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Lemi Ponifasio

Lemi Ponifasio

Lemi Ponifasio is a Samoan artist, director, writer, choreographer, dancer, and designer, based in Auckland, New Zealand and founder and director of MAU, a global collaboration of artists and communities.

In his stage-work, Ponifasio orients the modern individual towards other dimensions of consciousness by way of the decelerated rhythm of his strict aesthetic, shifting volumes of space and a monochrome stage where humans, animals, spirits and gods are captured. For more than two decades, his work has been presented on the world’s most prestigious stages including Avignon Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Edinburgh International Festival, Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (NYC), London’s Southbank, Holland Festival, Luminato Festival, Vienna Festival, Berliner Festspiele and the Venice Biennale.

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