Pacific Dance Artist in Residence – Steev Laufilitoga Maka

Press Release – Pacific Dance

Pacific Dance Artist 2018

Pacific Dance NZ is proud to announce the 2018 Pacific Dance Artist in Residence
Steev Laufilitoga Maka

Sharing the Dance and Culture of Uvea

The Pacific Dance Artist in Residence programme is now in its ninth-year and for the second consecutive year is based at the Te Oro Arts Centre in Glen Innes.

Steev Laufilitoga Maka is a master dance artist with over a quarter of a century’s experience within the professional Pacific region arts and culture sectors including seventeen-years with ‘Pacifique et Compagnie New Caledonian Theatre Company and School’, and eight-years working with Tongan based Pacific arts initiative ‘On The Spot’. Steev continues;

“I grew up in New Caledonia but originally I am from Uvea and I am one-hundred percent Uvean and Futunan. I have a background in theatre and acting but I am very excited to have this opportunity to share what I know about my own culture and connect to other cultures and communities here in Aotearoa. It is not just about me sharing what I know but about making and extending that connection especially within the special mix I see here in Glen Innes.”

Steev will take up the eight-week residency in Glen Innes from Monday 13 August – Saturday 6 October. Steev will work with 150 children from Pt England Primary School, youth from the local Ruapotaka Marae as well as delivering public classes at Te Oro.

The Pacific Dance Artist In Residence is an annual event which started in 2009. Past artists have included: Justin Haiu (Youth dance), Tuiahai Tuiafitu (Tonga), Julia Grey (Nesian dance) in Auckland as well as Tuaine Robati (Cook Islands) and Tupe Lualua (Samoa) in Wellington. The residency allows a senior dance artists to work in a community to deliver dance forms and share their skills with local communities.

This residency is delivered for free to the public by Pacific Dance NZ with funding assistance from Creative New Zealand.

You can register for workshops at the Te Oro Website at this address

For enquiries please emails or call 09 376 00 60
Keep up to date with the residency on Facebook/PacificDanceArtistNZ/

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