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Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab 2018: Vivian Aue

Introducing Vivian Aue
Introducing Vivian Aue as part of the 2018 Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab

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The Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab is now in its ninth year and this year marks the return to Wellington at the new Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity presented as part of the Measina Festival 2018. Each year three Pacific choreographers are selected to create original danceworks over a six-to-eight-week period where they are matched with a senior dance mentor, are given a stipend and a showing opportunity.

Vivian Aue is one of the selected 2018 participants and has been mentored through the Lab by Cat Ruka. This is a little about Vivian and the work he has created.

Vivian Aue is of Māori (Kuki Airani) ethnicity and holds a postgraduate Diploma of Dance Studies from the University of Auckland following successful completion of a Bachelors of Dance Studies. Vivian is currently a lecturer in the performing arts of dance at the Manukau Institute of Technology and has previously held the positions of performance manager, head choreographer and dance school manager at VOU Dance Fiji

In 2017 Vivian created his own dance company called 'Aue Dance Company and since has taken the Aotearoa dance scene by storm. 

The Choreographic Lab Work:

Title of work:

Melville Place

Duration:

15-30 mins

Description of work:

1991. Gambia
Place. A crowded home.

A splash of Lion
Red hits his face – he is an alien to the taste.

He saw a brown
glass bottle fly and a face of ongoing pain is painted in his memory.

A white outfit
with her boys by her side. A fist has never been thrown.

As the ghost
trails through – the tamariki are laughing at the curse that has
been inserted.

As the gate falls
on his face he does not remember the trauma but he is provided with
salty tears that God has left in his mother’s eyes.

Is he in this
story at present?

Is he living his
ancestors past?

What has God got
installed for his future?

A physical movement and performance art autobiography about family secrets,
myths, legends and events. Is there hope at the end of a dirty road?

Each year three Pacific choreographers are selected to create original danceworks over a six-to-eight-week period where they are matched with a senior dance mentor, are given a stipend and a showing opportunity.

Further information: 

The public is invited to view the final showing of works from this year’s choreographic lab on:

Friday 14 December 2018
2pm – 3pm

Te Auaha Institute of Creativity
65 Dixon St, Wellington

# Seating limited, please email attendance to Cilla Brown at
auckland@pacificdance.co.nz 

Pacific Dance NZ would like to acknowledge:
Te Oro, Auckland Council, Creative NZ, DANZ, PIDF, Le Moana

Written by

Pacific Dance New Zealand

13 Dec 2018

Interests Pacific Dance New Zealand fosters and encourages the development of the Pacific dance sector of New Zealand. We are involved in running dance workshops, conferences, community and professional events promoting Pacific dance in New Zealand.