ASPIRE will host a New Zealand based dance company name Le Moana, who will be presenting their touring performance, 1918.
1918 is a response to the devastating Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 that swept across the globe but had its worst effects in the then New Zealand colony of Western Sāmoa. This devastating disease travelled from New Zealand to Sāmoa on the passenger and cargo ship, SS Talune, claiming the lives of almost a third of the population. This dreadful period in Sāmoa’s history became a catalyst for resistance against the New Zealand colonial government, which eventually led to Sāmoa’s independence. 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary since this tragic and pivotal event.