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 "A HEADY, POIGNANT AND POLISHED WORK" - Raewyn Whyte - Theatreview

"It was excellent....it stirred and moved me as the play unfolded, reflecting on a deeply emotional period in Samoa's history.." - Su'a William Sio - Labour MP Mangere

"…a rare gift. 1918 is an opportunity for genuine, cross-cultural education" - Dr ​John Mclane

1918 by Le Moana is a response to the devastating Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918. Presented through live performance, this work explores the historical events around 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.​

1918 premiered to sell out audiences in Wellington during the MEASINA festival 2015, then remounted for a performance season at the Mangere Arts Centre in Auckland and was recently presented at the National University of Samoa during February 2016. 

We have since been selected to present "1918" at the San Diego International Fringe Festival from 23rd June - 3rd July 2016. 

Collectively, our dancers have travelled extensively across the globe performing Maori Haka, Siva Samoa, Cook Islands Ura and New Zealand contemporary dance at various International festivals.  While in San Diego, we will also share our Polynesian dances with the local schools and community groups through workshops and live performances. 

Le Moana is an emerging company who continue to thrive through the ongoing support from our communities.  This boosted project will cover 10% of our overall tour costs and 35% of our travel costs.  

All donors may claim a 33% tax credit from Inland Revenue, e.g.Give $100, get $33 back.

We will also be fundraising through live performances.  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]

All of your contributions will make a huge impact and we are extremely grateful for your support. 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.


  • Solomona Esera talks about the challenges he faced during the 1918 season


  • Solomona Esera talks about the challenges he faced during the 1918 season



  • Oriwa shares her personal connection to 1918


  • Le Moana choreographer: Andy Faiaoga


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