Ufitia Sagapolutele has a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the Manukau Institute of Technology and a Master of Dance Studies from University of Auckland. She is now the Auckland project coordinator for Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) and has also worked with Pacific Dance New Zealand through TAUTAI.

Born and raised from Manurewa, South Auckland, Ufitia knew she wanted to pursue a career in the Arts. Ufitia started off as a hip-hop dancer and was a part of the gold medalist dance company - The Royal Family (2012), and silver medalists - Identity Dance Company (2014 & 2015). After completing her studies Ufitia was inspired by her late Mother (who was known for her passion in Siva Samoa) to pursue a choreographic career interweaving hip-hop, contemporary and Siva Samoa.

21 FEB, 8.30-9PM 

22- 24 FEB, 12-12.30PM/3.30-4PM/8.30-9PM

AVE is a dance work about six Samoan women, exploring ideologies around colonisation, cultural belonging,

and the challenges they face on their search for identity. Six personal stories are explored through elements of Siva Samoa, hip-hop, contemporary dance, spoken word complimented with live drumming.

Director: Ufitia Sagapolutele

Dancers: Chas Samoa, Faith Schuster, Jonique Purcell, Lyncia Muller, Natalia Ioane, Semira Mariner

Drummers: Ankaramy Fepuleai, Jireh Lalotoa-Peniata

Wellington City Council Public Art Fund



New Zealand 

>|< a new work by Sagapolutele for three dancers that draws on a pattern used in 'malu' the Samoan female tattoo traditions. Performed in the NZ Portrait Gallery for just a few performances , this stunning dance is about female forms of divinity , and their place as the original navigators and tattooists. 

Wellington City Council Public Art Fund


21 FEB 7.30- 8PM
22 FEB - 24 FEB 2-2.30PM

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