Aloali'i Tapu

is a Samoan stage, design and dance artist from New Zealand. As a mentor and youth worker, he was involved in the street dance community and did community work. He studied contemporary dance at UNITEC (NZ). Tapus collaboration with Berlin-based choreographer Christoph Winkler lead to the win in the category of “Best dancer” at the “Faust” award for their bio-pic solo Urban Soul Café. He is a co-founder of Ta'alili Dance Company, which has had a profound impact on the perception of contemporary dance in New Zealand. Within his own productions he collaborates with Pacific artists with street and Island dance expertise.

During the K3 residency (season 22/23), Aloali'i Tapu will explore and deconstruct his identity within the dance scene. His interest lies in continueing his research about being described as “other” due his upbringing in a samoan home, his appearance and his language within the dance community. In Hamburg his work will revolve around connecting diasporic communities that fall under that same judgement.