Climate Century commission
“You and I are still riding the tranquil wave of the sacred shore. Let us not slacken or relinquish this precious heritage, but let us hold fast for it is still our grand display of sweet smelling flowers to waft abroad and throughout Tonga at all times”. Ma’u Matāpule, Poet, Composer and Nima tapu (Tongan Royal undertaker)
By facing the past, we back into the future.
In Loving Memory: War Dance of the Final Frontier eulogises forgotten island nations of Oceania – the devastated Pacific Island land and seascapes that have been depleted of natural resources for the benefit of Australians.
Through this eulogy, can we face a climate centurion monster who comes from the depths of Oceania. Can we conjure our elemental power to disable it and its kin with an ancient war dance?
Using her body-centred performance methodologies, as well as a new exploration of interactivity, Latai Taumoepeau seeks to engage contemporary audiences in an understanding of communities and nations at the frontline of climate change. In Loving Memory: War Dance of the Final Frontier will challenge the passive bystander and beneficiary of environmental dominance to understand the past and change the future.
Latai Taumoepeau with Elias Nohra and Lonleyspeck