Alofagia: Le Opera is a multisensory experience, featuring the powerful operatic voices of tenor brothers, Pene and Amitai Pati, and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay – better known as Sol3 Mio. The trio will premiere a new composition by Poulima Salima, with guest artists and local community members, as part of Nathan Homestead's Summer Theatre in the Gardens.
Directed by Anapela Polata’ivao and choreographed by Tupua Tigafua, Alofagia: Le Opera is a mesmerising, new Pacific opera. Weaving ancient Polynesian sounds and echoing a time when gods governed the sea, sky, air and fire, this Samoan opera is a rhythmic composition of tatau/malu* expressed through song and movement.
Summer Theatre in the Gardens is an annual, outdoor theatre event produced by TAPA (Tautua Aiga of Performance Arts) in association with Nathan Homestead, which celebrates the rich talent of South Auckland. The historic Nathan Homestead and surrounding gardens make for a beautiful night out under the stars.
Proudly brought to you by Auckland Council as part of the Pacific Arts Programme, and Nathan Homestead, a community arts facility supported by the Manurewa Local Board.
*Tatau - Samoan word for tattoo. Malu – Samoan word for a female-specific tattoo of cultural significance. According to Samoan scholar Albert Wendt and tattooist Su'a Suluape Paulo II, in tattooing, the term malu refers to notions of sheltering and protection.
Seating options are available including chairs, bench seating and beanbags. You do not need to bring your own seat. Tickets are general admission and there is wheelchair access. Please call Nathan Homestead if you need seating assistance on (09)2670180.
You are welcome to bring a soft cushion or blanket and please dress appropriately for the weather as this is an outdoor event. No food is allowed in the performance area please.