Kalaga Atu is a journey across Oceania that transcends time, space and place, calling ancestral wisdom into the lives of five siblings. Each sibling questions their relationship to the bodies they inhabit, the spirits who guide them, and the sand, soil and salt that they love.
Kalaga Atu, meaning ‘to call’ in the Tokelauan language, is an immersive performance experience. Directed and written by Tokelauan Fijian storyteller Emele Ugavule, worlds are woven together through an original composition by Papua New Guinea-born soul singer Ngaiire and choreography by Sāmoan dance artist Xavier Breed, calling upon kinship ties between the people of the Great Ocean.
This ticketed event includes an after-hours viewing of the unmissable exhibitions Matisse: Life & Spirit, Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris and Matisse Alive. Wander through the galleries to see the images French artist Henri Matisse created that were inspired by his visit to the South Pacific, along with the art of contemporary Pacific artists Angela Tiatia and Robin White with Ebonie Fifita, followed by the mesmerising performance, Kalaga Atu.
Cast and crew
Writer and director: Emele Ugavule
Music composition: Ngaiire
Choreographer: Xavier Breed
Performers: Luke Currie-Richardson, Malia Letoafa, Tommy Misa, Jessica Paraha, Emele Ugavule and Nukunonu Te Tuloto o Tokelau Sydney
Lighting designer: Amber Silk
Producers: Emele Ugavule and Clare Willcox
AV production: Lila Neiswanger
Costume makers: Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts
Community consultants: Lesina Ateli-Ugavule and Saimoni Ratukadreu
Creative attachments: Sarah Carroll and Gabriel Faatau’uu-Satiu
Photography: Teniola Komolafe
Kalaga Atu A world premiere production
20, 21 and 22 January 2022
Duration 1 hour, 45 minutes
Art Gallery of NSW
Art Gallery of New South Wales support partner