‘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:





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

Honolulu Biennial Prologue Exhibition, ‘Chain of Fire’

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on October 8, 2014 by secretnaomi

The Honolulu Biennial has announced its full list of public programs which are now available to view on their website.

Honolulu Biennial Prologue Exhibition, 'Chain of Fire' poster

International Biennials beckon Shigeyuki Kihara

Posted in News on September 17, 2014 by secretnaomi

International art biennials in Korea and Hawai’i will feature photographic and moving image works by Shigeyuki Kihara this year. Earlier this month, Shigeyuki was in Korea for the Daegu Photo Biennale and at the end of October, the prologue exhibition opens for the inaugural Honolulu Biennial. Read more here…

Undressing the Pacific: Exhibition Talk

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2014 by secretnaomi

Exhibition Talk

Ian Fookes discusses ‘Shigeyuki Kihara: Undressing the Pacific’
Tuesday 1 April 2014, 1pm
The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre
Auckland, New Zealand

Shigeyuki Kihara at The Pah Homestead, Auckland, New Zealand


Solo exhibitions in Wellington

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2014 by secretnaomi

Shigeyuki Kihara is pleased to have two solo exhibitions featuring in Wellington, to coincide with the New Zealand Festival.

Culture for Sale
City Gallery Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
1 February to 30 March 2014

Read the media release here…


Shigeyuki Kihara: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?
Pataka Art + Museum
Porirua, New Zealand
16 February to 25 May 2014

Read the media release here…

Urban Pacific: Public Lecture at A/P/A Institute at NYU

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on November 9, 2013 by secretnaomi

A Lecture by Shigeyuki Kihara

Urban Pacific: Contemporary Indigenous Cultures from New Zealand and the Pacific
November 21 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU,
8 Washington Mews New York, NY 10003 United States

A native of Samoa, Shigeyuki Kihara is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines the notions surrounding gender, history, and representation in post-colonial societies. Her solo exhibition, Shigeyuki Kihara: Living Photographs (2008-9), was the MET’s first exhibition of contemporary Samoan art. This Fall, Kihara is in residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program.
Kihara will discuss a thriving contemporary urban movement amongst Maori and Pacific Islander communities from New Zealand.

Chief Dwaine C. Perry (Ramapough Lenape Nation) provides a special welcome and Mario A. Caro (NYU Draper Program) leads the conversation.

A Lecture by Shigeyuki Kihara at A/P/A at NYU


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