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if you are dreamer, come in

Inspired by the works of renowned American writer Shel Silverstein, Shel We? is an invitation. An enchanting, playfully intriguing and visually stunning dance show. Award winning choreographer Tupua Tigafua is a highly accomplished dancer and one of the most ingenious storytellers of this generation. He has masterfully created his own dance style.

Shel Silverstein was a critically acclaimed writer of children’s books such as “Where the sidewalk ends”; “Falling up”; and most notable “The Giving Tree”. He was a talented lyricist and wrote iconic ballads such as “Sylvias Mother” for Doctor Hook and “A boy named Sue” for Johnny Cash. Shel’s off beat style and brilliant use of metaphorical imagery in his poetry and sketches is cleverly captured in Tupua’s choreography. This original artistic brilliance is now what we know as Shel We?

The dancers include: Sean MacDonald; Jeremy Beck; Andu Tilo; and Tofifailauga Misa. Produced by Tupe Lualua

If you are a dreamer, come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,

A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .

If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,

For we have some flax golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!

- Shel Silverstein

Performances are:

  • Saturday 1 June, time to be advised

  • Sunday 2 June, time to be advised

Prices*: Ticketing information will be available soon. *Service fees may apply. 

Performance length: approx. 55 minutes (no interval). Latecomers will be seated when appropriate. Tickets are for general admission seating. See Ticketing T&Cs for the Hannah's policies on phones, photos and large items

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Tupua Tigafua

Safa’ato’a, Lefaga, Faleū, Manono-Tai Award winning choreographer Tupua Tigafua is a highly accomplished dancer and one of the most ingenious storytellers of this generation. After an illustrious career dancing for some of Aotearoa’s creative elite, (including Black Grace, Mau, the White Face Crew and the New Zealand Dance Company); Tupua has masterfully created his own dance style.

As an independent choreographer, Tupua’s original work Shel we was also presented at the Measina Festival 2016 and 2018 in Wellington, receiving rave reviews. Tupua was also the recipient of the Creative New Zealand Emerging Artist Award 2017.

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Ka mihi ki ngā uri o te rohe nei, ratou e noho ana ki runga i te whenua o Te Ūpoko o te ika a Maui! E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangarangatanga maha o ngā hau e whā! Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa!

Kia Mau Festival stands upon whenua known as Te Ūpoko o te ika a Maui – the head of the fish of Maui. The region of Wellington is known for the strength of Tāwhirimatea, the God of the Winds, this is the home of Kia Mau Festival.

From 1-15 June 2019, theatre and dance will be performed by Māori, Pasifika and Indigenous artists and their companies from across Te Moana-nui-a-kiwa and around the globe. Artists, whānau, friends, communities and audiences are invited to join us in sharing contemporary performance and knowledge from an Indigenous worldview. Established and helmed by senior artist Hone Kouka, Kia Mau Festival places artists at the centre of the festival's vision. Our artists lead the korero and inspire new futures for our whānau and our communities throughout the country and te ao marama. 2019 marks the fifth year of Kia Mau Festival.

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