LATAI TAUMOEPEAU is a Punake, body-centred performance artist; her story is of her homelands, the Island Kingdom of Tonga and her birthplace, the Eora Nation – Sydney, and everything far and in-between. She mimicked, trained and un-learned dance, in multiple institutions of knowledge, starting with her village, a suburban church hall, nightclubs and a university.
Latai activates Indigenous philosophies and methodologies; cross-pollinating ancient practices of ceremony with her contemporary processes and performance work to re-interpret, re-generate and extend her movement practice and its function in and from Oceania. She engages in the socio-political landscape of Australia with sensibilities in race, class and the female body politic; committed to bringing the voice of marginalised communities to the frangipani-less fore ground. Latai has a significant, leading and important body of work around climate change.
Latai has presented works in Sydney at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Carriageworks, Performance Space, Arts House, Sydney Opera House, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, The Australian Museum, Brisbane Powerhouse, Woodford Folk Festival, and the Sydney Fringe Festival. She has also toured internationally to London, Germany, France, Japan, Switzerland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and at the Tanz im August, dance festival in Berlin.