Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio marks his UK debut

Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio marks his UK debut

Visionary Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio marks his UK debut this September, with his mesmerising and moving ceremonial work Requiem performed with his company MAU.

Saturday 29 at 7.45pm and Sunday 30 September at 2.00pm & 7pm – Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.

Visionary Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio marks his UK debut this September, with his mesmerising and moving ceremonial work Requiem performed with his company MAU.

The choreography invokes, in a captivating and boldly unconventional style, rituals of remembrance and the commemoration of the dead, through the ethereal nature of South Pacific ceremonies.

Atmospheric light shapes a monumental space where dancers move in and out of shifting darkness and a continuously changing range of moods. The spiritual nature of the work is captured within a sound score of Pacific songs, chants, stones, insects and the haunting melodies of bone flutes.

Lemi Ponifasio is based in New Zealand and his work is presented throughout the Pacific region and at major international festivals including the Adelaide Festival, Venice Biennale, Holland Festival, Vienna Festival and Theater der Welt in Germany.

Lemi Ponifasio, a provocative leader of the Pacific avant-garde, founded MAU in 1995, naming his company after the Samoan independence movement Mau, meaning revolution. Requiem brings together 20 performers of MAU from across the Pacific region and New Zealand.

Requiem was first commissioned by Peter Sellars as part of the New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna 2006, celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Mozart.

Requiem is co-presented with Lift, the London International Festival of Theatre, as a trailblazing event for the launch of The Lift in 2008 in East London and at Southbank Centre. The Lift is a mobile meeting place where issues and new ideas can be explored through art and Lemi Ponifasio is one of eight international artists curating a season of work for its launch.

Tickets: £25 £20 £15, Box Office: 0871 663 2500

Sunday 30 September: After-Show Talk with Lift director Angharad Wynne-Jones, free to ticket holders.

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