THE Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies will stage its latest production, Life, next month.
And artistic director for the centre Peter Espiritu explains the show promises to be a “dance concert” celebrating his first year of leadership there.
Mr Espiritu said Life was a continuation in the same consciousness of his previous shows at the centre that included Vaka: Birth of a Seer, Drua and the first production he assisted with Prof Vilsoni Hereniko’s Fine Dancing.
“The show is a kind of a coming out party in a pure dance form,” he said.
Mr Espiritu said local audiences could expect to see local influences in the production.
“This production was heavily influenced by Suva itself.
“If you think local not necessarily Fijian as much as the culture that is prevalent here and I’m commenting as an outsider who has come here,” he said.
He said he saw commonalities as well as differences between Fiji and Hawaii where he is originally from.
“The biggest element we came up with was water because obviously Suva is always rainy, there’s always that water element, we’re surrounded by water and I think that element really came to the forefront.”
The show’s gala opening will be held on October 24 at the Japan-ICT centre with more public shows in the following three days.