30 May 2021

South Auckland choreographer Villa Junior Lemanu

From Standing Room Only, 12:48 pm on 30 May 2021
Villa Junior Lemanu

Villa Junior Lemanu Photo: supplied

Choreographer Villa Junior Lemanu's family has lived in the same house in South Auckland for some 25 years.

His fears that his family will be forced to leave their home and their community are what drives his first professional dance-theatre work Atali'i O Le CREZENT  (Sons of the CREZENT) 

It's part of a double bill of new work by the 2019 Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab artists that's in turn part of the Pacific Dance Festival in Auckland.

A proud South Aucklander, Villa explains to Lynn Freeman what life was like growing up in his neighbourhood.

Atali'i O Le CREZENT by Villa Junior Lemanu will premiere at the Pacific Dance Festival in Auckland on the 18th of June as part of Double Bill at the Mangere Arts Centre in Auckland.

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Photo: supplied