Lemi Ponifasio’s Requiemhttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/performance/samoan-requiem/604/
In any case, there are many powerfully dramatic images, performed by the ensemble MAU. The hypnotic opening scene features a man’s rippling, muscled back, at first appearing abstract, then becoming recognizable and gaining expression as his arms joined the movement. He’s joined by another man with his head thrown back, mouth agape. Several women in flowing whites glide forward and back while one or another sings a haunting line of vocalise.