Aloalii Naughton Tapu
Aloalii is a freelance artist based in Otara, South Auckland, New
Zealand and is of Samoan descent. He is passionate about the character
development of young people in South Auckland and seeing their faith
grow in God. He holds a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts
majoring in Contemporary Dance from UNITEC, New Zealand. He has worked
with well acclaimed New Zealand artists such as Michael Parmenter,
Claire O’Neil, Sarah Foster-Sproull and Malia Johnston.
Throughout his career, Aloalii has developed a passion for
dance-theatre, experimental film, and improvised dance. In 2015, he
began developing his movement workshop Lofty. He recently worked with
Christoph Winkler in the production Golden Stars on Blue. Aloalii
premiered his solo work, Urban Soul Cafe under the direction of
Christoph Winkler in March 2016 in Ballhaus Ost, Berlin. He will to
return to Europe in 2017 to continue his career with Christoph Winkler
in Berlin, Germany; and Anton Lachky in Brussels, Belgium.
When he is not dancing, he is an academic coach and mentor at Pacific
Advance Senior School in South Auckland, New Zealand. He is passionate
about the young people of South Auckland. He is involved heavily in
their character development and education success. He aspires to be a
positive role model and artist that will inspire the young people of
South Auckland to be loving people in society."
In 2016, Aloalii Tapu was awarded the German FAUST prize in the category "Best Performer" for the solo "Urban Soul Café".
Interview to mark the occasion (in English & German): www.die-junge-buehne.de/de/artikel_lesen/182.html
Productions: Speak Boldly: The Julius Eastman Dance Project (2018), Routines – Good Kids Don’t Dance (2017), Urban Soul Café (2016), Studies on Post-Colonialism (2016), Dancing Like A White Guy (2016), Golden Stars on Blue (2015)