Taualuga; the last dance
31 May - 24 August, 2008
Live performance and work featured in 'Dateline Returns'
Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
The solo performance entitled Taualuga; the last dance was first performed at the 4th AsiaPacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in 2002 with the Pasifika Divas performance art collective. Since then Shigeyuki Kihara has developed the Taualuga further by exploring indigenous Samoan belief systems while silmutaneously commenting on New Zealand's history and presence in the South Pacific region.
The Taualuga has been performed in number of venues internationally including Musee du Quai Branly in Paris last year, and will be performed again at the Dateline Returns exhibition opening held at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, New Zealand on the 31st of May 2008.
Dateline Returns is the New Zealand response to the exhibition Dateline: Contemporary Art from the Pacific, a Govett-Brewster and NBK exhibition that toured Germany 2007-2008.
Featuring a diverse range of artists and practices that stretch across performance, photography, video, painting and dance, Dateline Return explores issues of knowledge exchange, relationships within communities and connections to land and sea. As it revisits the shifts over the past twenty years in how Maori and Pacific artists have defined and represented themselves, Dateline Return both celebrates and questions the significance of an artist's cultural affiliations.
Curated by Govett-Brewster Director Rhana Devenport and Assistant Curator Melanie Oliver, Dateline Return includes Edith Amituanai, Louise Potiki Bryant, Shane Cotton, Lonnie Hutchinson, Shigeyuki Kihara, Andy Leleisi'uao, Li'l Mama's Art Klub, Janet Lilo, Vea Mafileo, Ani O'Neill, Fiona Pardington, Michael Parekowhai, Reuben Paterson, John Pule, Rachel Rakena, Lisa Reihana, Natalie Robertson, Greg Semu, Filipe Tohi, and Michel Tuffery. Amituanai and Reihana have both been nominated as finalists for the Walters Prize, New Zealand's most prestigious contemporary art award.'
The Taualuga performance DVD is now on sale for NZD$:150.00 (postage and handling not included) from a signed edition of 60.
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