Le Moana


LE MOANA are an arts organisation based in Aotearoa. Le Moana is a vessel for the exchange of stories, concepts and ideas through the medium of live performance.

The company was established as a pathway for cultural exchange and the development of Pacific storytelling locally and internationally.



Image by Pati Solomona Tyrell


Age:  All Ages

Duration:  51min

Audience Size:  700


Created by Tupua Tigafua

2016 - Current


Inspired by the works of renowned American writer Shel Silverstein, Shel We is an enchanting, playfully intriguing and visually stunning dance show created by Tupua Tigafua. A highly accomplished dancer and choreographer who has had an illustrious career dancing for some of Aotearoa’s creative elite and one of the most ingenious storytellers of this generation.


Shel Silverstein was a critically acclaimed writer who wrote books such as Where the sidewalk ends and The Giving Tree. As well as iconic ballads Sylvia's Mother for Doctor Hook and A boy named Sue for Johnny cash. Shel’s off beat style and brilliant use of metaphorical imagery in his poetry and illustrations are what inspires Tupua’s choreography - ultimately delivering a tribute to his parents, his family and the environment that has inspired him over the years.