A very short trip to Marbella, the South of Spain. We showcased Fijian dance and song to members of the Framesoft Company giving them a taste of Fiji. A special thanks to the Founders of Framesoft, Toralf, his wife Silke and their son Alexander who treated us so well during our stay.
VOU Nadi Concert
VOU School in Nadi threw one of its biggest concerts yet. Hoping for an audience of nearly 200, we quickly sparked the interest of the west bringing in a whole lot more of people who marvelled at the tremendous talent showed that night!
VOU’s Hip-hop squad IYOO took part in the Epeli Hau’ofa Dance competition at USP and won first place. We were up against many talented dancers from around Fiji but managed to scoop first place, thanks to our choreographer in residence Vivian Aue and his team.
New Zealand Tour
VOU went New Zealand with Choreographer, Vivian Aue, showcasing a piece called “VU”. They went on to conducting workshops around schools in Auckland before competing in “Grounded” a competition for emerging and established choreographers and dancers. VOU went on some of New Zealand’s established dancers and choreographers, a great but challenging experience.
Shanghai with Rosie Tours
A midst the tours in Europe and Shanghai, three of our dancers paid a visit to Shanghai with one of our valued clients, Rosie Holidays. They were to perform at the VIP Gala Night Dinner at the renown Gran Azzuro Royal Yacht Club.
Happy Valley Theme Park
A team of five set out on a tiring journey to Shanghai, China for three long months enduring tiring Performance and Parading schedules. They delivered every performance with excellence getting better every time.
A first for VOU. This had to be the most travelled we’ve been going to places like England, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, France and Scotland. A hectic trip full of airport mishaps and beautiful moments shared on and off stage. This was also the trip we won the Sustainable Practice Award from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with the piece, “Are We Stronger than Winston?” choreographed by 21 year old Navi Fong. The piece was dedicated to all victims of the devastating Cyclone Winston that hit Fiji earlier in the year. This time we also remember Fiji’s first Gold medal at the Rio Olympics. A winning year for a resilient country like Fiji.
Pacific Arts Festival, Guam
This is an event that we will always treasure, being able to collaborate with other pacific island artists, and being able to witness the diversity of the Pacific was truly amazing. A rare event where all Pacific Island countries and cultures met at one place. A vivacious place to be.
Photo by: Aaron March Photography
Hash Harriers Bali
2016 was quite an adventure for us and this trip was only the beginning. We were invited to Bali for the International Hash Harriers Event bidding to host the next Hash Harriers Event right here in Nadi. With our help, we were successful in winning the bid by simply being as Fijian as we could. The dancers who went on tour were Vivian Aue, Edwin Saladoka, Elizabeth Sidal, Zaira Begg and Rosie Weeks
Production Staging for Christmas Shows
In 2015, we were put to the test to make not one, not two but four productions for the Christmas shows. These were put to stage at the FNU Campus in Raiwai for three days. Unfortunately the Circus Show could not be staged due to a power outage. The productions included works by Navi Fong (Percussion), Sharlene Ali (Broadway) and Vivian Aue (Hip-hop) and Edward Soro (Circus)
VOU travels to Beijing, China
In October 2015, VOU travelled to Beijing, China in partnership with Rosie Holidays to extend the beautiful Bula smiles of Fiji. We were also very fortunate to go to one of the seven wonders of the world, The Great Wall.
Vivian Aue, our choreographer at residence worked with VOU for a few months in making a contemporary piece called: “Vanua-Tamata-Bure” which was staged at the Suva Civic Centre after the VOU School Concert
Open Nadi School
VOU opens the first dance school in Nadi, led by choreographer Gina Janus, who rallies a lovely vibrant and growing dance community around the school. By the final term of 2014 there are 100 students in the VOU Nadi School.
VOU represents Fiji at the Melanesian Arts Festival in Papua New Guinea. They are surrounded by vibrant culture and absorb the pride in being a part of the Melanesian family. They perform to thousands around Port Moresby and even travel to Alotau.
VOU tours to Canada where dancers first participate in “Pulling together” where we paddled for 9 days along traditional voyaging routes alongside the First Nation People of Canada and Indigenous people from around the world. After this VOU performed at the Mission Folk festival and the Surry Fusion Festival and featured on CBS national TV and Radio.
VOU sends Fiji’s FIRST EVER Hip-hop crew to the World Hip-Hop Championships in Las Vegas. They score well and gain so much experience and exposure on the world Hip hop scene.