Birds With Skymirrors
Lemi Ponifasio / MAU
Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio and his company MAU present a haunting reflection on our relationship with the world in a time of climate change in the acclaimed - Birds With Skymirrors. A radical composition in dance, ceremony, poetry and chant the work emerges from Lemi Ponifasio’s experience while working on the remote Micronesian island of Tarawa.
I encountered birds carrying strips of video tapes in their mouths, dangling like liquid mirrors in the sky. It was both a vision of beauty and the spirit of death. Are they the souls of ancestors in final migration?
Carriageworks presents the Australian debut of Birds With Skymirrors following performances at Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Holland Festival (Netherlands) and Edinburgh International Festival (UK).
'The arrival of Lemi Ponifasio on the contemporary dance scene has been nothing short of an earthquake.' Vogue Italia
Duration 90 minutes (no interval)
Please note - latecomers will not be admitted to this performance
Co-Production: Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Theater der Welt 2010 RUHR, spielzeit’europa Berliner Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, KVS Brussels, Holland Festival, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, DeSingel Antwerp, New Zealand International Arts Festival
Post Show Talk - 3 May
Join us after the performance of Birds With Skymirrors on Friday 3 May as internationally acclaimed choreographer Lemi Ponifasio is in discussion with Latai Taumoepeau, a performance artists whose practice focuses on cross-pollinating ancient practices of ceremony with her contemporary performance work. FREE for ticket holders.
MAU Masterclass - 4 May
1PM – 2.30PM, FREE
Carriageworks is offering a one-off opportunity for you to engage with the internationally acclaimed choreographer Lemi Ponifasio in a free masterclass open to all.Please arrive at the Carriageworks Visitors Services Desk by 12.45pm if you would like to attend.
PANEL DISCUSSION - 4 MAY, 3 - 5PM
Join us on Saturday 4 May, 3pm – 5pm as MAU Artistic Director Lemi Ponifasio convenes a panel discussion that takes Birds With Skymirrors as a leaping off point for the panellists and audience to discuss some of the questions and issues surrounding climate change and its effect on the Pacific. FREE - bookings esstential. Book now
Confirmed panellists include:
• Lemi Ponifasio (Artistic Director MAU)
• Maria Tiimon Chi-Fang (Pacific Calling Partnership)
• Greg Semu (Visual Artist)
• Dr Simon Bradshaw – (Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator for Oxfam Australia)
• Bianca Nogrady - (Science journalist and author)