Powerful, immersive and visionary, I AM is the latest internationally acclaimed creation from MAUÂ and the brilliant artistic mind of Samoan-New Zealand director, Lemi Ponifasio. I AM questions our humanity, faith and redemption. Colin McCahon’s expressive painting victory over death 2 (1970) dominates the work. Frighteningly beautiful projections loom large behind the performers. I AM is hypnotic and spectacularly lit by Helen Todd.
Ponifasio’s unbending directorial conviction and distinctive aesthetic make MAU one of the world’s most innovative visual-theatre companies. Garnering accolades from audiences and critics in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and the Pacific, MAU’s trademark, genre-defying performances challenge our experience of theatre. IÂ AM comes to the Auckland Arts Festival after its world premiere at the Festival d’Avignon and seasons at the Edinburgh International Festival and Germany’s Ruhrtriennale and Santiago a Mil, Chile.
Co-produced by Auckland Arts Festival, Festival d’Avignon, Ruhrtriennale â€”InternationalÂ Festival of the Arts, the Edinburgh International Festival and Santiago a Mil InternationalÂ Theatre Festival.
Photograph: Christophe Raynaud de Lage
With generous support from the First World War Centenary WW100 through the Creative New Zealand WW100 Co-Commissioning Fund
6 MarchÂ â€“ 7 March
MauÂ directed byÂ Lemi Ponifasio
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