Pacific Dance Festival 2021 presents
by Tupua Tigafua
1 JUN 2021 — Dance
Pacific Dance Festival
“GRAVITY IS DEFIED, LITERALLY, EMOTIONALLY AND METAPHORICALLY’ -Theatreview
Inspired by the works of renowned American writer Shel Silverstein, Shel We is an enchanting, playfully intriguing and visually stunning dance show created by Tupua Tigafua. A highly accomplished dancer and choreographer who has had an illustrious career dancing for some of Aotearoa’s creative elite and one of the most ingenious storytellers of this generation.
Shel Silverstein was a critically acclaimed writer who wrote books such as Where the sidewalk ends and The Giving Tree. As well as iconic ballads Sylvia’s Mother for Doctor Hook and A boy named Sue for Johnny Cash. Shel’s off beat style and brilliant use of metaphorical imagery in his poetry and illustrations are what inspires Tupua’s choreography - ultimately delivering a tribute to his parents, his family and the environment that has inspired him over the years.
Created by Tupua Tigafua
Designed by Lisa Maule and Spencer Earwaker
Featuring Sean Macdonald, Tupua Tigafua, Chris Ofanoa, Kosta Bogoievski, Andy Faiaogo, Carl Tolentino
Produced by Le Moana
If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
- Shel Silverstein
Senior Citizen (65+) 25
ASB Staff 25
A Captivating Balance of Sombre and Smiles