'An impressive choreographic tour de force.' Le Soir (Belgium)
'Clear. Beautiful. Masterful… The voice of this work, sentient and succinct, need not be interpreted. It speaks for itself with a sacred tongue.' Lumiere (NZ)
In Tempest: without a body, choreographer Lemi Ponifasio has created a poignant, poetic and frighteningly beautiful reflection on the post-9/11 world.
An angel with a broken body and crumpled wings too small for flight, wanders on the landscape of blood and destruction. The dancers of the MAU company emerge from the shadows to pray on the ruins of history.
First staged at the Vienna Festival in 2007, Tempest: without a body interweaves Shakespeare’s The Tempest’s themes of institutional injustice with the ideas of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. The presence on stage of Māori activist Tame Iti adds ceremonial and political potency.
Part dance, part theatre, part oratory, Tempest grabs you by the throat with its authentic style and content.
MAU also presents the 5th Pacific Thought Symposium.
To download a free program for the performance, click here.
To view the Inner West 2010 Minisite, click here.
Photo: Lemi Ponifasio/MAU