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Culture Dance book launch

wati talebula suva, newsroom Collaboration between the University of the South Pacific (USP) and University of Auckland has resulted in the publication of a book on Pacific dance. “Moving Oceans:
29 Mar 2014 08:05

wati talebula
suva, newsroom
Collaboration between the University of the South Pacific (USP) and University of Auckland has resulted in the publication of a book on Pacific dance.
“Moving Oceans: Celebrating dance in the Pacific” was launched at the USP’s Laucala campus yesterday.
The book was written by different authors and edited by well known Professors Ralph Buck and Nicholas Rowe of the University of Auckland.
Professor Rowe said the book combined the research of dance academics around the South Pacific.
“It was based on the research they have undertaken in the last five years, gathering the essays, reviewing them and editing them took one year.”
He said the book had come at a very important time, as there was so much knowledge carried through dance in the South Pacific.
“The intention of this book has been to capture the experiences of dance performers and expanding dance in the lives of people in the contemporary South Pacific,” Professor Rowe said.
He hoped the book would inspire the young inspiring dancers.
“The preface to this book is written by three young dancers, graduates of the Bachelor of Dance Studies at the University of Auckland,” he said.
“They reviewed all of the contributions in the book and identify how it may guide them in their future careers. I hope it might do this for many young dancers in the region.”
The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education Dr Akanisi Kedrayate said the book was interesting and hopes everyone will feel the same.
“We need to change the mindset of the people about dancing and to appreciate what we have.”
The book focused on the interplay of cultures, old and new, as the artists travel around the Pacific.
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