Property Partner: Wellington City Council
Feb 21-25 8.30pm
From the mind behind Rukahu (Best Theatre Solo Fringe 2015), We Built This City (with Adam Page), and also the guy who does Samuel L Jackson's Puppet in Puppet Fiction – comes a 45 minute poem on everyone's favourite subject; Pacific Imperialism.
Faovale Imperium looks to (with a slight tongue in cheek) use spoken word and poetry, along with a couple of candles and a costume, to recreate the sense of fun, adventure, and wonder of those first voyaging from the English Channel into the Pacific Currents. At the same time it looks to vocalise the often suppressed voices of the Pacific Nations, as the coming of the European powers lead to a suppression of Pacific Culture still being oppressed today.
Award Winning Stand-Up Comedian James Nokise has developed a cult following in the NZ Fringe over the past few years by purposefully experimenting with non-stand-up shows. These have included Puppetry, Sing A Long's, Solo Theatre, Social Discussions, and now Spoken Word / Poetry. This art form is not chosen at random, but pays homage to the Oratory Chiefs of Nokise's Samoan culture. Nokise's Fringe shows are always Koha as he looks to have audiences of all backgrounds, and grow his shows by encouraging feedback.
Skuxologist James Nokise – Thespian, Cultural Commentator, Guest Lecturer, occasional Joke teller – has composed a Poem of Captain Cook's voyage through the Pacific Region. He will humbly navigate the many Pacific cultures, as Cook himself did, as he looks at the spread of the Enlightenment ... to people who knew how to sail without compasses and live in ecologically sound structures.
Fouvale Imperium features original Poetry by Nokise, and guest works by several Pacific Artists.... performed also by Nokise. It's like the Disney film Moana... told by one guy, who doesn't look like The Rock, and doesn't appropriate Pacific Culture for environmentally unfriendly merchandise.