USP student successfully completes Hollywood Immersive Programme
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Jedidah Mosese in action
A first-year Law student of The University of the South Pacific (USP) has successfully completed the world- renowned Hollywood Immersive Programme.
Twenty-year-old Jedidiah Christopher Taylor Mosese was the second Fijian and Pacific Islander to be accepted into the inaugural Hollywood Immersive Dance Programme.
This is the second time a member of USP’s Oceania Dance Theatre was invited to Hollywood Immersive; the first was Ateca Halamehi Ravuvu, who since has started her own dance company.
Mr Mosese acknowledged USP for the support.
“I would not have had this fantastic experience without the unwavering support from the Dean of the Faulty of Arts, Law and Education, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, the Department of Culture and Heritage (Fiji) and the friends and family of USP’s Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture & Pacific Studies,” he noted.
Mr Mosese left the country on the 23rd of July 2016 for a one week course, representing Fiji and the Pacific, which was held in Hollywood.
The week-long workshop covered the basis of hip-hop and contemporary movement and conducted by celebrity choreographers (Matt Stephanina, Dana Alexa, Bam Bam Thopmos and Nicole Kirk).
They had three (3) classes a day and this covered majority of the advanced movement.
At the end of the workshop, there was a showcase that welcomed talent scouts, dance company directors, and celebrity choreographers.
The showcase was organised to attract talent scouts in assisting applicants of the dance immersive with a career in the Hollywood dancing industry.
Mr Mosese was privileged to have been chosen out of the ten (10) applicants to display a solo piece.
He performed a piece titled ‘The Tsunami Bird’ choreographed by the outreach programme and coordinated by Alan Alo, USP’s Pacific Outreach Programme for Polynesia (POPP) Coordinator.
This piece depicted the story of how tsunami birds acted as an alarm, warning the people of tsunamis and also portrayed the story line of how the birds failed to warn the people and how they watched as the tsunami approached the land.
The display of this piece stirred interest in the hearts and minds of those present at the showcase. They were in awe with the concept and the various Pacific-inspired movement.
After the showcase Mr Mosese was approached by Mr Liam Burke a choreographer who taught at the California University under the dance programme. Mr Burke is currently assisting Mr Mosese with his application to the California University for the dance programme.
The final day of the workshop was devoted to a video shoot which highlighted movement that was learnt within the week.
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