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‘Them and Us’ (2015) dance piece co-directed by Yuki Kihara & Jochen Roller premiered at the Sophiensaele Theater in Berlin on the 16th September 2015 touring 13 shows across 5 cities in Germany and Switzerland

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3, 2015 by duskygeisha

I recently co-directed a full-length dance piece entitled ‘Them and Us’ (2015) with choreographer Jochen Roller (Berlin) featuring dancers from the Tatau Dance Group (Auckland) which premiered at the Sophiensaele Theater in Berlin on the 16th September 2015 touring 13 shows across 5 cities in Germany and Switzerland. ‘Them and Us’ explored the postcolonial history before, during and after the German colonization of Samoa between 1900 till 1914 and it’s ramifications in contemporary German society; while exploring the choreographic similarities in the slap dances between the Germany schuplattler and the Samoan fa’ataupati.

Artistic Direction: Jochen Roller and Yuki Kithara
Dancers: Lafaele Fagasa, Malili Tautala, Paul Tuisaula (Tatau Dance Group)
Video: Andrea Keiz
Lighting design: Marek Lamprecht
Assistant: Laura Böttinger
Press & Production: björn & björn

Production: Jochen Roller. Coproduction: SOPHIENSAELE Berlin, Theater Roxy Birsfelden, Theater Freiburg and FFT Düsseldorf. Funded by Capital Cultural Fund, Berlin.

With friendly support from the Fachausschuss Theater and Dance Basel City/Basel Region, Creative New Zealand and the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

You can watch the TV coverage (in German) here:

http://tanzforumberlin.de/trailer836.php

https://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/hamburg_journal/Samoanisches-Schuhplattlern-in-Hamburg,hamj43824.html

http://www.sat1regional.de/panorama-video/article/tanzshow-them-and-us-samoanische-schuhplattler-auf-kampnagel-186519.html

https://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/das/Samoa-trifft-Bayern-in-Hamburg,samoaner100.html

Them and Us Kampnagel

‘A Study of a Samoan Savage’ solo exhibition at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland NZ opening Feb 2016

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3, 2015 by duskygeisha

Te Uru Summer ArtNews advert

Culture for Sale 2012

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21, 2012 by secretnaomi

‘Culture for Sale’ is a public performance and video installation devised by Artist Shigeyuki Kihara, commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4a Centre for Contemporary Asian Art for Sydney Festival 2012, Australia. Read more…

Watch the summary of Culture for Sale (2012) here:

BRING YOUR GAME Hip Hop Summit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 26, 2011 by secretnaomi

BRING YOUR GAME Hip Hop Summit / Shigeyuki Kihara from Shigeyuki Kihara on Vimeo.

Photos from Talanoa: Walk the Talk IV

Posted in Uncategorized on July 11, 2010 by secretnaomi

Photos from Talanoa: Walk the Talk IV

Talanoa performance collaboration between Wuriniri Music & Dance, Ingleburn and Campbelltown Highland Pipe & Drums and Shigeyuki Kihara held outside Redfern Community Centre in 2009, commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia.

Photos from Talanoa: Walk the Talk III

Posted in Uncategorized on July 11, 2010 by secretnaomi

Photos from Talanoa: Walk the Talk III

Talanoa performance collaboration between Muktiguteshwar Mandir Society, Samoa Congregational Church Minto and Shigeyuki Kihara held at Minto Mall in 2009, commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia.

Watch Taualuga

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 9, 2010 by secretnaomi

Taualuga: The Last Dance (2006)
Medium: Performance video
Duration: 5 min 50 sec

Taualuga: The Last Dance (2006) by Shigeyuki Kihara

The solo performance entitled Taualuga: The Last Dance (2006) by Samoan-born artist Shigeyuki Kihara is an attempt to communicate wih her ancestors in seeking solutions to today’s global issues that affect the small islands of the South Pacific region.

Within the indigenous cultures of the South Pacific, and specifically in the islands of Samoa, Taualuga is a dance of negotiation and celebration; with an emphasis on dance movements based on a combination of facial expression and elegant hand gestures to convey certain political ideas. Kihara uses the principles of Taualuga as a form of storytelling to reference history and mirror tensions currently taking place globally today.

The artist’s fictitious character, loosely based on Salome, dances in grief wearing a Victorian mourning dress – similar to the dress that was formally introduced to the people of Samoa by the German colonial administration of the early 1900s. The performance combines audio, historical costume and dance forming a tribute to the many leaders and people of Samoa for their resilience in the struggle against modernisation and globalisation.

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