Award winning choreographer Tupua Tigafua has Shel We? at Wellington's Hannah Playhouse next month.
For the past five years the Kia Mau Festival in Wellington has been encouraging exciting works, engaging with Maori, Pasifika and indigenous companies from across the Pacific. But Standing Room Only's Simon Morris wasn't expecting the upcoming festival (1-15 June) would feature a Samoan contemporary dance theatre inspired by the works of Shel Silverstein.
Award winning choreographer Tupua Tigafua has Shel We? at Wellington's Hannah Playhouse next month. Shel Silverstein meanwhile is famous for many things - stoner hits like Johnny Cash's 'Boy named Sue' and the notorious 'I got stoned and I missed it', award-winning cartoons in Playboy, children's books and popular children's songs like 'The Unicorn'.
Shel We? is billed as "an enchanting, playfully intriguing, and visually stunning dance show" and Tupua has danced and created with everyone from Footnote to the New Zealand Dance Company, and now brings his own company together.