GAFA A FAMILY CALLED SAMOA
A layered Art Experience
Celebrating Samoa's 50th independence celebrations thru the Arts.
SPEAK. SING. SEE.SWAY.STRUT.
Online PR News – 30-August-2012 – LONDON UK – Samoa’s Un-sung feat of Olympic proportions
While London prepares to welcome more international Olympic competitors for the Paralympics, another group of internationals, this time artists, converge to create an event equal in drama, suspense and victory to the London games.
‘Gafa A Family called Samoa’ is a layered art experience based on history & legend and comes to life through spoken word, film, music , movement. & installation.
'We have come together as a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary group of London based artists to collaborate & to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the independent state of Samoa' Says Samoan Creative Director & Opera Singer Sani Muliaumaseali'i. (Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Montreal Symphony Orchestra) ‘The tales presented in Gafa take their inspiration from acts of Heroism, some long forgotten, of the Mau a Pule independence movement of the early 20th century’
Celebrated NZ author Stella Duffy who is writing & performing for GAFA, describes the layered art experience as ‘One that offers both truth and entertainment, but also heart and warmth in a London autumn’ Duffy is also 'excited to be working in several art forms at once'
New Zealand born Rosanna Raymond an Arts Innovator with Samoan heritage says ‘I want people to realise that Samoa is a dynamic living culture that engages with the world through its people’ Raymond also a published writer & whose art works are held in museums around the world, is exhibiting her aesthetic appeal in this unique collaboration.
In his filmic trilogy 'Odyssey: I alo' NZ/Samoan Film Maker Paul Yandall is ‘Bringing the human tale of a search for identity via Gafa to the heart
of London' & ensuring that Gafa stays in tune are Opera singers Samoan Aivale Cole Australian Louise Callinan alongside the Kensington singers & Local songstress Jodie Michaels.
GAFA A family called Samoa is a one night only affair, on Thursday 27th September 2012 at Testbed1, 33 Parkgate Rd, Battersea SW11 4NP. Show starts at 7.30pm and the cost of a ticket is £12/£10 available from the website www.gafasamoa.com