The silent performance video work entitled "Siva in motion" (2012) by performance artist Yuki Kihara is an extension of Kihara’s recent solo dance performance and video work entitled "Taualuga: the last dance" (2005).
"Siva in motion" explores the ancient Samoan dance form of taualuga as choreography, with Kihara dressed in the guise of a demure Samoan woman in Victorian mourning dress. This choreography describes the movements of the tsunami in September 2009, which took the lives of more than 189 people in American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga, and is physically in conversation with the sequential analysis of photographic fracturing of time, which references 19th century Western Futurist photographers.
While Futurist photographers such as Felix-Louis Regnault, Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey used photography as a tool for the analysis of dynamic motion, "Siva in motion" instead looks back into history to reveal the wisdom of Indigenous belief systems.
"Siva in motion":
Concept leader, performer & director: Yuki Kihara
DOP & Camera: Rebecca Swan
Creative Producer & Editor: Kirsty MacDonald
Hair & Wardrobe assistance: Lindah Lepou and Louina Fifita-Fa'apo.
"Making Siva in Motion":
Director, Camera, Animations, Editor: Kirsty MacDonald
With the participation of Dr. Erika Wolf - Department of History & Art History, University of Otago
“Siva in motion” was commissioned by the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand.
Kihara would like to thank Mangere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, New Zealand for the use of their studio venue.