The Pacific Muse

This exhibition displays the artistic journey of The Pacific Muse, a dance piece created and choreographed by Tepaeru-Ariki French. The dance was originally developed for Pacific Dance NZ in 2011, and most recently selected and performed as part of Fresh Cuts 2013 for Tempo Dance Festival.

The performance incorporates different modes of Cook Islands ura (dance) to re-examine the stereotypes which exoticize the romanticize Pacific bodies portrayed in images like the ‘Dusky Maiden’ and ‘Noble Savage’. The overall intention of the work is to reveal the power play in active/passive and subject/object, relationships and importantly ‘re-present’ and therefore reclaim and reimage a Pacific identity which has long been eroticized by a frontier view of history. The Pacific Muse: The Art, The Dance is a culmination of these ideas in both performance and visual forms.

Exhibition dates: Now – 26 February 2014

Public programme:
Artist floor talk: Iosefa Enari (Director, PDNZ) in conversation with Tepaeru-Ariki Lulu French
When: 12 – 1pm, Saturday 8 February
Where: Fresh Gallery Otara

Cook Island Dance Classes – learn the basic movements (Woman only)
When: 10.30 – 11.30am, Saturday 15 February
Where: Otara Music Arts Centre, Cnr Newbury Street and Bairds Road, Otara Town Centre

Cook Island Dance – Masters Class
When: 10.30am – 12pm, Saturday 22 February
Where: Otara Music Arts Centre, Cnr Newbury Street and Bairds Road, Otara Town Centre

*All public programs at Fresh Gallery Otara are FREE of charge