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Event Culture Moves! Dance Conference
Date(s) Tuesday 9th November 2004
Wednesday 10th November 2004
Thursday 11th November 2004
Friday 12th November 2004
Organiser Center for Pacific Islands Studies
"Culture Moves! Dance in Oceania from Hiva to Hip Hop," will be held 9-12 November 2005 at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, New Zealand. Dr Epeli HAU'OFA, founding director of the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, and Dr Adrienne KAEPPLER, dance ethnologist, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, will be the conference keynote speakers.

The gathering will encompass traditional, contemporary, and hip-hop dance and include three nights and one day of performances by professional, high school, and community groups, as well as individuals. During the day, there will be discussion sessions on the history, choreography, music, contexts, politics, and documenting of dance in Oceania, as well as performance workshops. The Pacific collection at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa will host a costume exhibition.

The conference sponsors are the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Pacific Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The conveners are Katerina TEAIWA, April HENDERSON, and Sean MALLON. For general enquiries, please contact Teaiwa at or Henderson at For enquiries on documenting the dance and the associated exhibition, contact Mallon at The convenors are soliciting submissions for the performances, as well as registration of interest by those planning to attend. Information on the conference, submission instructions, and a pre-registration form will be posted at by the end of October 2004.

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