..a proliferation of striking, unforgettable images, nothing short of epic....

- The Scotsman, Edinburgh

In a nutshell:
New Zealand artists at their peak / Extraordinary lighting / Original and astounding images

Powerful, immersive and visionary,  I AM is the latest internationally-acclaimed creation from MAU and the brilliant artistic mind of Samoan-New Zealand director, Lemi Ponifasio, exploring the legacy of WWI and the wave of impact the conflict had around the world.

Hypnotic and spectacularly lit by Helen Todd, I AM questions our humanity, faith and redemption. Colin McCahon's expressive painting Victory over death 2 (1970) is inspiration for the work. Frighteningly beautiful projections loom large behind the performers.

Ponifasio's unbending directorial conviction and distinctive aesthetic make MAU one of the world's most innovative visual-theatre companies. Garnering accolades from audiences and critics in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and the Pacific, MAU's trademark, genre-defying performances challenge what it means to be human.

I AM comes to the Auckland  Arts Festival after its world premiere at the Festival d'Avignon and seasons at the Edinburgh International Festival and Germany's Ruhrtriennale.

Year Level: 11-13
Subjects: Dance, performing arts.

Resource: Interview with Lemi Ponifasio


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With generous support from the First World War Centenary WW100 through the Creative New Zealand WW100 Co-Commissioning Fund

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