Talanoa: Walk the Talk IV

Campbelltown Arts Centre
Media Release
10 August 2009

Talanoa: Walk the Talk IV

Shigeyuki Kihara has collaborated with the Ingleburn RSL Club, Campbelltown Community Pipes and Drums and Wuruniri Music and Dance to present Talanoa: Walk the Talk IV, a free performance at Redfern Community Centre on Saturday 15 August at 12pm.

In Samoa the concept of talanoa is a process of discussion between two parties to find a mutual ground through the exchange of ideas. Talanoa: Walk the Talk IV is a work that explores cross-cultural relationships within communities.

Campbelltown Arts Centre commissioned Shigeyuki Kihara to develop Talanoa: Walk the Talk IV and Talanoa: Walk the Talk III, as the latest instalments of her Talanoa: Walk the Talk series. Talanoa: Walk the Talk III was held at Minto Mall on 8 August and featured a collaboration between the Mukti Gupteshwar Mandir Society and the Congregational Christian Church Samoa. For Talanoa; Walk the Talk I and Talanoa: Walk the Talk II Shigeyuki Kihara brought together Auckland’s diverse communities. There was a collaborative performance by the Chinese dragon dancers and the Scottish highland pipe band; and a collaborative performance by the Brazilian Samba band and the Cook island drumming group.

Shigeyuki Kihara is an internationally acclaimed multimedia and performance artist from New Zealand. Kihara’s work is based on an investigative research relating to the Indigenous cultures of the Pacific, and more specifically to Samoan culture, history and spirituality. Kihara represented New Zealand at the fourth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane. Kihara’s first solo museum exhibition Shigeyuki Kihara: Living Photographs was presented at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2008.

Talanoa: Walk the Talk IV is a free performance at Redfern Community Centre, located at 29 Hugo Street in Redfern. No bookings are required. Talanoa: Walk the Talk IV is commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre.

For more information about Talanoa: Walk the Talk IV call the Campbelltown Arts Centre Box Office on 4645 4100 or email artscentre@campbelltown.nsw.gov.au.

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