Faith Schuster and Aloalii Tapu
Set and Costume by Tori Manley-Tapu
Music by Eden Mulholland
Made with the support of Creative New Zealand
We co-exist. We search for what binds us together; for what gives us the delight in being with others. And the offerings of insight we give those who walk alongside us. The young are attached to the faces of the growing technological presence while the world ages and dissolves. We search for the moments of Being a member of Aotearoa before we are the other things. We share our experiences of living the modern Kiwi image; the turmoils and triumphs of living in a Euro-centric country. The dancers are highlighted as heroes and anti-heroes in society, thus the ideas of duality were relevant to the research and development of Faces of Nature.
"Return to an origin that is undefined
A paradise of old in chaos
A desire for intimacy within a world that is shifting while it is forming
They scythed the worlds for a restart where time grows within language and face.
A tempest of worlds envisioned by the people.
The lamp to the body becomes the eyes only.
The group of individuals choose and form the present --
configure community and nature to not repeat its dying self.
The group removes origin
to be alone together within the frailty and instability of that beneath us,
an aftermath settles
The joys of youth and elation of building worlds to stand on —
to lay beneath.
Worlds shift again while forming
removing the home where they are no longer villains nor heroes.
They are the faces of what is natural
they strip the caregiver role
the desires for independence within village and city
And burn the disassembled constructs of supreme governance
They drown its hold
Where it can no longer define them."
Photography : Jinki Cambronero