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PDF 2019 | 5 mins with Ankaramy Fepuleai

South Auckland artist, Ankaramy Fepuleai, creates contemporary work with influences of Hip Hop and Pacific elements. His latest work, LALO, takes you through the process of forgiveness in the Samoan custom ‘Ifoga’ – Humiliation in return of Forgiveness, accept it or not. We chat to him ahead of his shows at this year’s Pacific Dance Festival.

What inspired your performance?
LALO is a piece for my own cultural growth. Being an Australian born Samoan raised in South Auckland, we don’t hear much of the traditional customs and practices that still occur in Samoa today. Through Talanoa with my parents, I found out about Ifoga and their experiences being in the presence of it. Being in New Zealand, these customs are rarely practiced here so I took it upon myself to do more in-depth research about the practice. LALO presents my understanding of ‘Ifoga’ from living amongst the Samoan diaspora.

How many hours a day/s a week do you practice your art?
I am a Third Year Dance Studies student at the University of Auckland, so I am constantly in my practice.

What’s your creative process?
My creative process is heavily based on collaboration with dancers, space, time and location. Everything and anything that is present in the space such as the dancers, my friends who sit on the side during rehearsal, to questioning how dark or bright the room is; all these elements contribute to my creative process.

How would you sell the Pacific Dance Festival to someone who isn’t from the islands?
The Pacific Dance Festival is a platform for our Pasifika people and our stories to be told through the art.

Which events will we find you at this festival? Do you have any recommendations?
Find LALO at this year’s MOANA showcase featured in the Pacific Dance Festival 2019 from June 11th to 12th. Also my good friend Ufitia Sagapolutele has an amazing piece called ‘Trip’ featuring some sick Wahine Toa – Funaki Taulanga, Lyncia Muller, Chas Samoa and Natalia Ioane which is in the Triple Bill show on the 14th June.

What’s coming up for you after this festival?
Will still be in the process of finishing my degree in Dance Studies and I will be heading over to Hong Kong and Macau in July with MANU directed by Xavier Breed for this year’s International Youth Dance Festival 2019.

Ankaramy Fepuleai is the choreographer of LALO, performed in the Moana showcase on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 June at the Mangere Arts Centre, 7pm, as part of the Pacific Dance Festival 2019. Tickets are available from Eventfinda.

PDF 2019 | 5 mins with Ufitia Sagapolutele

Dancer and choreographer, Ufitia Sagapolutele returns to the Pacific Dance Festival with hew new work, TRIP. Inspired by her personal journey and the daily emotions and experiences she’s faced.

What inspired your performance?
I would say this particular work ‘TRIP’ has been inspired by my personal journey and recognising the different emotions and experiences I have faced on a daily. I feel things are shifting in my life and I wanted to capture parts of it before I move on to the next stage in my life.

How many hours a day/s a week do you practice your art?
Every day whether it is choreographing, journalling, thinking, resting, conversing. I would say for an artist, there is always something that contributes to our work on a daily, whether it is intentional or not.

What’s your creative process?
It varies depending on what I am working on. I would say it typically would involve talanoa with my oldest brother Raymond who is an artist himself. I find speaking with him really helps give me clarity with what I want to create next. Sometimes I have so many ideas that it becomes overwhelming so when I converse with Raymond, ideas are narrowed down and I become more at ease.

When I am choreographing, I love to collaborate with my friends. When I have a creative block, sometimes it’s hard to move forward, but when you collaborate, people start to add in their ideas and the result is beautiful.

A lot of my ideas stem from personal experiences. I’ve always wanted my authenticity to come through in each work I present to the public. I then use journalling/creative writing to express how I am feeling and then reflect on what I have written. The words I have written down then become inspiration for when I am choreographing.

I am also inspired by various artists in different fields. Artists like Rosanna Raymond, Jahra Rager Wasasala, Raymond Sagapolutele, FKA Twigs, Pati Solomona Tyrell, Sevdaliza, Solange, and Tyler The Creator help broaden my perspective and challenge my way of thinking.

How would you sell the Pacific Dance Festival to someone who isn’t from the islands?
If you want to be amazed and speechless, then Pacific Dance Festival is the event for YOU. There are always such diverse works featured in the festival, which I find incredible. I also think this festival is such a great platform for emerging artists and there is always something for everyone.

Which events will we find you at this festival? Do you have any recommendations?
My work ‘TRIP’ has been created in collaboration with artists Chas Samoa, Lyncia Muller, Funaki Taulanga and Natalia Ioane. You can find our work in the Triple Bill show which will be on Friday 14th June 8pm at Mangere Arts Centre.

I would recommend seeing LEECHES by Aloalii Tapu and Friends. Every work that Aloalii creates is ALWAYS amazing, and when you see a cast full of iconic Oceanic people, you already know it is going to be amazing.

I also would recommend seeing MOANA. There are two artists in there who I think are artists to look out for – Ankaramy Fepuleai with LALO and Lyncia Muller with FONUA. I am really excited to see these works.

What’s coming up for you after this festival?
I will start rehearsals for Tupe Lualua’s work after my show, and then as soon as that is finished, I will go into rehearsals for my next work which will be presented overseas in August in collaboration with my brother/artist Raymond Sagapolutele.

Ufitia Sagapolutele has created a new work TRIP, performed in the Triple Bill on Friday 14 June at the Mangere Arts Centre, 8pm, as part of the Pacific Dance Festival 2019. Tickets are available from Eventfinda.


AWA18 | 5 mins with Tipare

Artist, Tīpare examines citizenship from a wahine Māori perspective through her multimedia exhibit at Mangere Arts Centre. Her work explores protest movements, the #metoo phenomenon, matrimonial land ownership and dual citizenship.

Describe your piece of work/installation in three words

uwha, fierce, complicated

What inspired it?
Every female I’ve ever known.

What’s your creative process?
I’m a multimedia artist. I let whatever the intention of the piece is to decide what media will speak its purpose best. I don’t have any fixed way of approaching art, I literally get a million things running through my mind about a subject, take their attached emotions and try to create something simple with a lot of layers you might feel but not know why.

What do you think of the Art scene in Auckland? New Zealand?
I love coming home to NZ after being oversees. The art we have here is world class and it’s unique. NZ gives space now for every facet of society to have a voice, and on top of that, the execution of these works is as competitive and differentiating as you’d find internationally. Māori artists are reaching and expressing way beyond any paradigm ever set and are delivering truly incredible works that would make our tūpuna proud while also just shaking you as a human being.

Are there any artists/pieces of work that you’re looking forward to seeing this year?
Frank Oceans new album

What is your social media of choice?

Who do you follow and where?
Willie Verse, Solange, Erykah Badu – all on Insta

What are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist right now?
Nina Simone -‘Since I fell for you’
Travis Scott ‘Sicko mode’
Prince ‘The Ballad of Dorothy Parker’

Word Association:
Auckland – 1000 lovers
Art – #
Festival – overwhelming
Creative – life
Collaboration – trust
Summer – vitamin D

See Tīpare’s exhibition Uwha 13 October – 17 November at Mangere Arts Centre, as part of Artweek Auckland 6 – 14 October