New Zealand premiere "A beautiful memory of life, love, and leaving..." Falemalama (House of Lights) is the fifth play by acclaimed playwright Dianna Fuemana. Drawing on her mother's story, Falemalama is a personal journey to Aotearoa from across the South Pacific Ocean told through music, dance and oral traditions. Falemalama is an exploration of the migrant Samoan woman's journey of spirituality, womanhood and motherhood.
This play premiered in Minneapolis and was presented and televised live at the 10th South Pacific Arts Festival in Pago Pago, American Samoa, July 2008.
Written & directed by Dianna Fuemana
With: Fiona Collins, Ali Foa'i and Reid Elisaia
Original Music by Igelese Ete
MAUForum To Celebrate Arts, Ideas and Activism
The fourth annual MAUForum curated and hosted by Lemi Ponifasio and his MAU Company will take place from February 27 to March 21 at Corbans Estate, Henderson in Waitakere City, Auckland. Produced over 23 days each March, the MAUForum presents inspirational and provocative artists, thinkers, writers, activists, heads of government and communities from around the world and across the Pacific region.
Events include a presentation by the Samoa Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese for the Pacific Thought Symposium, the world-renowned director Peter Sellars' address at The Pig Dinner, as well as the New Zealand premiere of Lemi Ponifasio's Tempest: Without a Body at the ASB Theatre Aotea Centre scheduled for opening night of this year's Auckland Festival.