Minoi fuses a traditional Samoan dance style known as Fa’ataupati (slap dance) and western contemporary dance as a means of exploring the idea of cultural identity issues, live singing and vocalisations.
“The Men’s shoulders and bare chests were oiled with sweat; and after their mighty exertions the ground seemed to crack open, making the world of spirit imminent. At such moments, geographic and cultural distances seemed to vanish.”
The Star-Ledger, New Jersey, 2010
The initial slow chant brings slow movements that become more dramatic with increased hand clapping and stamping. Their bodies pulsate and contort like movements of the heart