1918 is the latest dance theatre work by Wellington based
company Le Moana. The show premiered in Wellington in May 2015
during Sāmoan Language week, remounted for a follow up season in
Auckland in July and Le Moana have since been invited to present a
performance at the National University of Sāmoa in 2016.
"I was four years old when it came, my Father had to instruct
the young men of the village who dug the mass graves; there was
also a young woman in the village who died while breastfeeding her
baby…although I was only little, it was a very hard time for
Inspired by the memories of her beloved Grandmother, Avea'i Fui,
and the research of Dr. John McLane, Tupe Lualua's work is a
response to the devastating Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918.
Presented through live performance, "1918" explores the effects
of the disease which claimed the lives of almost a third of the
total population of Samoa and became a catalyst for Samoa's
resistance against the New Zealand colonial government.
This is our first international presentation as a company and we
are honoured to have the opportunity to take this performance back
to the place where the events actually happened.
Our company dancers are a diverse group of performers
experienced in Siva Sāmoa, Maori, Cook Islands and Contemporary
dance. As well as performing 1918, we will be offering free dance
workshops to the University students and local community
This is one of the workshops that our 1918 cast delivered during
our performance season in Auckland.
The funds raised from your donations will contribute towards our
overall tour costs. Other fundraising ventures include three public
performances in Wellington on the 22nd and 23rd of January, before
we depart on January 27th. All of your contributions make a
huge difference and we are extremely grateful for your
$60+ will receive two tickets to one of our live performances on
the 22nd or 23rd January
$100+ will receive two tickets to one of our live performances
on the 22nd or 23rd January and two places in a dance workshop
with our cast.
All donors may claim a 33% tax credit from Inland Revenue,
e.g.Give $100, get $33 back.
If you would like to receive regular updates on our workshops
and public performances, please subscribe to our events on our
facebook page [www.facebook.com/LeMoanaProductions]
Thank you for being a part of our journey, we look forward to
sharing this experience with you all. Fa'afetai tele lava,
Soifua ma ia manuia.
"A HEADY, POIGNANT AND POLISHED WORK" - Raewyn Whyte -
"I took my family to watch the play "1918" at the Mangere Arts
Centre last night. It was excellent....it stirred and moved me as
the play unfolded, reflecting on a deeply emotional period in
Samoa's history where thousands of Samoan died as a result of the
flu epidemic that devastated Samoa in 1918..." - Su'a William
Sio - Labour MP Mangere
"Not knowing what to expect at the premiere, and not being a
frequent devotee of dance, I found myself experiencing the
emotional and cultural aspects of the pandemic in a way that my
years of research never allowed. This piece allows for a glimpse
into the cultural underpinnings of a significant population in New
Zealand, an unusual event in our increasingly splintered world. It
offers a chance for the Samoan population to learn of their history
and for non-Samoan audiences to build true empathy, a rare gift.
"1918" is an opportunity for genuine, cross-cultural education" -
Dr Ryan Mclane
Completion of "1918" in Sāmoa project.
22 MONTHS AGO
First of all I would like to thank you for your ongoing support of our Le Moana collective and the generosity that you have shown with your kind donation towards our latest venture of taking "1918" to Sāmoa.
Due to administrative purposes regarding the timeframe of our fundraising efforts and our departure date for Sāmoa, we have had to withdraw our boosted campaign. Therefore all monies will be refunded back to the donors by the boosted organisation.
We cannot thank you enough for your kindness, although the money will be returned, knowing that there are people out there who support us and what we do, encourages us to keep living our dreams and to do what we love.
We will be presenting three fundraising performances on the 22nd and 23rd January before we depart for Sāmoa (please see attached flyer). Your email address will also be added onto our mailing list so that we may keep you in the loop with our future events.
I le ava ma le fa'aaloalo
(with respect and humility)
Fa'afetai tele lava
Le Moana Limited
+64 21 025 35823