I will taste the bitter separation and oil my skin with it. I will listen for all that is old and with my ear pressed to the dirt, hear those who sing my name on the wind.
Red Leap Associate Artist Katrina George leads a Pasifika ensemble in the creation of this devised work.
Through choreography, indigenous instrumentation, evocative text, and cutting-edge technology, Moe Miti erupts onto the stage. In an ode to the power of storytelling, three generations of Pasifika women attempt to rewrite the future by contending with the past. In the shifting space between waking and sleep, ancient lineages take shape in the darkness.
Pepe, a young woman born in New Zealand, confronts a severance from both her mother Valu and her language and culture. Her land and lineage are on the tip of her tongue, but Valu leaves her mute as she vies for centre stage. When their ancestor Aiga emerges in a dreamscape, and refuses to be ignored, ancient and contemporary identities converge in a collision of intergenerational reconciliation and transformation. Origin stories of cruelty and courage crawl into consciousness.
As plumes of smoke, beams of electric blue light, and spirits appear and recede into the darkness, ancient and contemporary stories collide, pushing theatrical boundaries. Through a uniquely Pasifika lens, this production explores universal themes of family, identity, migration, and the quest for connection. Moe Miti is a means to reclaim identity, honour heritage, and forge a path towards healing.
Adapted from the award winning graphic novel by Shaun Tan, The Arrival is a universal migrant tale set in a fantastical time and place.
A man flees his homeland and journeys across vast seas to arrive in a strange, wondrous new world where giant ships fly through the air and curious creatures abound. There he negotiates dazzling architecture, bizarre foods and foreign tongues to build a new life. On his travels the man meets fellow migrants each with their own tale to tell.
Like Tan’s book this production is a tribute to migrants, refugees and displaced people worldwide. It is ultimately a story of overcoming hardship, of humanity and of hope.
Commissioned by Auckland Arts Festival 2009. Winner of 6 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards including Best Production, Most Original Production, Best Director, Best Set Design, Best Costume Design and Best Newcomer.
In 2018 The Arrival was reworked to perform at Out of the Box Festival for Children in Brisbane.
Henry is a writer and recluse. His heroine, Lumina, fights for her life in a papery world. When a woman moves in next door interrupting Henry’s solitude, his story begins to take on a life of its own. Pages fly, a woman is drowned, memories catch fire, love burns. Discovering Henry’s writings and intrigued by Lumina’s desperate plight the woman next door challenges Henry to face the truth of his stories. Reality blurs with fiction and their lives are changed forever.
A tale of light, love and courage, as two worlds meet in the mind of one man.
Commissioned by Auckland Arts Festival 2011.
Winner of two Chapman Tripp Theatre awards for Most Original Production and Best Design 2012.
Education resource available
- A professionally filmed full recording of the show
- Filmed interviews with the co-directors Kate Parker and Julie Nolan
- Filmed interviews with cast members
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One boy, a drifting island, and a restless sea.
Far from land at the height of a great storm a baby boy is snatched from his mother by the sea. Many years later a young man is washed up on a drifting raft island. To the people he is a welcome fishing omen bringing with him an abundant catch. Waves of fish follow the boy and the raft people stir with a greed that becomes insatiable. The people are not who he thought they were and the boy begins to fear for his life and for the sea.