15/05/2012 - 19/05/2012
Part of the Pacific Arts Summit, and supported by Auckland Council, Creative Communities NZ, and Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku.
Starring: Aleni Tufuga, Stacey Leilua and Leilani Clarke.
Plantation is the sequel to Iaheto Ah Hi’s first play Tautai, which was staged at Mangere Arts Centre – Nga Tohu o Uenuku in 2010.
Plantation is a Polynesian love story that explores the ancient knowledge of growing taro and the trials of growing families. A Samoan story celebrating family, growth and redemption, the play is set in two timeframes: present day urban South Auckland, and Samoa’s rainforest in the 1950s.
In both Samoan and English, Plantation celebrates language, song, chants, dance and rainforest lore.
Connecting the past and the present, Samoa and South Auckland, Plantation is a unique celebration and acknowledgement of the 50th Anniversary of Samoa’s independence.
From cultural advice to set design, graphics and choreography, Plantation is a truly Polynesian creative collaboration.
Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku,
Auckland, 15 May – 19 May
7:30pm (1hr 30 mins)
General Admission: $20.00
Groups 10+: $18.00
An entertaining and engaging slice of Pacific flavoured life
Review by Paul Simei-Barton 16th May 2012
Plantation, which is showcased as part of the Pacific Arts Summit, offers a lively example of the exuberant South Auckland arts culture that is flourishing in the hot-house environment of the Mangere Arts Centre.
The play presents a fresh take on some of the well-established themes of contemporary Pacific art as it alternates between nostalgic memories of nurturing life in a Samoan taro plantation and the more difficult task of sustaining families in a harsh urban environment. [More]
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