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Tupe Lualua

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Tupe Lualua
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A graduate of Whitireia NZ and Victoria University, Tupe Lualua is a practitioner of Pacific dance and theatre.  As a dancer, she has toured through Europe, Asia and the United States performing at International Festivals as a student and graduate of Whitireia Performing Arts, where she later became the Siva Samoa tutor on the Bachelor of Applied Arts.  Tupe founded the Le Moana dance company in 2012, creating their first work Fatu Na Totō for the Wellington Fringe Festival 2013, the sold out season was named 'pick of the fringe" and then remounted for the Tempo New Zealand dance festival which also sold out.  In 2014, Tupe founded the annual Measina Festival in Wellington.'1918' by Le Moana premiered in Wellington in 2015 and then toured to Auckland, Hamilton, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in 2016.  The US premiere of '1918; at the San Diego International Fringe Festival saw Le Moana awarded with the 'critics' choice' and 'top box office' awards.  In 2017, Le Moana presented 'Purple Onion' in the Kia Mau festival and 'Aumaga' in the Pacific Dance festival, both shows receiving rave reviews.    In 2017, she directed the stage production Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street by Patricia Grace, featuring the students of Cannons Creek Primary school.    Tupe has recently returned from the centennial tour of her award winning show '1918' to Sāmoa and the United States and is producing the works of Auckland based choreographer and highly accomplished dancer Tupua Tigafua. 

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