Highlighting Domestic Violence through theatre
July 13, 2017 5:13 am
A stage play on domestic violence produced by Fiji born, New Zealander Nina Nawalowalo will open to the public next week.
Titled ‘Stages of Change’, the play with a cast of twelve Fijians will feature the ripple effects of domestic violence on women, their community and the country as a whole.
“It’s, I think because it’s such a taboo subject, it’s not about telling people what to do so what we’ve done is very much created a choreography with pictures and images and it very much focuses on the Fijian women, the Mothers, the children, the Grandmothers, so I’ve got 12 wonderful women looking at all the different faces of Fiji. ”
Nawalowalo wants to initiate more discussion on the issue using a non-confrontational platform.
“I’ve got moments that are with shadow play which looks like your looking into a village, I’ve got bits that are choreographed that are more explosive and looking at movements of violence and then we’ve got traditional images which actually highlight the beauty and the epicness of Fijian women.”
Through the Valuing Voices project, the production will open on the 22nd of July at the University of the South Pacific.