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Dance of culture

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

THE VOU dance group will tonight put on their first ever full-length performance at the Civic Centre in Suva.

The performance, Mataqali Drift, will feature dancers and performers from all walks of life who are channelling their passions for theatrical expression into their performances.

One such performer who is excited about tonight's show is Rusiate Rokilibau from Naitasiri.

Rokilibau said all it took for him to get off the streets was to turn up to an audition at VOU.

"I have spent time on the streets as a gone sisi, it was fun and exciting getting up to mischief. But there comes a time when you need to look at your life and see where you are going," the young dancer said.

"Now I am a professional dancer. It has turned my life around and now I am able to support my three younger siblings who go to school."

As part of the preparation for their performance tonight, members of the group were tasked with a small research project — to find their own cultural roots and realise their significance.

The performance is expected to be an exciting one and will begin tonight at 7pm. Tickets cost $5.