Music From The South Pacific
A true paradise on earth, the 118 islands of French Polynesia have always set every man and woman dreaming and have fascinated explorers, painters and writers alike with their legendary gentle way of life and breathtaking landscapes. Tahiti dances are performed to the rhythm of the pahu drums, and to the sound of the nose flute, called the vivo. These dances are accompanied by songs and a choir that support a solo singer. Choreographies evoke two major concerns of the past: war, expressed through the men’s wide and jerky movements, and love, interpreted by the women’s swaying and lascivious dancing. These beautiful dances officially disappeared with the Christianization of the islands but they resurfaced in the early 20th century. The costumes of the Tahiti artists remind us of the ocean and travelling. The women’s skirts are made out of straw, the tops are solely made out of coconut shells, and the men go bare torso; such costumes evoke the heat and exotic character of this ensemble. Tahiti Here Group has revived its ancestral traditions and proudly presents exhilarating rhythmic dances.