the contemporary pacific · 27:1 (2015) Nonahere Òri Tahiti: Pipiri M, by Patrick Araia Amaru, Edgar Tetahiotupa, and Matani Kainuku, 2012. In Tahitian and French. Papeete: Editions des Mers Australes. isbn: 978-2-905808-44-8; 46 pages, illustrations, audio cd, dvd. 30.00. During the 2011 national celebration of Heiva in French Polynesia--an annual festival of culture and patrimony well known for dance competitions often involving elaborate preparations, costuming, oratory, and musical performances--the Tahitian dance troupe Nonahere Òri Tahiti realized the legend of Pipiri m. A significant contribution to that year's Hura Tau (Senior Division) section of the Heiva competition, this performance has been captured in a combination book, cd, and dvd package. Collaboratively realized by prize-winning Tahitian literary author Patrick Amaru, Marquesan anthropologist Edgar Tetahiotupa, and Matani Kainuku, director of the dance troupe Nonahere, this collection offers audiences an extraordinary window into Tahitian culture through a key myth related to the constellation Scorpio while capturing a sense of the vital energy and possibility of multimedia art in the contemporary Pacific. In the legend of Pipiri m, Pipiri and Rehua (brother and sister) run away from home after being starved and neglected by their parents. They climb the tallest mountain, and, before
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jun 5, 2015
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