Be prepared to learn about how women from across our region move. A high intensity 'Nesian' dance class designed for women to dance, laugh and learn. With movement drawn from different parts of the pacific, (Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia) this class focuses on developing strength and stamina.
Classes are taught by Julia Mageau from 'Sunameke Productions, '.
and is open to all levels of expertise.
"Our class is challenging in the best of ways... It moves your body, your mind, your heart and shifts the way you see yourself". - Julia
Gea | Season 6, 14 September - 11 October
focus - Uda Manuna
Learning a contemporary drum dance based in various PNG cultural movement. Centred around birds dancing and reflects the joy of women gathered together.
Four Classes A Week
The classes each week will be LIVESTREAMED here on sunameke.com.
The classes remain online for the week in case the scheduling doesn't suit.
Class will also be available for those that use Zoom.
Drop in classes will also be available for class participants.
Attending the Ori Tahiti Training Courses from 2009 to 2014 at the Conservatoire artistique de la Polynésie française Te Fare Upa Rau in Papeete, Tahiti was life changing in the best of ways.
Achieving level six was one of the most challenging dance journeys and learning under Mamie Louise Kimitete and the many 'mana' full women at Te Fare Upa Rau was an absolute honour and privilege. So thankful to have heard, seen and felt the passion for Tahitian culture. Today I share the strength in being a woman that I came to appreciate whilst learning Ori Tahiti.
About Uda Manuna
This dance begun its life in 1995 and was originally choreographed by Steven Kelly from the University of Papua New Guinea. Uda Manuna was composed and drummed by Drum Drum led by Airileke Ingram.
Uda Manuna depicts birds dancing and reflects the joy of women gathered together. The movement is based from different styles from Papua New Guinea and is a contemporary dance.
Over time it has developed and been restaged at numerous events and performances. Sunameke performed a new version of Uda Manuna for the stage production 'Faia' in 2005 at the Culture Moves Conference at Te Papa in 2005.
'Faia' Culture Moves Conference, 2005 Wellington New Zealand
Fai'a is about the relationship between the Sunameke dancers. Giving insight into the reasons that they continue to dance through adversity. Fai'a translated means directed fate. This piece was peformed for the Ausdance "I-Moves" season of 2005 and also at the "Culture Moves! Conference" in Wellington, New Zealand.
Pay for the course via PayPal or DD
Each season fee is NZD$65.
Payment for seasons will be due the Friday in the first week of each season.
Season Payment can be paid direct deposit to
New Zealand -
NAME: J M Gray
NAME: GRAY JULIA MAGEAU
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Check the sunameke livestream,
or join me via zoom on:
Tuesday, 10am - 11am
Thursday, 10am - 11am
Friday, 10am - 11am
Sunday, 10am - 11am
(NZ - GMT+12)
JULIA MAGE'AU GRAY
BORN 1973, PORT MORESBY, CENTRAL PROVINCE, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
LIVES AND WORKS IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Julia Mage'au Gray is a dancer, choreographer, skin marker (tattooist), photographer and film-maker who is interested in exploring her Papuan and Mekeo heritage within an urban Australian and New Zealand context. Her performances frequently combine dance with evocative video narratives. Now based in Auckland, Gray co- founded the performance group Sunameke in 1997. Dress or adornment, including the marking of the body with tatu (tattoo), is often of particular significance in her performances and films.