About the project
MANU COLLECTIVE are a Pasifika / Māori based collective directed by Xavier Breed, alongside co-directors and fellow artists Connor Masseurs, Jas Ofamo’oni, Taitanyk Toniu, Tia Sagapolutele and Toa Paranihi.
In July 2018, 16 dancers and four directors travelled to Macau to take part in the biennial International Youth Dance Festival.
All of these artists are the creative, organisational and logistical minds behind the collective. As well as being a part of Manu Collective, these artists hold impressive portfolios within dance performance, choreography, education and youth work and are practicing dance in all forms currently in their own lives.
Manu collective’s performers consist of current Pasifika and Māori dance students from various tertiary dance institutions in New Zealand – NZ School of Dance, UNITEC Dance and the University of Auckland Dance Studies Department. This makes Manu the only collective of its kind in the country and potentially, the world, a collective solely aimed towards Pacific Island and Māori dancers in tertiary dance training and education to undertake performance opportunities overseas.
Xavier Breed, alongside co-directors Connor Masseurs, Jas Ofamo’oni, Taitanyk Toniu, Tia Sagapolutele and Toa Paranihi.
International Youth Dance Festival, Macau – July 2018