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Vita von Aloalii Naughton Tapu

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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):

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)