Shel We - Review

Review by Kim Buckley for Theatreview 

It occurs to me I am bearing witness to the Pasfika custom of verbal storytelling, a legend passed down through the generations translated through the beautiful physical narrative unfolding before my eyes and recognised by my heart.

Tupua Tigafua choreographs the story of his parents’ life before and after him. I find it humorous, wonderous, playful, polished, sharp, well timed, joyful, thoughtful, simple yet intricately layered.

Tigafua keeps his narrated ideas gently woven piece upon piece. I really enjoy the way his story intelligently unfolds. Contemporary dance with physical theatre and vocalising, and a beautiful singular male voice in song with guitar.

I recognise his dance elders within the choreographic quartets of movement. The dancing itself is precise and fluid, and satisfyingly embraced by dancers Justin Haiu, Chris Ofanoa, Jeremy Beck, Andy Faiaoga and Tigafua himself.

I feel content as the dancers take their bow and yet am left with wanting more dancing. I look forward to the choreographic maturity this artist will achieve that comes with the growth of continued movement research. More of this could only delight further.

Please come back next year, Tupua, and tell us another story. 

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