On the smallest of islands in the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, shiny, glittering fragments of plastic waste attract the eyes of frigatebirds. These tiny sky mirrors, deadly parcels of pollution which adorn the nests of unsuspecting sea birds, are a dreadful if ironic reminder of the fragile beauty of environmentally degraded, remote islands throughout the Pacific.
Inspired by the plight of the small islands of the Pacific, the choreographer Lemi Ponifasio asks questions about our role on the planet. At a time of urgent and anxious debates on global warming, Birds with Skymirrors is a reflection, through beauty and stillness, on our relationship with the Earth.
Lemi Ponifasio is a Samoan choreographer living in New Zealand. His company MAU is named after the Samoan independence movement - the word MAU means revolution.
Birds with Skymirrors was performed at the Edinburgh Playhouse. It is a co-production between Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Theater der Welt 2010 RUHR, spielzeit'europa I Berliner Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, KVS Brussels, Holland Festival, Mercat de les Flors, DeSingel Antwerp and New Zealand International Arts Festival.
Photo: Lemi Ponifasio / MAU