5 Mar 2020

Pacific performing artists mix poetry with theatre

From , 5:00 am on 5 March 2020

Pacific performing artists are showcasing the richness of Maori and Pacific poetry during this year's Auckland Arts Festival.

Curator Grace Taylor is helping bring to light a variety of older works by Pacific poets, and theatre director Fasitua Amosa has formed these into the show Upu, which means 'words' in Samoan.

The poems are from different perspectives and are the work of writers scattered across the Pacific - from the Marshall Islands, Guam, Hawai'i and Tonga.

Sela Jane Hopgood went to a rehearsal.

Grace Taylor, curator of Upu

Grace Taylor, curator of Upu Photo: RNZ Pacific / Sela Jane Hopgood