Rotumans perform at Pacific Dance Festival

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An international Rotuman dance troupe is preparing to debut in New Zealand with a performance on the reawakening of culture and identity among women.

The troupe, Rako Pasefika, has been working for at least five years on their show, ‘Cloaks of Protection’.

Spokesperson Samuela Taukave said the group utilised a contemporary island dance style.

As well as the need to protect such things as the land and oceans, he said it also explored what might happen if cultural elements were not properly cared for.

“It is uniquely Fijian and Rotuman, traditional and contemporary, because Rotuma is under the list of endangered cultures by the United Nations, so it is all the more special to us to be able to bring it over for the festival.”

The team is due to arrive in Auckland this weekend for their performance at the Pacific Dance Festival next week .


SOURCE: RADIO NZ

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