Performance from the Broadway in Fiji show at USP Laucala.
Performing artists of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS) put on a superb performance of Broadway in Fiji at the Laucala Campus on 13 April 2017.
More than 300 people attended the event at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre on Thursday night to witness a first for Fiji, which comprised a mixture of dance, song and arts by artists from Pasifika Voices and the Oceania Dance Theatre.
It was also attended by Honourable Douglas Sonnek, Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy; Mr Peter Espiritu, Artistic Director Oceania Dance Theatre; Mr Igelese Ete, Artistic Director Pasifika Voices, including representation from the Embassies of France, Kiribati, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and Spain.
The fabulous show was the culmination of hard work, sweat, sore muscles, perseverance and dedication by the artists to bring the audience a one-off evening of dance and music, featuring excerpts from Broadway musicals; Hamilton, West Side Story, A chorus Line, Oklahoma and many more Broadway favourites.
For the past two and half weeks, the artists have been working diligently with three (3) US-based creative artists who have been brought to Fiji by the Embassy of the United States, Mr Chris Olsen, JD Morabito and Mr Jeremy Lucas.
These professionals specialise in producing Broadway style productions and brought with them new skills, processes and technique forms in a genre’ never seen live in Fiji.
Dr Bruce Yeates, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) said the artists have not only been given a wonderful opportunity to benefit greatly from the workshop, but can now add Broadway to their repertoire of performing arts.
“This workshop will take the Oceania Centre to a new level and be a triple threat. We can dance, we can sing and now we can also act.
“The University’s Strategic Plan 2013 – 2018 is geared towards Excellence in Learning and Knowledge, to better serve the Pacific Region,” he remarked.
“As one of its objectives “Create inter-cultural dialogue and interaction to foster tolerance amongst its students and support the establishment of cross-cultural societies and activities. The University is therefore committed to transform itself; not just as a good university but an excellent one,” Dr Yeates added.
He stated that in today’s fiercely competitive environment of modern institutions and globalisation, a space is needed for free ranging imagination and creativity.
He noted that OCACPS is a space where people find common ground to interact and exchange ideas and ideologies.
“Dance and music can be a common identity that can help us; the Embassy of the United States and USP, coming together for the advancement of our collective interests, including the development and promotion of the arts, the artists and a contribution to the wellbeing of humanity. Of doing something not only worthwhile, but noble. This evening is proof of that,” Dr Yeates said.
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