//074 Lusi Faiva, award-winning dancer

June 22, 2021

Lusi Faiva (Patamea, Savai’i Samoa) is an award-winning stage performer and dancer, who has been practicing for the last 25 years. Her heritage connects her to Patamea, Savaii Samoa. 

Her performance is mainly in the contemporary genre and contact improvisation,  but she also loves to interweave her Samoan culture through siva.

Lusi was born with cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair, however this hasn’t stopped her from achieving many accolades for her art, nor has it stopped her becoming a tutor on mixed dance with people of varying abilities. 

This episode is different from any one we have recorded to date. Lusi has different verbal abilities, and so shares her experiences with us using all the tools she has to help her with everyday life. We have a full video of this kōrero below to help tell Lusi’s story.

I didn’t grow up knowing much about my Samoan side, I am learning more about it now. It makes me powerful and full of pride

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