THE Oceania Dance Theatre hopes to raise $5000 from the theatrical dance performance LIFE to assist the day-to-day running of the Harlen Hostel of the Gospel School for the Deaf in Samabula.
The Oceania Dance Theatre staged a special matinee of LIFE for students of the hostel and the Hilton Special School on Tuesday before its gala world premier on Wednesday night.
Last night, was the first of three public performances at the Japan-Pacific ICT Theatre.
"We want to help these children," said LIFE creator Peter Rockford Espiritu.
"Running a hostel is not easy or cheap, so we hope that through arts we can at least not only touch hearts with LIFE but also help the community by assisting with the day to day running of the hostel."
Money raised from the gala premier and the three public shows will be given to the hostel.
Mr Espiritu said they were looking forward to the public's reaction to LIFE, adding that tickets for tonight and tomorrow were quickly selling out.
"This is a performance that people need to see to believe.
"It is a moving story but one that people can relate to because it's about everyday events — all performed through dance."