Saturday, August 22, 2009

Falemalama

One of the great things about writing this blog has been the people I've met through it. It's been a special treat being exposed to the various playwrights featured in Umbrella Talk.

Last night I had the pleasure of meeting Dianna Fuemana and seeing her newest work, Falemalama, as part of the Planet IndigenUs festival. In the past, I wouldn't have taken the night off work to go, but I wanted to meet Dianna.

The show is lovely. It talks about her mother's journey from the Polynesian islands to New Zealand. The show has a mix of languages and switches from text to movement and back again frequently. It's a great window into a culture that is part of the fabric of New Zealand but one that we in Canada are not exposed to often.

There's one more performance tonight (Saturday) at the Enwave Theatre at Harbourfront Centre and if you can, please try and see it.

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