Friday 14 July 2017, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
The Bowery Theatre,
Premiering to a SOLD OUT audience at the South Melbourne Town Hall in June 2017. PICAA Inc. brings you the First Australian Pacific Island Musical, ReHavaiki.
“In a world where we are forgetting our ancestors -forgetting where we have come from – we take a journey to reawaken the gifts from Havaiki that once saw us as fearless explorers, navigators of the seas, and discoverers of new worlds. ReHavaiki explores themes of identity, belonging and re-connecting with ancestral heritage. Set in present-day Australia, we gain insight into life as a Pacific Islander youth born and raised outside of the homeland. The production showcases modern and traditional genres of music, dance and crafts. An inspiring and beautiful montage of the ups and downs of Pacific Island pride.”
Written and Directed by Award-winning actor and Theatre practitioner Asalemo Tofete, with Original Music Composed by Samoan choral director Rita Seumanutafa. ReHavaiki promises an array of multi-talented creative arts (singers, dancers, actors, artists, craftsmen) highlighting Pacific Island talent in Australia.
Featuring a 53-strong cast, ReHavaiki includes members of the Melbourne Pacific dance company ‘Coco Nutty Dance Crew’, Power singer Juliana Sopoaga, and well-renowned NZ urban music producer and artist, Sam Feo. The cast is made up of skilled creative artists, operating independently in Australia as singers, composers, dancers, choreographers, actors, directors, film-makers, playwrights and costume-makers – just to name a few.
Behind the scenes, our costumes are designed by Melbourne’s very own former Miss Samoa Victoria, Gina Tafea. Gina showcases a stunning range of costumes inspired by modern and traditional attires of the Pacific. There are also various Pacific community groups that are assisting with costume-making and set construction. The production also features original songs composed and taught by ethnomusicologist and Pacific academic Rita Seumanutafa, graduate of The Conservatorium of Music (University of Melbourne).
True to our cultural roots, ReHavaiki promotes and focuses on the concept of family both on and off-stage. Company members include fathers and children, husbands and wives, mothers and sons.
PICAA Inc. has united these artists to create, develop and perform a production that allows us to promote the strengths of our Melbourne Pacific Island community, sending hope and inspiration to many Australians today who are navigating their own multicultural identities in the community. Furthermore, this show will feature a mixture of western and non-western music genres – appealing to all walks of life of all ages. ReHavaiki promises comedy, drama and maximum enjoyment for all!
“ReHaviki deserved that standing ovation” – Stella Taupau, Audience..
“Really enjoyed the show. Great script and music/vocals.” -Allison Sauturaga, Audience.
“Within the first 2 minutes of the production I got goose bumps and by the end of the opening number I was crying and then crying from laughing so hard!” – Sharon Mowat, Audience.
“WE NEED MORE OF THESE SHOWS SO PEOPLE CAN HEAR OUR STORIES!!!….” – Junior-Tucee Fiu. Audience.
Date: Friday 14 July 2017, 7.30pm – 9.30pm approx
Writer/Director: Asalemo Tofete
Composer: Rita Seumanutafa
Assistant Director: Christian Gilbert
Music Directors: Rita Seumanutafa and Steve Tafea
Costume Concept: Gina Tafea & Bessie Fa’aaifili
Production and Stage Management: Lavinia Enosa
Produced by PICAA Inc. (Pacific Island Creative Arts Australia Inc.)
Choreography by Tavai Faasavalu, Sanele Savea, Elandrah Feo and Christian Gilbert
Cast: Tavai Fa’asavalu, Julianna Sopoaga, Elandrah Feo, Olive Asi, Sanele Savea, Vineta Ioapo, Patrick Fa’aaifili, Jeramyah Gale, Tapu Elise, Mema Elise, Luana Tofete, Moeaki Finau, Lynette Lima, Gloria Tafua.
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