Sesilia Pusiaki Tatuila - 2012 Pacific Dance Artist in Residence
Sesilia Pusiaki Tatuila - 2012 Pacific Dance Artist in Residence

Pacific Dance Artist In Residence - Sesilia Pusiaki Tatuila. 

Sesilia Pusiaki Tatuila delivered a great showing of work on Saturday 21st July at Metro Theatre in Mangere East. After ten weeks of hard work, Sesilia's Pacific Dance Residency ended with the presentation of 'Hau 'o Momo' (The Rule of Momo). 

You can read more about the inspiration behind this piece of work - here.

This year Sesilia worked with 32 participants in the South Auckland community for 10 weeks starting from 14 May.

Sesilia received a favourable review from 'Theatreview' and you can read the review - here.

Check out Sesilia's next work, at the Tempo Dance Festival in October, where she will present an adaptation of the work she developed during this dance residency - Pukepuke 'o Tonga.

See some photos of Sesilia's showing on FB - here.


Pacific Dance New Zealand is pleased to announce the Pacific Dance Artist In Residence for 2012 - Sesilia Pusiaki Tatuila.

This Pacific Dance Artists’ Residency is in its third year and is a community dance project presented by Pacific Dance NZ, Dance Aotearoa NZ, Auckland Council and Creative NZ. Past artists include Justin Haiu (2010) and Keneti Muaiava (2011).

This year Sesilia will work in the South Auckland community for 10 weeks starting on 14 May.

The purpose of this residency is for the local community to be able to access the skill base of an established dance artist who will deliver a dance programme specific to their needs. This year Sesilia will use the residency to promote the maintenance of traditional Tongan dance, to “preserve (the) culture and heritage” of the New Zealand based Tongan community.

The residency will focus on the learning of a repertoire of traditional Tongan dances for men and women. In particular Sesilia will focus on the Me’etupaki, Otuhaka and Faha’iula dances as well as the transmission of broader dance skills to Auckland based youth. Sesilia’s background as a descendant of the Lapaha Punake (master artist) pedigree can also be traced back to her great grandfather Vili Pusiaki, composer/choreographer to the late Queen Salote of Tonga.

Pacific Dance NZ director Iosefa Enari has seen the residency grow over the past three years and is encouraged by this year’s artist’s proposal of work. “I’m really pleased to see this residency evolve and develop as part of the Auckland dance calendar,” states Enari. “It is vital that dance programmes for the community are in sync with the needs of that community. This year’s artist continues the tradition of providing Pacific dance that caters for everyone, which is what we (Pacific Dance NZ) are about.”

The residency will be delivered at the Metro Theatre in Mangere East over 10 weeks and culminate in a public presentation on Saturday 21 July at 6pm at the Metro. Sesilia will be given a designated dance studio (at Metro Theatre) to teach weekly classes. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Saturday afternoons.

To register attendance to the showing, please email - or call Pacific Dance NZ on phone 09 3760060.

For media enquiries please contact Sefa Enari or 09 3760060.