Monday, September 02, 2013

In Latu's shadow

Apologies for the lack of posts over the last few days. I've been sharing the pain of Paul Janman and the 'Atenisi performing arts troupe as they try, again and again, to embark on a tour of America timed to coincide with the showing of Paul's Tongan Ark at stateside film festivals. Because the American Empire doesn't deign to run an embassy in Nuku'alofa Paul and the boys have to fly to Fiji to get their visas approved before heading on to Los Angeles.

Alas, a series of spectacular tropical thunderstorms have stranded the dancers and singers of 'Atenisi at Fua'amotu airport in the eastern corner of Tongatapu. Skyler and I have been keeping them supplied with hamburgers and encouragement, and an emergency flight has been scheduled for this evening, by which time Latu, the Polynesian storm god, will hopefully have ceased his depredations.

Here's a link to a trailer for Paul's latest film project, which has the ominous name Five Ways of Ceasing to Exist.


Blogger Richard said...

THat clip is good. There is something "renewing" about hearing Futa Helu and Heraclitus (and seeing the students who seem so upbeat but quite unconcerned about any (or too much self or other judgement). The theory of "fire" was not quite war, but a kind of energizing force (I suppose).

All the best for the troupe and Paul and all over there and in Los Angeles.

10:54 pm  

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