Lemi Ponifasio / MAU

The Crimson House

7 - 9 November 2014
Main Stage
90' (without intermission)
Lemi Ponifasio confronts us with the illusion of freedom in a constantly-controlled reality. He brings the primeval Crimson House to the OCC, from which the gods of Samoa watched over the earth…
15 – 18 – 28 €
Concs 10 – 12 – 15 €
Unemployed 5 €
Following on from his impressive Birds with Skymirrors, the Polynesian Lemi Ponifasio returns to the OCC to lift us out of our reality once more... A choreographic activist, Ponifasio enlists the power of his production’s wonderful, hypnotic images to raise the audience’s awareness of the problems facing humanity.

In the Crimson House, he poses questions about lives which omnipresent surveillance has transformed into a prison akin to Foucault’s Panopticon, and a society which, though shorn of every last vestige of privacy, since everything is observed and monitored, nonetheless neglects to turn its gaze on itself and its conscience.

Ponifasio links this phenomenon to the omnipresence of the divine in religious traditions and suggests that those who consider observation a route to absolute knowledge are guilty of hubris. Slow ritualistic movements, a minimalist aesthetic, song, distant music and echoes of the rites of a distant civilization create a poetic environment of rare beauty which entrances the viewer but also gives them space to think. A masterpiece from one of the planet’s most important artists.


Concept, Design, Choreography, Direction: Lemi Ponifasio
Light: Helen Todd
MAU Company: Arikitau Tentau, Bainrebu Tonganibeia, Charles Koroneho, Ioane Papalii, Kelemete Fu’a, Maereke Teteka, Nina Arsenault, Teataki Tamango
Sound: Lemi Ponifasio
Video: MAU
Costumes: Kasia Pol
Assistant to the Director: Rosie TeRauawhea Belvie
Light Operator: Mike Skinner
Head of Stage: Danny Hones
Video Technician: Quentin Descourtis
Sound Director: Sebastian Schottke
Technical Director: Helen Todd
Executive Director: Susana Lei'ataua
Production: MAU

Co-production: New Zealand Festival; Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; Festspielhaus St Pölten; Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Holland Festival; Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens; Melbourne Arts Festival

8 Nov 2014

Main Stage


After performance talk with Lemi Ponifasio

9 Nov 2014

15 €


Masterclass with Lemi Ponifasio

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