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Go-getter seizes rare opportunity
Playwright, director and curator Louise Tu'u is the first person
from New Zealand and the Pacific Islands to be selected for
the five-member jury at the prestigious Zurcher Theater
Spektakel to be held from August 15 to September 1 in
Zurich. The annual international meeting of independent
theatre groups was founded in 1980 and ranks among the
most important European festivals for the contemporary
performing arts. Reporter Jess Lee sat down with the central
Auckland artist to find out how she has carved a name for
herself both at home and abroad and why her parents are still
waiting for her to get a proper job.
10 QUESTIONS WITH
Artistic pioneer: Louise Tu'u is heading to Switzerland as part of a jury at an
exclusive European theatre festival.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
of such a prestigious jury?
When I was invited by the artis-
tic director, Sandro Lunin, it was a
surreal moment. I feel honoured
and responsible to do my research
and read up on the shows before-
hand. Having said that, I'm also
open to what happens in perfor-
mances. That's what makes live
performance so vital -- it's immedi-
acy. You simply have to be there.
2. What are you hoping to
gain from the experience?
From my experiences of travel-
ling for work for eight years, I've
learnt it's important that you want
to make and leave a good
impression about who you are and
where you come from.
I'm hoping to see as many acts as
possible, talk to performers and
producers of the shows and work on
my tan. Here I've been getting
whiter and whiter each day.
3. How important is it to rep-
resent New Zealand and the
Pacific Islands on the world
The responsibility is always
there when you make work so this
is an extension of my practice. I am
intuitive as well as intellectual so
it's important to be aware of what's
happening at the time. Easy to say,
hard to practise.
I am the first to represent not
only New Zealand and the Islands
in this context but also my family.
So hey, no pressure.
4. How do you feel about your
reputation as a pioneer of the
I feel free in that I make oppor-
tunities happen and find out for
myself what works and what
doesn't. As I've gotten older and
travelled to different festivals and
events, I aim to be bold and back
that up with research, experience
and humour. You already are when
you're the first one to do anything
anyway. On another level, I feel I'm
making up lost ground for being
the youngest of four.
5. Has your career shaped
who you are or has who you are
shaped your career in any way?
Having been lucky to travel from
such a young age with aiga (fam-
ily), the ability to adapt in a new
environment has proven extremely
useful. That's definitely influenced
my love of travelling, especially for
work. The versatility of creating
and directing characters and nar-
rative onstage and off it has also
helped me become more agile in
how I react to situations.
6. Tell us something most
people wouldn't know about
I used to play flugelhorn in the
Salvation Army for seven years. A
flugel is like a cross between a cor-
net and a trumpet. If you're still
stuck use the internet, my friend.
7. Where will we see you in 10
Call me superstitious but I'd
rather achieve it than jinx it by
stating it here. In any case if I'm
still in live performance, then I
truly am blessed.
8. What are the best and
worst things about working in
I know Maori Language Week
passed but this should answer your
question: He tangata, he tangata,
he tangata (The people, the people,
9. What does your family
think of your choice of career?
After 12 years doing this pro-
fessionally, my mum still insists I
get a fulltime job. Dad is quietly
proud in that Samoan way of criti-
cising you to your face then show-
ing me off to my cousins that I'm a
lawyer. At least, I know where the
storytelling comes from.
10. If you weren't a play-
wright, director, actor and
curator what would you be?
A plumber. They have a better
hourly rate and the stories they
could tell about kitchen sink drama
would blow me out of the water any
Louise Tu'u is performing in Belief
at the Old Folks Association Hall, 8
Gundry St, Newton on August 3 at
7pm. Entry is free. Go to
weshouldpractice.com for more
information. For more information
about the Zurcher Theater Spektakel
go to theaterspektakel.ch/en/
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