Faovale Imperium by James Nokise and DJ Don Luchito

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Join Wellington’s premiere comedian James Nokise and DJ Don Luchito for an hour of laughter at the expense of Captain James Cook as he voyages through the many cultures of the Pacific spreading ‘enlightenment’ to a people who lived in ecologically sustainable structures and knew how to sail without compasses…

A performance featuring irreverent history, pacific poetry and dynamic soundscapes - it’s basically the Disney film Moana, told by two guys who don’t look like The Rock, who even combined wouldn’t be the same size as The Rock.

About the artist

Multi-award winning comedian, James Nokise, is a theatre maker and playwright who tours the International Fringe Festival Circuit, performing successful seasons in Edinburgh, Perth, and even New York City. When back home in NZ, he's a renowned social commentator and former writer for 7 Days. He is the founder of No Fefe Theatre Collective, producing Wellington's longest running satire theatre series, Public Service Announcements and in 2016 became the first comedian to travel to the Festival of Pacific Arts as part of the Aotearoa delegation. James’ critically acclaimed podcast, Eating Fried Chicken in the Shower on RNZ, has been nominated for the Voyager Media Award 2020. In 2019 James won the Fred Award which recognises the best New Zealand show in the NZ International Comedy Festival.

This event runs in conjunction with Kōkōrangi ki Kōkōwai a new body of work by Nikau Hindin (Ngai Tūpoto, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi), showcasing her knowledge and commitment to Toi Māori, specifically in aute and documenting the movement of celestial bodies. Open until 04 Oct 2020.