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Latai Taumoepeau

Presented in Season 1 2021

Commissioned by Arts House as part of Refuge 2021



Duration: 32 minutes

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Suitable for all ages


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Wheelchair accessible

Download Audio Pilgrimage Transcript – WORD Version.


Latai, descendant of celestial navigator Taumoepeau will lead you in a poetic movement to embody and adhere to Country.

MASS MOVEMENT is an experience of multiple parts engaging in the socio-relational space of departure, arrival, and reception in the urgent face of forced relocation.

As your own vaka/vessel make your way through a self-guided audio pilgrimage of deep adaptation that traverses the waterways from Naarm to Birrarung and all the way to Flagstaff Gardens.

Following the coordinates of saltwater, freshwater and civic water, the works invite contemplation and visceral interactions about the humanitarian disaster of displacement, culminating in FOLAU, a mass choreography of 100 bodies amplifying a climate emergency distress call from the Pacific Island Nations of Oceania.

“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; Arts House Creative Producer - Sarah Rowbottam; Sound Designer/Composer/Editor - Nina Buchanan; Sound Selector/Mixer - Lucreccia Quintanilla; Cultural Consultants - Rev. Dr Jione Havea, Janice Florence, Sisi'uno Helu; Drummers - F7 Vaerua Kaara; Zine Designer - Jacob Tolo; Access Consultants / Performers - Prue Stevenson, Lauren Hayes, Elvin Lam, Janice Florence, Greg Muir

Supported by – Besen Foundation and Hobsons Bay Creative City. Special thanks to Williamstown Swimming & Life Saving Club. Arts House is a key program of the City of Melbourne, and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Image – by Teresa Tan.