TALKING BODIES: DANCING MONUMENTS – LATAI TAUMOEPEAU

2 April |  SURRY HILLS LIBRARY

Re-writing the history of Australian contemporary dance. 

Building on last year’s Talking Bodies series, this year’s unique dance lecture performances focuses on the theme of ‘dancing monuments’, tracing the diverse, uncanny and counter-culture narratives that make up the story of dance in Australia today.

Over 3 nights, join some of Sydney’s finest dance artists, The Fondue Set, Angela Goh and Latai Taumoepeau. Combining storytelling with performance, video and re-enactment, each artist presents a playlist of the great influences, practices and issues that have shaped their work. From internet memes and ceremonial dance protocols to climate change, eisteddfods and feminist manifestos these influences are far reaching. The artists reveal how thoroughly dance is mixed up in the issues. Big, small, social and personal, these issues shape who we are and how we make sense of our world today.

The final lecture performance in the series is by renowned performance artist Latai Taumoepeau. In their body-centred practice of faivā Latai activates Tongan methodologies of performing time/space; cross-pollinating ancient practice and everyday ritual to investigate and re- generate environmental movements and actions that are urgent in and from Oceania. 

For Talking Bodies: Dancing Monuments Latai unpacks deep sea mining, war dance expression popularly performed in Pacific team sport; through her animation work titled Wardance: the final frontier. 

Artist: Latai Taumoepeau

Curators: Rhiannon Newton and Katy Green Loughrey

Talking Bodies is presented by the City of Sydney as part of the Late Night Library series, in association with March Dance.

EXPLORE THE SERIES

Talking Bodies: The Fondue Set

Talking Bodies: Angela Goh

Image Credit: Michael Young

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