Lemi Ponifasio / MAU

Birds with Skymirrors

7 - 11 November 2012
Main Stage
A choreographer “as important as Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham”.
15 - 18 - 28 €
Concs 10 - 12 - 15 €
In Samoa, where Lemi Ponifasio comes from, respecting and taking care of Nature is a Polynesian tradition, and it is the questions posed by Man’s relationship with his natural environment that the distinguished choreographer who is now based in Auckland, New Zealand, seeks to convey. Birds with Skymirrors is an agonized scream, a call to arms, a ritual.

Ponifasio uses evocative lighting and video projections to create a symbolic, strangely alluring and mystical world; a space in which we can meditate on our relationship with the universe that surrounds us. A work of minimalist action and hypnotic beauty, Birds with Skymirrors’ fundamental dialectic balances the primeval and the contemporary, Man and Nature, the earthy and the metaphysical. “What would the last dance on Earth be like?”, ponders the activist choreographer who considers art a “non-violent challenge” but above all “a second chance”. Will we seize it, I wonder?


Concept/ Design/ Choreography/ Direction: Lemi Ponifasio
Light: Helen Todd
With: Ioane Papalii, Teataki Tamango, Kelemete Fu’a, Arikitau Tentau, Tebau Utiata, Maereke Teteka, Kasina Campbell, Rosie TeRauawhea Belvie, Tuirina Wehi, Ofati Tangaroa, Tangaroa Taara, Tiui Elisara

Production: MAU
Co-production: Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Theater der Welt 2010 RUHR (Germany), spielzeit’europa Berliner Festspiele (Berlin), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), KVS (Brussels), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona), De Singel (Antwerp), New Zealand International Arts Festival (Wellington)

9 Nov 2012

22:30 Main Stage


After-performance talk with Lemi Ponifasio