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Latai Taumoepeau

Presented in Season 1 2021

Commissioned by Arts House as part of Refuge 2021

Sun 16 May, 3pm


Duration: 45 minutes

Flagstaff Gardens
Meeting point: Centre of the park

By booking tickets to this event you are registering to participate.

Suitable for all ages. Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

For Blaktix – email Kalyani.Mumtaz


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Wheelchair accessible

Auslan interpreted

Download Access Guide – PDF Version | Word Version

This is a participatory outdoor event taking place on grass and will occur in most weather conditions. Participants will be distanced. Auslan interpreters are available on the day. The event will involve loud drumming. You are welcome to come and go at any time – quiet areas of the park are available.

If you are blind or low vision and require meet and assist from transport hubs or taxi drop off points, please contact us by Friday 14 May to arrange (03) 9322 3720; text 0447 570 178; or email artshouse@melbourne.vic.gov.au

FOLAU: The Arrival is the culminating moment of Latai Taumoepeau’s MASS MOVEMENT, a poetic pilgrimage tracing our waterways.

An orchestrated movement of drumming and percussive dance, FOLAU responds to the injustice of forced relocation, inspired by the majestic currents and waves of Oceania.

Join 100 bodies in an urgent semaphore action at Flagstaff Gardens accompanied by F7 Vaerua Kaara (Soul Drummers) in amplification of the climate emergency.

To learn the body percussion movement prior to attending watch the video below, or learn on the day.
This video has an Auslan introduction, closed captions, audio instructions and has been made in consultation with people with disabilities. 

“MASS MOVEMENT is the work of Australian artist Latai Taumoepeau of Tongan lineage and heritage. Latai contemplates the reality of forced relocation of Pacific people from their submerging island nations. In an attempt to understand and prepare for the complexities around environmental displacement.” – Latai Taumoepeau, 2021.


About Latai Taumoepeau

"The more ancient I am, the more contemporary my work is. I’m not doing anything new. When I do faivā, I perform space. When I do space, I do time - they are inseparable. When I faivā, I do form. When I do form, I also do content - they are inseparable. Faivā is the art of organising and performing social duties related to place, the body and environment - they are inseparable. I am an anti-disciplinary artist. Alive today." – Latai Taumoepeau

Artistic Credits

Lead Artist - Latai Taumoepeau; Creative Producer/Dramaturg - Jamie Lewis; Associate Producer - Eliki Reade; Performers - Latai Taumoepeau, Jamie Lewis, Seini Taumoepeau; Access Consultant – Janice Florence; Access Consultants / Performers - Prue Stevenson, Lauren Hayes, Elvin Lam, Janice Florence, Greg Muir; Musicians - F7 Soul Drummers Vaerua Kaara

Supported by – This project is supported by Besen Foundation. Arts House is a key program of the City of Melbourne, and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Image – by Justin Shoulder.