Fatu na Toto is presented by Pacific Dance NZ & Tempo Fest in association with Le Moana Productions
Fatu Na Toto (planted seeds) is an original work devised by Tupe Lualua and co-presented by Tempo and Pacific Dance NZ. This work explores the effects of migration expressed through the language of Siva Samoa and Samoan song.
Fatu na Toto (Planted Seeds) is a lyrical tale, a Samoan musical that lays out an immigrant story of a young couple moving to Niu Sila (New Zealand) with dreams of finding a “land of milk and honey.”
But life in a new land and working the factory floor offers up new challenges and the dream soon falls into the reality of facing these challenges as this young couple try to sew the seeds of a New Zealand born generation.
Fatu na Toto is devised and directed by Tupe Lualua, who brings together contemporised Samoan heritage dance and song in an uplifting emotional story that reflects her own experience growing up in Porirua, Wellington.
The show being dedicated to her late mother and having her father fill the role as the orator brings it home that this story is close to the bone and reflects much of Tupe’s real experiences,and what they discovered during their journey in search of a ‘better’ life.
This work premiered in Wellington during the Fringe Festival earlier in the year and this will be its Auckland launch.
Renowned dance writer and lecturer Jennifer Shennan in her review of the premiere show says that it is “heartfelt” and that Tupe Lualua “has triumphed by finding a way to harness the old dances of her heritage with the forces operating in the new land.”
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Saturday 12 October 2013
Q Theatre Auckland,
305 Queen Street,
Contact: 309 -9771