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International dance fest for USP

Inaugural event to honour memory of oceanic arts pioneer, writer, professor Epeli Hauofa University of the South Pacific Suva The University of the South Pacific’s Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture
27 Mar 2014 09:44

Inaugural event to honour memory of oceanic arts pioneer, writer, professor Epeli Hauofa

University of the South Pacific
Suva
The University of the South Pacific’s Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS) will host the first ever biannual Epeli Hau’ofa Memorial Dance Festival from March 24—29 at the Japan –Pacific ICT Theatre.
This ground-breaking feast of movement has a very special component. It features guest dancers from six countries which include: Japan, Germany, Taiwan, New Zealand, United States of America and New Caledonia. These dancers will be accompanied by the three USP Student Cultural Groups representing Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.
In addition to this local dance groups: VOU, Rako Pasifika and Oceania Dance Theatre will be part of this momentous occasion.
“Steeped in culture, tradition and the arts, this production is focused on breaking down ethnic barriers and building cultural bridges,” Peter Espiritu the artistic director at OCACPS.
The OCACPS was founded in February 1997 with only three staff members under the leadership of its founder and Director, the late Professor Epeli Hau’ofa.
“Under late Prof Hau’ofa, the centre has grown into USP’s leading institute for original creativity in visual and performing arts that are distinctively ours. Late Prof Hau’ofa’s vision was to create A Home for the Arts – An Oceanic Space,” Mr Espiritu said. He said this month the centre celebrates the first biannual Epeli Hau’ofa Memorial Dance Festival; this newest brainchild honours the man who made the Oceania Centre and Oceania Dance Theatre possible.
“I believe this convergence of high quality professionals will help the students understand that dance is not only entertainment but also a viable possibility of actual job and making money,” Espiritu said.

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