Week-Long International Dance Festival Kicks-Off At USP

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Festival honors Oceania Center’s founder Epeli Hau‘ofa

By Aqela Susu

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, March 25, 2014) – The University of the South Pacific’s art and culture centre is hosting its first Epeli Hau’ofa International Dance Festival with dancers from other parts of the globe.

Yesterday’s performance, for an excited audience of students, was at the Japan ICT Theatre at the USP’s Laucala campus.

Hawaiian aerial dancer Andrea Torres was among the overseas dancers to feature in the week-long dance festival.

Ms Torres was the woman behind the introduction of aerial dancing to Oceania Dance Theatre students at USP last year.

She said she was grateful to be part of the festival while she watched some of her students last year perform for her.

Ms Torres, who owns a dancing company in Hawaii, the Samadhi Hawaii, performed an aerial dance based on a Pacific legend.

"The dance was based on the legend about Hina, the moon goddess who strived to make her way up to the moon."

She said her performance was a way to share and transfer the knowledge she had to the children at the festival.

"I like performing for children because their performance is so pure and it also gives me a good feeling because I am able to pass on my knowledge to these students," she said.

Ms Torres said she always liked the audience to be involved in her performance as it would enable her to get them into her world and experience the reality of what her dance portrayed.

Taiwan dancer, Chuo-Tai Sun said he was excited to visit Fiji and perform for students.

The festival will feature guest dancers from Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Hawaii, New Zealand, United States of America and New Caledonia.

It will also have dancers from three USP student cultural groups representing Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

Local dance groups VOU, Rako Pasifika, the Conservatorium of Music, the Shobna Chanel Dance Group and USP’s Oceania Dance Theatre will also feature.

The dance festival is held in honour of the centre’s founder, Epeli Hau’ofa, and will end on March 29.

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