A captivating performance from Fiji.
For anyone who lives on an island, surrounded by the deep, beautiful yet dangerous sea, it is a cruel thought that one day the island will be swallowed by the ocean. For the inhabitants of the tropical Pacific islands, this is about to happen. Global climate change makes the sea rise and the land disappear. How does it feel when the sea forces you to abandon all that you hold dear? What does the threat from climate change mean to the island societies and the families who live in the Pacific?
Moana – The Rising of the Sea is an intense and colourful declaration of love to the nature and cultures of the Pacific, performed by Pacific Islanders. Through music, dance and video, 25 dancers and singers from the Oceania Dance Theatre and the choir Pasifika Voices share emotions and experiences not so easily captured in scientific reports.
Leading climate researchers meet in Bergen on 29 May for an open symposium about global warming and rising sea levels. Before the performance, one of the participants will give a brief introduction to the powerful messages conveyed by Moana.
Oceania Dance Theatre & Pasifika Voices
Vilsoni Hereniko executive producer & original story
Peter Rockford Espiritu director & choreographer
Igelese Ete musical director, original score & music
Allan Alo original lyrics & cultural advisor
A collaborative effort by the Bergen International Festival, the University of Bergen, the University of the South Pacific and Oseana.
Moana is also performed in Peer Gynt-salen in Grieghallen Friday 29 May.