Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Redefining Practice | Oceanic Currents: Indigenous Pacific Islander Movement Artists


An image of many speakers sitting around a table in conversation and smiling. White text overlaid at the top of the image reads 'Redefining Practice, October 6 - November 3, 2021' A white Dance/NYC logo rests in the bottom right corner.

Event photo credit: Speakers at Dance/NYC's 2019 Diálogos: Arts, Social Justice, and Latinx Cultures Town Hall. Photo by Yijing Hong.

When: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: YouTube Live 
Registration: This event has already occurred. Continue on for event details, post-event survey, and session resources.


ASL logo  ASL interpretation provided by SignNexus
Closed Captioning logo    Closed captioning provided the Viscardi Center.

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About the Event
Redefining Practice | Oceanic Currents: Indigenous Pacific Islander Movement Artists

Weaving together womanist, queer/trans, and progressive Indigenous Pacific movement artists in New York City and the diaspora, this gathering seeks to strengthen internal and external community ties, and further Native dance futures.

Intersectional Pacific Islander choreographers and dancers, cultural practitioners and critics, artists and activists, will engage in conversation about the multiple current and historical challenges facing Oceanian movement makers and their larger creative communities. Through talk story and sharings of their movement practices, the moderators, presenters, and discussants will share aspects of their solo and collaborative artistry, and discuss how to create shared spaces of joy, innovation, mutual support, and resistance.

Surviving the economic and health challenges of disproportionate impacts of a multi-year coronavirus pandemic, ongoing and intensified intersectional violence and oppression, environmental assaults and challenges to Native sovereignty, and colonial conservative settler political systems, Indigenous Pacific movement artists remain resilient, mobile, and active continuers of sovereign movements.

Co-organized and co-moderated by Anthony Aiu and Kaina Quenga, Choreographers/Dancers and Co-Directors of Te Ao Mana. Curated and co-organized by Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, Multimedia Artist, Editor, Educator, and Activist/Organizer.

About the Series
As the landscape for dance as professional practice, living ritual and technical production continues to evolve, Redefining Practice explores how artists and institutions are adapting, unlearning and innovating new ways of being in creation––and the many phases that creation takes––to prioritise new learnings in racial justice, physical/emotional safety, and community care.


Confirmed participants - Click participant names to access their bios:


Anthony is standing at a diagonal with his right side closer to the viewer. He is wearing a light blue tshirt with arms folded.

Anthony Aiu, Choreographer/Dancer and Co-Director of Te Ao Mana

Native Hawaiian/Chamorro with red lipstick on smiling, hair is in a high bun with a green leaf fringe attached and wearing a she

Kaina Quenga, Choreographer/Dancer and Co-Director of Te Ao Mana

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán Headshot

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, Multimedia Artist, Editor, Educator, and Activist/Organizer


Carol wearing flower lei (garland) & glasses. Photo by Leah Alverson.

Carol Noelani Lau, Cultural Practitioner/Advocate & Co-Organizer of Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima o Nuioka

Happy smiling cis-woman with dark curly hair, light-skin, and of mixed heritage.

Pele Bauch, Interdisciplinary Choreographer & Dance Dramaturg

Lehuanani is dancing hula with a group of people on Mauna Kea. She is standing profile and has both arms bent at the elbows

Lehuanani DeFranco, Dancer/Choreographer & Indigenous/Environmental Rights Activist

Dakota sits in a crouched pose on a fell tree looking directly into the camera with a relaxed and focus expression. Dakota wears

Dakota Camacho, Artist/Researcher and Co-Founder/Creative Director of Gi Matan Guma'

Dialogue Participants/Discussants

photo of Leiana San Agustin Naholowaʻa wearing a t-shirt, necklace, and hair pulled back

Leiana San Agustin Naholowaʻa, Writer, Editor, & Filmmaker

Image of Noʻu, a native Hawaiian person with straight dark hair. She is wearing a yellow tank and has her hand on her chest.

No‘u Revilla, ‘Ōiwi queer poet, performer & educator based in Hawaiʻi nei

Session Resources

Coming soon

Dance/NYC convening is made possible, in part, by support from the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts and from the National Endowment for the Arts.



Dance/NYC seeks partners and speakers with a variety of viewpoints for its events with the goal of generating discussion. The inclusion of any partner or speaker does not constitute an endorsement by Dance/NYC of that partner's or speaker's views.


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