Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Diving deep of their private tales, Molonai Makalio and Lawrencea Mateariki openheartedly share their Polynesian tradition and the way dance has been a therapeutic drive of their life journey rising up in Western Sydney. Makalio reveals his inspiration behind his new work, STEP, on the intersection of hip hop, rugby and conflict dances. Mateariki explores how performing in ENCOUNTER directed by Emma Saunders led her to combine her Cook dinner Island dance observe with pedestrian dance.

BLKB3RY (Ha’ele Ki Pilitania, courtesy of Molonai Makalio)

Operating Time: 38 minutes

Pola Fanous is a Coptic Orthodox Efficiency Poet, Creator and Educator from Western Sydney. In 2017, Pola carried out on the Parliament Home of Australia and his poem Mr. Warfare (Palestine) was utilized in a undertaking awarded the 2017 Paramor Prize for Artwork and Innovation. In 2018 Pola competed within the Australian Poetry Slam Nationwide Closing on the Sydney Opera Home, the place he was awarded the 2018 NSW Poetry Slam Champion. In 2019, Pola launched STRONGSOFT, his debut assortment of poetry, performing a Nationwide Tour with dates in Brisbane, Launceston, Hobart, and Melbourne. In 2020, Pola was the Narrator in Encounter – Emma Saunders’ cinematic Sydney Pageant dance work. In 2021, Pola printed his second ebook, a devotional on discovering love by religion titled Abba Father. Pola is at the moment finishing his Masters in Secondary Schooling (Main Educating) at ACU while educating English in a highschool in Regional Victoria, as a part of Educate for Australia’s Management Growth Program.

Molonai Makalio is a founding member of Riddim Nation, a collective bringing the social facet of dance tradition to the Sydney dance scene since 2015. They observe all types in road dance tradition (Popping, Locking to Waacking, Breaking to Afro fusion, Hip-hop freestyle & Home/Membership dance), and produce parts of conventional tradition into their dance observe. With Riddim Nation, Nai has taken half in exchanges, battles and cyphers as properly sharing types by golf equipment and events.

Lawrencea Mateariki is skilled in Cook dinner Island cultural dance and up to date dance. Lawrencea is a solid member of ENCOUNTER directed by Emma Saunders, produced and commissioned by FORM Dance Tasks and introduced by Sydney Pageant in 2020. She lately carried out in ENCOUNTER SYDNEY introduced by the Sydney Opera Home on the forecourt of the opera as a part of Unwrapped 2022.

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