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CPA ORCHESTRA (Michael Bain conductor)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite
Joseph Haydn: Oxford Symphony
Lola Austin (piano) -- Frederic Chopin: Polonaise No.1
JAZZ SONGS - Luma Patea & Dan Tiraha (keyboard)
ARGENTINE TANGO - Alex White & Viva Latina
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Family tree: Nina Nawalowalo looks back at
her family history in Masi. Photo: PHILIP MERRY
Checkmate: Noa and Mary Nawalowalo, who
are the inspiration for Masi. Photo: ANS WESTRA
By REBECCA THOMSON
Weaving a love story
A 1950s story of cross-cultural love is to be
told through Fijian chant, dance and
pictures by one of New Zealand's leading
Masi tells the story of director Nina
Nawalowalo's parents -- a Fijian chief and
an English nurse who met in Wellington
and were photographed playing chess by
Masi is produced by Wellington-based
Pacific Island theatre company The Conch
and premieres at Soundings Theatre on
March 2 as part of the New Zealand Inter-
national Arts Festival.
Nawalowalo said the play weaved
together the meaning of the masi, or Fijian
tapa cloth, with the remarkable story of her
My parents met at the Wellington Chess
Club in the 1950s. Mum was flatting with
Ans Westra at the time and Ans would
often take photos when my dad courted my
mum. There are all these wonderful black
and white photos of them,'' said
The story told in Masi had been drawn
from photographs rather than first-hand
conversations with her parents, said
My mother is very frail. She doesn't
speak any more. My story is based on mem-
ory and Ans' images.
Masi is a visual thing and through masi-
making I was able to explore the past.''
She has brought British illusionist Paul
Kieve on board to help blend the music,
dance, masi-making and imagery in Masi.
Kieve has consulted for
stage and screen, and his
credits include Harry Potter
and the Prisoner of Azkaban
and Martin Scorsese's Oscar-
winning film Hugo.
They met in London in the
1990s while Nawalowalo was studying
mime, which she became interested in
through Robert Bennett and his company,
In 2008 I went back to London with [my
first play] Vula. I invited Paul to look at the
show to see stylistically what we did. He
said he loved it and committed to Masi.''
Nawalowalo and Kieve travelled to Fiji to
research masi-making and to hold audi-
tions for Fijian meke dancers to play
warriors in the production.
Fijian warriors would perform meke (war
dances) and a masi-maker would also be on
stage, said Nawalowalo.
Having a masi-maker on stage is one of
the magic elements. The masi design is
really to enable us to tell the story.
The Fijian warriors
are wonderful. They
play the spirit of my
It's very much to do
with my father, who
passed away, and my
mother's journey with
She was proud to
bring her parents' story
to life, she said.
With all the ele-
ments of the Fijian cul-
ture and Ans' images
and Gareth Farr's
beautiful score, it will
be something special.''
being part of the arts
festival was also a won-
We get to sit along-
side all these world-
class performers. Also
having a showcase with
all the buyers that
come gives me a spring-
board for taking it over-
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