12 Jun 2018

Rotumans perform at Pacific Dance Festival

6:08 pm on 12 June 2018

An international Rotuman dance troupe is preparing to debut in New Zealand with a performance on the reawakening of culture and identity among women.

A member of the Rotuman dance group Rako Pasefika

A member of the Rotuman dance group Rako Pasefika Photo: Rako Pasefika

The troupe, Rako Pasefika, has been working for at least five years on their show, 'Cloaks of Protection'.

Spokesperson Samuela Taukave said the group utilised a contemporary island dance style.

As well as the need to protect such things as the land and oceans, he said it also explored what might happen if cultural elements were not properly cared for.

Rako Pasefika dancers

Rako Pasefika dancers Photo: Rako Pasefika

"It is uniquely Fijian and Rotuman, traditional and contemporary, because Rotuma is under the list of endangered cultures by the United Nations, so it is all the more special to us to be able to bring it over for the festival."

The team is due to arrive in Auckland this weekend for their performance at the Pacific Dance Festival next week .

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