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Dance

Veiqia21

by VOU Dance Fiji

Presented by WOW and BLEACH at Festival 2018

VEIQIA as it is traditionally known, was the custom commonly bestowed on young Fijian women coming of age. The process involves the traditional tattooing of young women celebrating and acknowledging the initial stages of a young girl undergoing physical changes before or while entering womanhood.

The piece will reflect the once forgotten ritualistic aspect that held utmost importance in the lives of Fijian women, focusing specifically on how proudly celebrated menstruation was for young women then, and how unnecessarily stigmatised it is in today’s society.

The Veiqia was symbolic, signifying strength, resilience, resourcefulness and creativity in the lives of these women. Today, the question that comes into play is ‘What is a woman’s right of passage?’

 

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VOU Dance Fiji will also participate in the WOW Opening Ceremony on Thu 5th April and present a site specific work at BLEACH Festival, Palm Beach Parklands on Sat 7th and Sun 8th April.

Sachiko Soro - Company Director
Sachiko is a Composer and Choreographer with Fiji’s internationally renowned independent dance company VOU. After completing a Bachelor of Music in Composition, and a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance at the University of Auckland she returned home to Fiji to continue her passion and spread the magic of music and dance from the Pacific across the globe. Sachiko has performed, composed and choreographed works in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, China, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, New Caledonia, PNG, Canada the US, the Solomon Islands, Guam, France, England, Scotland, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia and of course throughout the paradise of the Fiji Islands. She is also currently the president of the Fiji Chapter of the World Dance Alliance. Sachiko wants to help create sustainable artistic career paths and develop the arts industries in Fiji. She wants to provide quality arts education in Fiji through the VOU music and dance School, which currently has 2 branches in Suva and Nadi and over 300 students from the age of 3 year to adults. Sachiko believes strongly in VOU’s vision of taking the Energy! Spirit! Mana! of contemporary Fijian music and dance to the world.

Ta'Arei Weeks - Choreographer
Ta’arei started her own Multi-Cultural dance group with her relatives and friends when she was very young, she choreographed and organized this group that performed locally around Suva. Ta’arei has Kiribati and Fijian heritage from the Islands of Lau, and she is knowledgeable in Kiribati dance and other Polynesian dance forms from around the region. After joining VOU in 2014 Ta’arei has developed a passion and a skill of choreography and is one of very few female choreographers in the country. Some of her work includes ‘The Veiqia Project’ that was a research and dance work about the now extinct traditional art of the Fijian female tattoo, and various other short works she has made on the company that has been performed locally.
Ta’arei choreographed a piece about the Fijian art of Masi making and what masi symbolises in Fijian life, from birth, celebrations, marriage and death. This piece was showcased to represent Fijian contemporary dance at the Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam and was toured around Europe to France and the UK. Ta’arei has travelled the world as a performer and recently managed a group of 6 dancers to perform in Shanghai in 2017. Ta’arei is the head choreographer and technique instructor for our Suva based VOU dancers and she strives to bring out the best of young Fijians natural physicality

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