SHEL WE

Created by Tupua Tigafua
2016 - Current

Inspired by the works of renowned American writer Shel Silverstein, Shel We is an enchanting, playfully intriguing and visually stunning dance show created by Tupua Tigafua.  A highly accomplished dancer and choreographer who has had an illustrious career dancing for some of Aotearoa’s creative elite and one of the most ingenious storytellers of this generation.  

Image by Pati Solomona Tyrell

Shel Silverstein was a critically acclaimed writer who wrote books such as Where the sidewalk ends and The Giving Tree. As well as iconic ballads Sylvia's Mother for Doctor Hook and A boy named Sue for Johnny cash.   Shel’s off beat style and brilliant use of metaphorical imagery in his poetry and illustrations are what inspires Tupua’s choreography - ultimately delivering a tribute to his parents, his family and the environment that has inspired him over the years.  

“GRAVITY IS DEFIED, LITERALLY, EMOTIONALLY AND METAPHORICALLY"

Theatreview - Wellington

“SWAGGER, SIMPLICITY AND CAPTIVATING DANCE”

Theatreview - Manawatu

CIGGY BUTTS IN THE SAND

Created by Tupua Tigafua
Composer David Long
14th & 15th July 2021

The creative partnership of Tupua Tigafua and David Long will take the audience on a journey of childhood wonder, through to some hard-hitting truths. This work deals with the challenges of global warming, human consumption, and the detrimental effects these actions have in Aotearoa New Zealand and the wider Te Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Pacific region.

Image by Pati Solomona Tyrell

“The beauty of this work is that it is made for your imagination”

Theatreview Wellington

“Ciggy Butts in the Sand stands to shift perspectives and to ease us into a space of unity and hope"

Moana Ete

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