Lemi Ponifasio: I AM

Theater / Dance / Performance

  • © Jörg Baumann
    (c) Jörg Baumann
  • © Jörg Baumann
    (c) Jörg Baumann
  • © Jörg Baumann
    (c) Jörg Baumann
  • Lemi Ponifasio / © Günter Karl Bose
    Lemi Ponifasio
    (c) Günter Karl Bose

“Art can point us to or remind us of our ability to transform triumphantly without violence and pain.” (Lemi Ponifasio)

Following his production of Carl Orff’s Prometheus at the Ruhrtriennale 2012, this year Samoan performance artist and chorographer Lemi Ponifasio will be showing a new work created jointly with MAU Company. The title I AM refers to the Biblical story of divine revelation, a synonym for moments of greatest doubt and the possibility of escaping the darkness. Ponifasio directs his attention at the major cities of our time, exploring the fragile balance between creation and destruction that defines our civilization until today.

Ponifasio’s performances, merciless and disturbing in their beauty and silence, generate awareness. Rooted in the cultural values of the Pacific, he understands theater as ceremony, as a communal event in which the mysterious moment of immediate presence is shared. With movement, language, deceleration, and the dynamic interplay of light and shadow, he creates impressive images of formal strictness. His pieces with their decelerated rhythm leave room for fantasy: „Imagination, the constant sensing of what is not here, the sensing of another alternative – it is liberation, it is hope, imagination makes life a wondrous act. I don’t think you have lost anything. It is a choice you can still make.” (Lemi Ponifasio)

The cast of Lemi Ponifasio's I AM consists of a team of performers from New Zealand, Europe, Australia, Canada , Turkey, New Caledonia, and Samoa.

Conzept, Design, Choreographie, Direction —
Light, Technical Management —
Helen Todd
Composition, Sound —
Marc Chesterman
Sound Design —
Sebastian Schottke
Moteatea (traditional song) —
Ria Te Uira Paki
Costume —
Kasia Pol
With —
Nina Arsenault, Mere Boynton, Kasina Campbell, Gabriel Castillo, Muagututia Fu´a, Charles Koroneho, Susana Lei´ataua, Ioane Papali´i, Helmi Prasetyo (Teater Ruang), Peter Saena-Brown, Teataki Tamango, Arikitau Tentau, Rosie TeRauawhea Belvie, Maereke Teteka, Bainrebu Tonganibeia, Halim Rahmouni


— 28. August 2014
Further dates
— 29. 30. 31. August
— ca. 2 h / no intermission
— 28. 29. 30. 31. August: 45 min prior to show
German Premiere
Multilingual, no surtitels
— 20 / 30 / 40 €
Reduced prices start at 10,00 €
  • Thu28Aug
    Lemi Ponifasio: I AM on 28. August 2014 at 8.30 PM
  • Fri29Aug
    Lemi Ponifasio: I AM on 29. August 2014 at 8.30 PM
  • Sat30Aug
    Lemi Ponifasio: I AM on 30. August 2014 at 8.30 PM
  • Sun31Aug
    Lemi Ponifasio: I AM on 31. August 2014 at 8.30 PM


30. August 2014
Jahrhunderthalle Bochum / Turbinenhalle

Press Comments

Ein optisch wie inhaltlich starker Abend.

— BR 2, 29.08.2014

A production by MAU Company as coproduction with Ruhrtriennale, Festival d'Avignon, Edinburgh International Festival, Auckland Arts Festival.