Moana Makers Wiki20 Jul, 8.00PM

Moana Makers Wiki: Ballroom Chanting with Manuha’apai Vaeatangitau

Show Info

Ballroom Chanting requires quick wit, rhythm and a boombastic voice. In this workshop with Manuha’apai Vaeatangitau, we will explore all these and have a kata and a lil jam on the way.

To participate in this workshop, fill out this EOI form. We will contact you via phone/email by Thursday, 11th July to let you know the outcome of your EOI.

Moana Makers Wiki

Bought to you by Basement Theatre, ‘Moana Makers Wiki’ is a precious offering for Māori, Pasifika & MVPFAFF+ communities to share space with Māori & Pasifika craft makers, performers and activators for a week of intimate workshops that platforms Indigenous knowledge sharing and creation, community building and unapologetic self-expression. Manifested with intentions of fostering more creative havens for Māori & Pasifika artists and our wider communities, this is a week that we warmly welcome you all to join. Supported by the Waitematā Local Board.

Manuha’apai Vaeatangitau (Lapaha, ‘Utulau, Tongatapu) (they/them/she) @_petrossianbeluga

An interdisciplinary artist, often engages with themes of eroticism and critical fabulation in her work, seeking to reassert queer Pacific identities into social and cultural contexts. With roots in the Auckland Ballroom scene, serving as a Ballroom MC and facilitator since 2017, community is instrumental in her practice. Representing the bodies and voices of the queer Pacific sits at the fore of her artistic explorations. Having garnered early recognition as the 2019 Creative New Zealand and Massey University Arts and Creativity category winner at the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards, Vaeatangitau’s work has since been exhibited throughout Auckland and Wellington. Following her solo exhibition, “Tupu’anga o Leitī,” at Moana Fresh Kū Kahiko Gallery in 2021 and her shared installation in collaboration with Sione Monū, “Kindred: A Leitī Chronicle'' at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki in 2022, Vaeatangitau was named the 2023 recipient of the Aniva Arts Residency. Her second solo exhibition, “Koe Tau’atāina o e Leitī: The Freedom/Emancipation of the Leitī '', the cumulation of her time for the Aniva Arts Residency exhibited at Pātaka Art + Museum. As a screenwriter/reluctant performer for TV and film, she plays the role of Pua and is a contributing writer to the second season of NEON/Prime TV Show “Not Even.” Collaborations with celebrated artists’ Sione Monū and Coco Solid, being a member of Coco’s Solid’s Rupture 2024 creative team, cultivates Vaeatangitau’s reputation as an exciting critical thinker and creator.