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Thu 23 Feb 2012, 4:00pm–4:15pm

Where: Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


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Listed by: TePapaMuseum

‘The duty we owe to history is to re-write it’ - Oscar Wilde

Taualuga; the last dance is a solo dance piece choreographed by Shigeyuki Kihara created in response to series of historical photographs taken by New Zealand photographers including John Alfred Tattersall, Thomas Andrew and Burton Brothers during the colonial administration of Samoa by New Zealand between 1914 till 1962. Many of these photographs are held at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.

Taualuga; the last dance performance uses the principles of classical Samoan dance of Taualuga as a form of storytelling to make visible the power struggle between the coloniser and the colonised as the dancer in a restrictive Victorian mourning dress move gracefully in agony and pain to a chant sung by the Samoan village elders, where the dance unleash the Aitu or the Ancestor spirit from the past to come alive briefly as a messenger in re-telling the cultural legacy of colonialism in Samoa from an Indigenous perspective, in the wake of the 50th Anniversary of Independence of Samoa held in June 2012.

Taualuga; the last dance has been presented at, amongst others 4th Asia-Pacific Triennial; In Transit Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Musee du Quai Branly, Paris and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Taualuga; the last dance video work is part of a permanent exhibition at the Jean Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, New Caledonia

Shigeyuki Kihara Bio:
Shigeyuki Kihara is an artist and independent curator who is interested in ways that art, performance and public interact and prompt a civic discourse. A native of Samoa, Kihara’s work has been represented in number of international contemporary art survey exhibitions including 4th Asia- Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art and 4th Auckland Triennial. Kihara’s first solo museum exhibition in North America entitled Shigeyuki Kihara; Living Photographs (2008-09) was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York following the acquisition of her works by the museum for their permanent collection.

Kihara’s solo and group exhibitions has been presented internationally in selected venues including Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand; Museum of Contemporary Art; Gallery of Modern Art; Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art; Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; National Museum of Poznan, Warsaw; Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale, Italy and de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.

In 2009 Kihara was selected as one of five ‘path-breaking artists’ by ArtAsiaPacific Almanac alongside Mike Parr, NS Harsha, Kimsooja and Huang Yong Ping. Kihara’s work is also held in number of private collections internationally, including those of Giorgio Armani.

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