Performed as part of On Edge, Cairns Australia and Planet IndigenUS, Toronto Canada 2012.

Australian dance-theatre company Polytoxic returns to Planet IndigenUs with a striking new performance on the outdoor pond at the Harbourfront Centre. Atop the water, Trade Winds melds stunning projections, bold costuming and intricate physical performance as two women navigate and negotiate their way across the vast watery surface.

The Pacific was the first ocean to be explored and settled, and its history is filled with stories of voyages, meetings, and exchanges between different cultures. Trade Winds re-imagines these exchanges both past and present, in a technicolour world where the traditions of the Pacific collide with the trappings of pop culture.

Floating amongst the water are tiny boats carrying messages from near and afar. And just as the early Europeans traded beads for coconuts, Trade Winds invites audiences to contribute their own message and set a boat afloat.

Created and performed by POLYTOXIC.
Artwork by SAMUEL TUPOU
Animation by PETE FOLEY

About the artists:
Polytoxic is based in Brisbane, Australia, and creates work inspired by the traditions of the Pacific, the guts of physical performance and the crimes of pop-culture. Samuel Tupou is one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary Pacific visual artists whose artwork sets traditional Tongan Tapa patterns against the stylized images and wildly artificial colours of western pop culture. Pete Foley is an animator, illustrator and motion designer, whose distinct point of view holds references to Art Deco, minimalism, mythology and video game culture.

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