Ciggy Butts in the Sand
Award winning Pasifika choreographer Tupua Tigafua & composer David Long with producer Tupe Lualua.
‘Ciggy Butts in the Sand’ is Tupua’s genuine choreographic response to climate change through the eyes of a child. Through this provocative yet uplifting dance theatre work, Tupua expresses how everything in the natural and physical environment around a child is filled with wonder with its own life force. Until you grow older and realise how global warming, human consumption and a shift in the Earth’s temperature, rapidly change these objects in the natural environment which in most cases end up becoming ‘lifeless’.
This project wove together the wealth of knowledge and creative excellence that both Tupua Tigafua and David Long hold and have contributed to the arts industry in Aotearoa for many years.
Born and raised in Aotearoa, Tupua is of Samoan heritage whose parents originate from Safa’ato’a, Lefaga and Faleū, Manono. After years of dancing for Aotearoa’s top dance companies, Tupua Tigafua has embarked on a journey of creating innovative dance theatre works that appeal to people of all ages. David Long has had an illustrious career composing music for some of the world’s most iconic Artists such as our very own Sir Peter Jackson.
Tupua and David met through What if Climate Change was Purple? and they worked with scientist Natalia Bullon (also part of ‘What if Climate Change was Purple?’) in the early research phase of this work.
The development of Ciggy Butts in the Sand was supported with seed funding from ‘What if Climate Change was Purple?’