Introdcing: Lemi Ponifasio

17 September 2012

Lemi Ponifasio, born in Samoa, is one of New Zealand's most renowned directors and choreographers. After studying philosophy and political science, in 1995 he founded the Ensemble MAU in Auckland. The name can be traced back to the Samoan independence movement and can be translated as "vision" or "revolution." As a High Chief of Samoa, Ponifasio is one of the island nation's leading intellectual, spiritual personalities. Ritual and ceremony are central aspects of Ponifasio's works, transforming traditions and mythologies from his Pacific background into a radically modern theater that nonetheless retains a political intention.
MAU is a company, a center for critical reflection, and a creative workshop for international and local communities, artists, scholars, activists, and intellectuals all in one. Ponifasio's latest production, Prometheus by Carl Orff, premiered on September 16 at Ruhrtriennale.

Orff/Ponifasio: Prometheus - 18. 21. 23. 25. 27. September each at 8.00 pm, Kraftzentrale Duisburg